Children’s pastor in Jasper under FBI investigation, fired from church

14 News [Evansville, IN]

March 15, 2024

By Jill Lyman

A Jasper church has sent a letter to their congregation saying Aaron Lockman has been fired as Kids Pastor due to a “significant moral failure.”

The letter is from Redemption Christian Church. It reads:


We need to share some important information with you regarding our Kids Ministry. Based on information we have received this week, Aaron Lockman, because of a significant moral failure, has been terminated from his position as Kids Minister at our Jasper Campus.”

Lockman is no longer listed on the church’s website.

Officials with the Dubois County Sheriff’s Office confirm they assisted with the investigation, but it is a case from the Evansville FBI Office.

A Facebook page for Lockman and also a Facebook page for the church’s kids ministry have been deleted.

Redemption Christian Church provided this statement Friday afternoon:

“We are horrified, angry, and grieving the actions of, and allegations against, the church’s former Jasper Campus Children’s Minister Aaron Lockman.

We are cooperating fully with the authorities investigating this matter and are a transparent resource to them during this investigation.

When we learned of the investigation, we immediately terminated Aaron Lockman’s 14-month employment with Redemption Christian Church and barred him from church properties.

While we are intensely hurt by this event — and grieve for the victims of these activities — we fervently believe in God’s restorative justice and care for the most vulnerable and we always seek to reflect that care.”