Robert Morris Resigns from Gateway Following Past Abuse Allegations

The church said it “did not have all the facts” about his earlier misconduct.

Gateway Church founder and senior pastor Robert Morris has resigned, and his Texas megachurch is launching an investigation into allegations of abuse from 35 years ago, according to a statement to media.

Morris—a former advisor to President Trump and leader of one of the largest nondenominational churches in the country—is leaving after an Oklahoma woman, Cindy Clemishire, shared a story of being molested by the pastor when she was a minor in the 1980s. He has led the congregation since 2000.

In a statement Tuesday announcing Morris’s resignation, Gateway’s board of elders said they were “heartbroken and appalled” to learn that what they believed was an extramarital relationship was allegedly abuse of a minor, The Christian Post reported.

“Regretfully, prior to Friday, June 14, the elders did not have all the facts of the inappropriate relationship between Morris and the victim, including her age at the time and the length of the abuse,” they said. “The elders’ prior understanding was that Morris’s extramarital relationship, which he had discussed many times throughout his ministry, was with ‘a young lady’ and not abuse of a 12-year-old child.”

The elders had initially responded on Friday saying he had already disclosed what happened and “undergone restoration.”

Morris’s earlier statement to The Christian Post referred to the incident as “inappropriate sexual behavior with a young lady.” The church has hired a law firm, Haynes & Boone, LLP, to conduct a review of Clemishire’s account from the 1980s.

“Even though it occurred many years before Gateway was established, as leaders of the church, we regret …

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