Gospel Singer Kelontae Gavin Reveals He Was Molested as a Child, Hopes the Church Will Stop Overlooking People’s Trauma to Use Their Gifts

Chart-topping gospel singer Kelontae Gavin has a stern message for churches that overlook someone’s trauma for the sake of their gifts.

The 21-year-old is gearing up for the release of his second full-length album, titled The N.O.W. Experience, and is using his platform to openly talk about his molestation and recovery.

“I was molested from [age] five to 13, which led me into a lifestyle of perversion,” Gavin said to The Christian Post, revealing that his cousin was the perpetrator.

At 17 years old, he served as a worship leader who helped bring other people hope but he found himself in a very hopeless situation. Noting that his life did not align with what he was singing about, he found himself wanting to walk away from God.

“It’s scary to be gifted in the Church because sometimes your gift can cloud and block the thing that God really requires of you most, and that’s your heart,” he said, admitting that his molestation led to a life of exploring his sexuality.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jeannie Law