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Jacksonville Church Hires Registered Sex Offender as Pastor, Bans Children from Service
By Kyle Munzenrieder Tue., Feb. 21 2012 at 12:04 PM 58 Comments
Categories: WTF Florida

​The Lord may be forgiving. Sex offender laws? Not so much.

A Baptist church in Jacksonville has hired a registered sex offender as its new pastor, but because a court has ruled the he’s not allowed to have “unsupervised contact with children under 18 years old,” the church has decided to ban kids from its Sunday services.

Back in 2009, Darrell Gilyard pleaded guilty to charges of lewd conduct and lewd molestation according to At the time Gilyard was a pastor at Shiloh Baptist Church. His victims were female members of his congregation under 18. He molested one 15-year-old girl and sent a lewd text message to another.

Gilyward was released from jail on December 28 and began preaching at the Christ Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church in late January.

As part of his three-year probation, Gilyard cannot have any unsupervised contact with children. However, even any supervised contact must be OK’d by a therapist. He must also enroll in a sex offender therapy program before supervised contact is allowed. Gilyard says he’s enrolled in such a program, and his attorneys have filed a motion seeking to clarify the terms of his probation and to allow children in the church while he’s at the pulpit according to

In the meantime, the church has decided to ban all children from Sunday service.

“Somehow I will prove that life isn’t over when one has committed a crime for which he receives this heinous label,” Gilyard told a reporter through text message. “You don’t have to languish on the fringes of society.”

Oddly, Gilyard’s arrival at the church has caused a spike in attendance. Before Gilyard joined the church about 10 members came to service. Now the numbers are between 150 and 200.

11 Responses to WHAT A CHURCH

  • OBSERVER says:

    dese tings is exactly y sandy n odda destructive natural disasters plague wi :hoax2

  • kia NUNYABIZNIZ bubblez says:

    WTF??? sum ppl tooo rass fool him crime is more heinous dan di label #bitchassrapist di congretation mussi predators n rapist dem self :mad:

  • Anonymous says:

    What a piece a slackness..shame on the church,why did they ban Sunday services for the kids becas of this molestor,he should not b there in the first place but congregation..shoooot dem need fi hire mi then

  • U see their priority!

    Man the poor kids of this generation!

  • MAMACITA says:

    I believe that going to church is an important part of a childs’ life. Back home…..all if a one frock an boot yuh hab, try mek sure dem clean fi church Satday or Sunday. Church might even be childrens’ last hope in this day and age. Not saying it will change all that enter…..but it is always a good thing when children are introduced to church. If dem nuh have dat……den a road dem a go touch. Smh. May God have mercy on us all.

  • good girl gone bad says:

    really?? Yuh ban children from hearing the word because u want to hear a molester preach!! These are the days!

  • Fyahwife says:

    ” A Baptist church in Jacksonville has hired a registered sex offender as its new pastor, but because a court has ruled the he’s not allowed to have “unsupervised contact with children under 18 years old,” the church has decided to ban kids from its Sunday services.”

    Dis paragraph disgust me!!!!

    “Members were about 10 before him arrive now its $150 to 200”
    So dem a run eeeen to this fool yah and dem convince seh him is a change man ???? Ok gi him time
    Dats y jim jones did gi dem the kool aid fi drink kah some people act blind to the obvious
    How can a man who PLEAD GUILTY to being a sex offender be a man of the cloth ???????!!!

  • Berry says:

    I guess dem nuh wah get rid ah him because dem ah mek some money now. Smh. That’s terrible. These people are only out for money. How can u ban children from Church service? This just nuh mek no sense.

  • maybe he should go to Jamaica and preach on a bus..nuhbody wont check him background and de holy people dem wi defend him and say him spreading the word of GOD

  • Anonymous says:

    Lord please save them all please

  • Regula says:

    @CITA same soh! but on a different note, maybe these kids are better off being excluded from what seems to be a bunch of lunatics and perverts. I see the dilemma presented to the church when fundamental principles(forgiveness in this case)comes into conflict with the Law. It is never going to be an easy decision either way and I am inclined to think that this was strongly deliberated and when I look at it that way I think it was the right decision. Protect the children at all cost! even if it means denying them the opportunity to hear the word of God. Who among us would send their child to school/church/football etc, knowing the person who’s meant to be tutoring them is a pervert? Right. Which is the greater evil?; Denying them the word or Exposing them to abuse?. Not everything is black and white.#myopinion

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