David Barry Eller (born April 30, 1945) was a professor of Religious Studies and head of the Department of Religious Studies at Elizabethtown College until his termination, following his arrest for attempting to meet a minor for sex in July 2006.
Paul Barnes is the founder and former senior minister of the evangelical church Grace Chapel in Douglas County, Colorado. He confessed to being homosexual to the church board, and his resignation was accepted on December 7, 2006. He started the church in his basement and watched it reach a membership of 2,100 in his 28 years of leadership.
Henry Ward Beecher (June 24, 1813 – March 8, 1887) was a prominent Congregationalist clergyman, social reformer, abolitionist, and speaker in the mid to late 19th century. An 1875 adultery trial in which he was accused of having an affair with a married woman was one of the most notorious American trials of the 19th century.
John Church (1780 – c. 1835) was an Independent clergyman most famous for his involvement in the homosexual scandal of the Vere Street Coterie. He is often claimed as the first openly gay ordained Christian minister in England. Contemporary rumours about this are unproveable one way or the other, though circumstantial evidence seems to suggest that his “inordinate affections which led me into error” can be equated with homosexual inclinations.
Fr. Vincent Mercer, (born 1947, Co. Kerry) is a Dominican priest, a convicted paedophile and former headmaster of Newbridge College, County Kildare, Ireland. He was convicted in March 2005 of 13 sample charges of indecently assaulting eight pupils aged 10–13 on various dates between 1970 and 1977. He received a three-year suspended sentence at Naas Circuit Criminal Court.
Juan Carlos Maccarone (born 19 October 1940 in Buenos Aires) is an Argentinian Roman Catholic retired bishop. In 2005, a video was published, which showed Maccarone having sex together with a 23 year old man. Maccarone retired as bishop on 19 August 2005.
Eddie Lee Long (born May 12, 1953) is the senior pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, a megachurch in unincorporated DeKalb County, Georgia, United States, near Lithonia. When Long started as pastor for New Birth in 1987, there were 300 church members. Since his installation, membership has grown to 25,000. Allegations of inappropriate behaviour came out by 4 independent young male members of the church. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported on 27 May 2011 that the lawsuits were settled out-of-court; terms were undisclosed.
The Reverend Dr. Lonnie Latham (born January 7, 1946) served as the senior pastor of South Tulsa Baptist Church, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, a post he held from 2002 to January 6, 2006, when he resigned from that position as well as from the executive committee of the Southern Baptist Convention (where he served as one of four such members from Oklahoma), and as the recording secretary of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma. His resignation came after his arrest for lewdness. He was later acquitted of the lewdness charge on March 7, 2007.
Robert Kayanja is the founder and Senior Pastor of the Miracle Centre Cathedral, a megachurch in Kampala, the capital of Uganda. He is sometimes cited as one of the most powerful people in the country.In 2009, a scandal erupted when Kayanja was accused of sexually abusing two teenage male church members. Other pastors had assisted the teenagers in filing their complaints, which were later withdrawn. Kayanja’s supporters accused rivals of seeking to damage his reputation ahead of a visit by American preacher Benny Hinn to the Miracle Centre Cathedral. The police later cleared Kayanja of sodomy. They also cleared his accusers of charges of conspiracy to damage his reputation.
Percy Jocelyn (November 29, 1764 – September 3, 1843) was Anglican Bishop of Clogher in the Church of Ireland from 1820 to 1822. He was forced from his position due to claims of homosexual practices. On July 19, 1822, Percy Jocelyn was caught in a compromising position with a Grenadier Guardsman, John Moverley, in the back room of The White Lion public house, St Albans Place, off The Haymarket, Westminster. He and Moverley were released on bail, provided by the Earl of Roden and others. Jocelyn broke bail and moved to Scotland where he worked as a butler under an assumed name. He was declared deposed in his absence by the Metropolitan Court of Armagh in October 1822 for “the crimes of immorality, incontinence, Sodomitical practices, habits, and propensities, and neglect of his spiritual, judicial, and ministerial duties”.
