Virginia’s Scandal-Rocked ROC Megachurch Releases New Pastor After 7 Weeks

Joe Donahue
Joe Donahue

After being arrested on sexual abuse charges, Geronimo Aguilar left Richmond Outreach Center (ROC) about a year ago. Now, Joe Donahue—the pastor hired to fill his shoes and bring healing to the Virginia megachurch—is also on his way out the door.

“This man is the man God has raised up as the leader of the Richmond Outreach Center, and he will lead this ministry into the future,” Jonathan Falwell, who has been acting as a consultant for ROC, told the congregation when they announced the former teaching pastor at First Redeemer Church in Cumming, Georgia, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

“I’m telling you tonight, God has heard the prayer of the Richmond Outreach Center … and God has said … ‘I will deliver you from the hands of every single person who mocked this church. And I will deliver you from the hands of every single person who laughed at this church.’ … There is a new day dawning for the Richmond Outreach Center, and that day begins right now,” Falwell said at the time.

That day ended seven weeks later. ROC was not immediately available for comment, but Donahue is speaking loud and clear from a heart of confusion.

“My wife and I love the ROC,” he wrote on a statement on his website. “We believed that God had called us to the ROC to lead the church to health, growth and to become a New Testament structured church. In the words of my 4 year old, ‘We love the ROC family.’ We still believe that God has called us to the ROC, to minister to the church family, the community and to repair a broken foundation.”

Donahue says he understood it would be difficult but never anticipated anything like what has occurred since Thursday.

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SOURCE: Charisma News
Jennifer Leclaire

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