Alabama Baptist Children’s Pastor Pleads Guilty 16 Counts of Sodomy, 3 Counts of Sexual Abuse

Jeff Eddie (Photo: Muscle Shoals Police Dept.)
Jeff Eddie (Photo: Muscle Shoals Police Dept.)

A Baptist children’s pastor in Alabama has pleaded guilty to 16 counts of sodomy, three counts of sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12 and one count of child pornography.

Jeffrey Dale Eddie, the children’s pastor and administrator of Highland Park Baptist Church in Muscle Shoals, was arrested Feb. 4. Eddie, who was released from his duties upon arrest, had served on the Highland Park staff for 16 years.

Eddie was charged with two counts of child pornography, 31 counts of second-degree sodomy and three counts of sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12, according to The Alabama Baptist newspaper.

Court documents indicate Eddie confessed to performing multiple sex acts on children from the church he served.

WAFF-TV reported Eddie will serve at least 30 years in prison under his March 7 plea. The sentence will be served concurrently.

Prior to his role at Highland Park Baptist, Eddie was employed by North Highland Baptist Church near Tuscumbia, North Village Baptist Church in Florence and one other unconfirmed church, according to his personal website.

Brett Pitman, pastor of Highland Park Baptist, discussed at the Alabama State Evangelism Conference in Montgomery Feb. 24-25 the church’s desire to minister to the hurting families affected by the tragedy.

During his sermon, Pitman said suffering provides an opportunity for God to be glorified. He urged listeners to allow weeping to lead them to worship.

“When you are stripped bare … beaten down … and yet in the midst of that through [a] broken heart you’re able to stand and worship the one true, holy God,” Pitman said, “… it will be the most glorious worship you will ever experience. In the midst of suffering, get your eyes off the storm and … on Jesus.”

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SOURCE: Baptist Press

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