March 20, 2018
By Ron Maxey
Andy Savage, accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl in Texas 20 years ago, has resigned from his ministerial post at Highpoint Church.
The Memphis megachurch announced the resignation Tuesday, saying that while an investigation found no other instances of abuse, “the leadership team at Highpoint Church agrees that Andy’s resignation is appropriate.”
The statement is the first time the church leadership has termed the encounter involving Savage as “abuse.”
Savage’s fall culminates more than two months of accusations and soul-searching over a case that became symbolic of the #churchtoo offshoot of the #metoo movement.
Savage was teaching pastor at Highpoint, part of the church’s senior leadership team. His resignation from the post follows a lengthy investigation by Scott Fredricks, a Fort Worth, Texas, attorney whose specialties include assisting churches with child abuse investigations.
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