Special Church Counsel Created To Investigate Pastor For Collusion
The leadership team St. John's United Methodist Church has created a special investigative counsel to look into charges that their pastor, Rev. Emmett Clark has been colluding with leaders from other denominations. Questions arose after a photo of Pastor Clark surfaced on Facebook. In the photo he was seen sharing a meal with what turned out to be pastors from various denominations.
Apparently this was not a one-time event. The investigative team has uncovered evidence that this lunch happens once a month and occurs at various locations around the city, and has been going on for about a year. The leadership team started having questions about Rev. Clark's outside relationships when he started talking about holiness and sin in his homilies.
Pastor Emmett, for his part is stating that the lunches were just a time of fellowship between pastors of various denominations. "We would rotate church facilities every month. There would be maybe 10-20 pastors from Baptist, Assemblies of God, Wesleyan, Presbyterian, Lutheran, Independent, and other churches. All we did was encourage one another in a relaxed atmosphere. There were no sermon notes exchanged."
So far the investigation has revealed that Clark used his church computer to visit the websites of the churches pastored by his ecumenical association. An email has also surfaced that suggests the pastor was making plans to participate in a community Thanksgiving service at First Church of the Nazarene.
"The evidence is piling up," says Mueller Roberts, lead church counsel investigator. "Rev. Clark keeps tweeting that there is no collusion. Time will tell."