Bristol Evangelical church attempted to cover up pastor’s sexual abuse of 14-year-old bo

Bristol Post

By Emma Grimshaw | Posted: September 28, 2016

An Evangelical church left a ‘significant delay’ in reporting one of its pastors had sexually abused a 14-year-old and a senior leader tried to persuade the boy’s family to drop the allegations an inquiry concluded.

Bristol Community Church, based in Kingswood, has been blasted for a series of errors which amounted to serious misconduct and failure to protect its young and vulnerable member.

The results for the long-awaited inquiry into the church, which last year changed its name to Bourne Christian Centre, were published on Friday.

In 2012 the church’s pastor James Hennah, who also worked as a magistrate and a Bristol Grammar School counsellor, pleaded guilty to abusing a boy after befriending him and his family at a church group he ran.

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