‘The Lord Brought Judgment’: N.C. Church Fires Pastor Over Sexual Misconduct

The Roys Report [Chicago IL]

April 8, 2024

By Josh Shepherd

The leadership team of a North Carolina congregation has dismissed the church’s lead pastor for “sexual misconduct” that involved multiple adult victims. He was ousted after initially giving a “partial” confession that multiple staff challenged as an attempt to “control” the narrative.

In an open letter released on April 1, leaders of Pursuit Church in Denver, North Carolina, announced that Pastor Jordan Green’s employment at the church had been terminated as of that date. “Green committed acts of sexual misconduct which has deeply wounded his victims, the people who call Pursuit Church home, and this leadership team,” it stated. 

The 850-word letter stated that Green was found to be in situations that “were in direct violation of Pursuit Church’s policy regarding workplace harassment.” A Facebook post from Pursuit Church on April 4 clarified that “the victims of Jordan’s actions . . . were all adults.” 

In a statement to local outlet WBTV, Green referred to his “grievous sin against God and his church” for which he is “deeply heartbroken,” he said. “The Lord brought judgment and discipline down on my life which I am extremely thankful for.” 

However, Green added: “I do believe there are things being said that are twisted versions of the truth or aren’t true at all . . .” It is unclear if the former pastor referred to the church’s open letter. 

Pursuit Church Executive Pastor John Doggette told The Roys Report (TRR) that church leaders “stand by the open letter to the church” and would not comment further at this time. “We are continuing to process all that has happened and must start the process of healing,” said Doggette. 

A member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, Pursuit Church reported donation income in 2022 of $2.7 million. Founded in 2005, the church also runs Pursuit Preparatory Academy, a Christian K-4th grade school. 

The statement by Pursuit Church leaders, signed by Doggette, Chief Financial Officer Rita Kale, lead elder Mark Kale, and elder Scott Davis, addressed the pastor’s status. 

“Jordan Green is not allowed onto church or school premises in any capacity,” it stated. “This must be done to protect God’s people, who are the church.” 

Green’s partial confession, manipulation exposed

In remarks that preceded his sermon at Pursuit Church this past Sunday, Doggette emphasized the harm done by Green.

“Our hearts ache for those who were directly impacted by the actions of Jordan,” said Doggette. “Our hearts ache for the church body . . . we’re all hurting together and we’re all grieving together.”

The lengthy open letter suggests that hurt was compounded by Green’s failure to fully own up to his actions. A popular preacher online, Green had over 5,000 followers on TikTok and nearly 15,000 followers on Instagram before his social channels went dark this week.

Church leaders stated that Green “initially confessed” to “sexual harassment” on March 28, and again in an all-staff meeting the next day. “(But) Jordan’s confession was no confession at all,” the letter noted. “In these meetings, Jordan told partial truths and manipulated the events to fit the narratives he so desired to control.” 

The next day, on Saturday, March 30—the day before Easter Sunday—church staff and leaders reconvened to hear a “further confession” from Green. But the letter states that Green again equivocated and did not tell the full story. 

According to the letter, staff challenged Green. “The floodgates opened and truth began to be revealed. One by one, brave souls began to share their personal stories of how Jordan had harmed them during their employment at Pursuit Church. It was raw. It was angry. It was real.”

Green “sat silently, head down, unresponsive, except for two instances where he attempted to defend himself,” the letter stated. “After more than an hour of raw testimony from his victims, your staff and your family, Jordan was dismissed from the room.” 

Church staff and leaders “wept and grieved together for hours,” it continued. “The more we wept and grieved together the more the truth was exposed, each reality worse than the one before.” 

The next day, elder Mark Kale delivered the Easter Sunday message in both services at Pursuit Church. The church released its public letter that Monday. 

Praise for church’s swift action and disclosure 

Many commenters online praised church leaders’ detailed statement and swift response. 

Tony Ray, a former pastor and evangelist, posted on X: ”Finally a church with integrity to protect future victims.” 

A woman in Texas, Christie Waterman, stated: “Appropriate response. So sad for the victims and congregation. May they find healing.” 

Jimmy Hinton, an author who trains church leaders in abuse prevention, told TRR that he saw a lot to applaud in how leaders of Pursuit Church have responded.

“They fired Jordan Green immediately (and) will not allow him on the property,” Hinton told TRR. “They were transparent about details of the abuse and Jordan’s minimization of it. And they are allowing the congregation to ask any questions they have.” 

On Sunday, Doggette told the congregation, “The impacts of what has transpired are deep and wide.”

But the executive pastor aimed to answer what he called a “burning question” that he believed many congregants had been pondering.

“Because this has happened, does this make the Gospel I heard, does it make the Bible teachings that I received, does it make the profession of faith that I made, does it make the baptism I received, or experiences with the Holy Spirit I had in this place, under the teachings of Jordan, invalid? Absolutely not!” preached Doggette. “The Gospel is no less true.” 

He added that everyone needs redemption. 

“Sin has its consequences (which) is what we’re all experiencing,” he said, “But Jesus doesn’t condemn us in our sin. Jesus came to save us from this very sin.”