April 05, 2005

Pastor previously addicted to porn, prostitutes resigns


Associated Press

NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas -- A minister who wrote about how he overcame an addiction to prostitutes and pornography has resigned as senior pastor of a 4,000-member church after a woman accused him of sexual misconduct, church leaders said.

The resignation of Mike Fehlauer, senior pastor of The Tree of Life Fellowship, was announced to the congregation Sunday in an hourlong sermon delivered by Ted Haggard, president of the 30 million-memberAbuse Tracker Association of Evangelicals.

Haggard said a married woman wrote a letter about two weeks ago to the church board, detailing her allegations. Since there was only a lone accuser and no proof, the church board decided to dismiss the complaint and drop the investigation, he said.

However, the woman threatened to sue the church if Fehlauer did not resign, Haggard said.

Posted by kshaw at April 5, 2005 12:40 PM