More on #ChurchToo — Our expanded Q&A with Jimmy Hinton on sexual abuse in churches
For Jimmy Hinton, there was no question: He had to…
— Peter Smith (@PG_PeterSmith) March 22, 2015
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette profiled Pennsylvania minister Jimmy Hinton in its Sunday, March 22, edition:
In his growing work of consulting with churches on matters of sexual abuse, Jimmy Hinton says he hears a common refrain.
If a devoted member of a congregation is accused, members will give all kinds of reasons “it just can’t be him,” he says.
The accused is so kind and nice. He’s a family man. He never cusses.
“At the end of that,” Mr. Hinton says, he tells them: “You just described in great detail my father.”
The father, John Wayne Hinton, whom he watched with admiration as he preached the gospel from the pulpit of Somerset Church of Christ, a small evangelical congregation where the elder Hinton was minister for 27 years until 2001.
The father who inspired Jimmy Hinton to go into ministry himself, assuming his father’s old pulpit in 2009.
Then in July 2011, a woman confided to Jimmy Hinton that his father had molested her when she was a girl.
As noted by award-winning Post-Gazette religion writer Peter Smith, Hinton’s story was first told by The Christian Chronicle last year.
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