Jack Frasure Hyles (September 25, 1926 – February 6, 2001) was a leading figure in the Independent Baptist movement, having pastored the First Baptist Church of Hammond in Hammond, Indiana, from 1959 until his death. In October 1997, an Indianapolis lawyer filed a lawsuit against First Baptist Church of Hammond, accusing the church and its pastor of allowing a mentally retarded woman to be sexually assaulted for six years. The civil suit filed in Lake Superior Court in Gary claims the Chicago woman was “induced by agents” of the church in 1991 to ride a bus to attend Sunday school at First Baptist. While in the care of the church, the lawsuit alleges, the woman was sexually assaulted, molested, battered and raped more than once through fall 1996.
Frank Houston (born William Francis Houston; in Wanganui, New Zealand 1926 (sometimes stated to be 1922) – died Sydney, Australia, 8 November 2004), was a Pentecostal Christian pastor in the Assemblies of God in New Zealand and Australia. In 2000 he was advised to resign his ministerial credentials by his own son, Brian Houston the National President of the Assemblies of God in Australia, after Houston confessed to the sexual abuse of young (under-age) male members of his New Zealand congregation 30 years earlier.
Billy James Hargis (August 3, 1925, Texarkana, Arkansas – November 27, 2004, Tulsa, Oklahoma) was a fundamentalist Protestant Christian evangelist. At the height of his popularity in the 1950s and 1960s, his Christian Crusade ministry was broadcast on more than 500 radio stations and 250 television stations. He promoted an anti-Communist message as well as evangelization, and founded a radio station, monthly newspaper and a college in Tulsa, Oklahoma to support his ministries. In 1974 several students at his American Christian College accused Hargis of sexual misconduct. Hargis went into early retirement and the college closed in 1977. He continued to publish his newspaper and to write books.
Earl Pearly Paulk, Jr. (May 30, 1927 – March 29, 2009) was the American founder of the Cathedral at Chapel Hill, a charismatic/Pentecostal megachurch in Decatur, Georgia; a suburb of Atlanta. Noted as “one of the country’s first great independent megachurches”, it gained an international reputation for combining liturgical arts, such as dance and drama, with cutting-edge social ministry.” He was also known for his lifelong crusade against racism. Paulk’s reputation was severely tarnished in his later years by allegations of sexual misconduct, including several illicit relationships and accusations that he had molested children. Paulk was involved with many sex scandals spanning several decades.
John Paulk (born 1963) is an American ex-gay and conversion therapy advocate and author. He is the former leader of Focus on the Family’s Love Won Out conference and was chairman of the board of Exodus International North America from 1995 to 2000. His 2000 autobiography Not Afraid to Change addresses his sexuality and attempts to change same-sex desires. Later that same year, after an incident in which Paulk was revealed to be a patron at a gay bar, both organizations removed him from leadership positions.
Michael Reid (born 1944) was a Christian evangelist in Essex, England and founder of Michael Reid Ministries. He resigned from the role of pastor at Peniel Church in April 2008 after admitting to an eight-year extra-marital sexual relationship. He has since developed his evangelistic ministry and speaks at a number of churches in the UK and overseas. Michael Reid (born 1944) was a Christian evangelist in Essex, England and founder of Michael Reid Ministries. He resigned from the role of pastor at Peniel Church in April 2008 after admitting to an eight-year extra-marital sexual relationship. He has since developed his evangelistic ministry and speaks at a number of churches in the UK and overseas.
Jimmy Lee Swaggart (born March 15, 1935) is a Pentecostal American pastor, teacher, musician, television host, and televangelist. He has preached to crowds around the world through his weekly telecast. According to the official website for Jimmy Swaggart Ministries, his 1980s telecast was transmitted to over 3,000 stations and cable systems each week. Swaggart’s television ministry, which began in 1975, continues (as of May 2011) airing nationally and internationally. The weekly Jimmy Swaggart Telecast and A Study in the Word programs are seen nationwide and abroad on 78 channels in 104 countries as well as live over the Internet. In February 1988, Swaggart stirred controversy after a private investigation found he had solicited a prostitute for sex. Initially, Swaggart denied the accusations; but, as a media investigation proceeded, he acknowledged that some allegations were true. He later apologized for the acts in a televised broadcast.
Reverend Jim Whittington (born February 16, 1941 in Dillon, South Carolina). Whittington is a televangelist and faith healer who spent 2 1/2 years in prison for money laundering, mail fraud, conspiracy, and interstate transportation of stolen property from his evangelist crusades and direct mail business in the 1980s.