After pastor’s sex abuse charges, his wife and congregation gather

Des Moines Register

Molly Longman , Jan. 29, 2017

DALLAS CENTER, Ia. — The arrest of Dallas Center Church of the Brethren’s 14-year pastor on child molestation charges tinged Sunday school and a worship service at the church Sunday, although it wasn’t explicitly referenced.

About 40 people gathered in the wooden pews for worship, four days after Randy August Johnson, 52, was accused of repeatedly sexually abusing a girl from 2013 to 2014 while she was 12 and 13 years old.

Randy Johnson’s wife, the Rev. Kathy Johnson, 54, delivered the sermon on Sunday, reading from Philippians 2:16, about not living a life in vain, and leading hymns.

When she addressed the congregation, she started by saying, “Wowzers, what a week we’ve had.”

In an interview Sunday, Kathy Johnson said her husband resigned officially as pastor two weeks ago after 14 years with the church. Kathy Johnson said he’d stopped delivering sermons on Christmas Eve, when detectives told the family he was being investigated.

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