CHRISTIAN BREAKING NEWS: Who is Aaron Ivey? Former Pastor, Austin Stone Community Church, Austin, Texas, Husband of Podcaster, Jamie Ivey | Accused of ‘Inappropriate and Explicit Ongoing Text Messages’ with Men [#AaronIvey #AustinStone #TheAustinStone]

CHRISTIAN BREAKING NEWS: Who is Aaron Ivey? Former Pastor, Austin Stone Community Church, Austin, Texas, Husband of Podcaster, Jamie Ivey | Accused of ‘Inappropriate and Explicit Ongoing Text Messages’ with Men [#AaronIvey #AustinStone #TheAustinStone]

FULL STATEMENT BY CHURCH ELDERS AUSTIN STONE COMMUNITY CHURCH, AUSTIN, TEXAS: “Partner Message Concerning Aaron Ivey’s Dismissal”
https://www.austinstone.org/articles/aaron-ivey-dismissal
Source: The Austin Stone Website, austinstone.org

In an effort and desire for complete transparency, we must make you aware of a disqualifying situation regarding one of our former pastors, Aaron Ivey.

On Monday, February 5th, Aaron Ivey was fired from staff after it came to light that he engaged in inappropriate and explicit ongoing text messages with an adult male. Several elders were made aware of this situation on the evening of Sunday, February 4th and after reviewing the explicit nature of these messages, it was clear that termination of Aaron’s eldership and employment was necessary in accordance with the clear biblical standards outlined in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and 1 Timothy 5:19-20.

Since then, we have uncovered multiple similar instances with different individuals dating back to 2011 that show a very clear pattern of predatory manipulation, sexual exploitation, and abuse of influence. Three of the known instances involved adult male individuals. However, one known instance, in 2011, involved a minor male outside our formal programming, which we have reported to the appropriate authorities.

Due to these abhorrent instances, we feel it necessary to share the timeline as we currently understand it, though we will not be surprised if more is uncovered:

2011: the first known instance, which took place with a teenage male victim and continued over time, involved inappropriate and explicit communications, indecent exposure, and the use of alcohol and illegal substances
2020: involved inappropriate and explicit ongoing texts with an adult male
2021: involved inappropriate and explicit behavior with an adult male
February 2024: involved inappropriate and explicit ongoing texts with an adult male (this was the cause for discovery of the pattern of inappropriate behavior)

As elders, we are heartbroken for the victims and their families. Knowing the Lord’s sheep are worth our protection and our love, we are committed to loving this body and rooting out evil. We know this may affect your trust because we know it certainly has rattled ours. As you likely know, we rigorously train all our staff and leaders to prevent this with our partners at MinistrySafe. We are devastated to learn that those measures have been circumvented. MinistrySafe has been informed and will walk with us to ensure that we do everything possible to serve the victims and those who have been sinned against. We are committed to doing our very best, and we need your help, as we care for those affected by this terrible situation. We covet your prayers for the individuals affected, our leaders, and our church as a whole.

We know this news is devastating, and that you may have questions about this or want to process with someone. That is normal and expected and right. In addition, if this has brought to mind something from your own story, we invite you to speak with someone who can help you. Our elders, staff, and leaders are available to spend time with you and pray with you. If you don’t know who to connect with or where to go, you can start by emailing our Care Team at care@austinstone.org and we’ll make sure you are connected to the right person.

Though we are deeply grieved by all that has happened, we are confident that even in the darkest valleys, we do not need to fear because our Good Shepherd is with us. Jesus is still King, He will build His church and we can trust Him to bring good even through the hardest days. This will inevitably change many of our immediate plans, but it doesn’t change the call or the sure and certain victory of Jesus’ church. As we sit in a posture of humble hurt, we also want to grab hold of any strands of gospel hope that we can.

We lift our weeping eyes to Jesus, the author and protector of our faith. He alone is worthy of our hope and our lives.

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