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A pastor who admitted to sexually assaulting a teenager 20 years ago in Texas, received a standing ovation from his Tennessee mega-church congregation when he asked for forgiveness.
Andy Savage, a pastor at Highpoint Church in Memphis, made his remarks and issued his apology during Sunday services which were streamed live on the Church's YouTube page.
Savage - Past - Victim - Jules - Woodson
Savage's past was brought up by his victim Jules Woodson, who wrote about the incident on WatchKeep Friday. She says in 1998, Savage was giving her a ride home while she was in high school. He took her to a wooded area, unzipped his pants, took his **** out, and asked her for oral sex.
While Savage issued an apology, he did not discuss the details of the incident that he said he thought had been 'dealt with in Texas' at the time. The pastor concluded his remarks saying 'My repentance over this sin over 20 years ago was done believing God's forgiveness is bigger than any sin, and I still believe that,' to which the audience cheered.
Conclusion - Remarks - Ovation - Closing - Savage
However it was the final conclusion to his remarks that was met with a standing ovation. In closing, Savage added for 'Any painful memories or fresh wounds this has created for anyone, I am sorry and I humbly ask for your forgiveness, I love you all very much,' to which the audience stood up and roared in applause.
Woodson, who penned the heart-wrenching account of the abuse, told the New York Times she found the YouTube video of Savage 'disgusting' and said the incident was never properly handled.
Time - Savage - College - Student - Youth
At the time, Savage was a college student and youth minister at Woodlands Parkway Baptist Church in Texas.
Woodson, a 17-year-old high school senior, was a member of his youth ministry.
Evening - Spring - Savage
She clearly recalls one evening in Spring 1998 when Savage offered her a...
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