Pastor Admits To Drug Abuse In Saucy Sunday Sermons

Pastor Admits To Drug Abuse In Saucy Sunday Sermons

By McCarton Ackerman 10/13/14

Alabama pastor Juan McFarland used his pulpit to admit to using drugs and having sex with church members after being diagnosed with AIDS.

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An Alabama pastor drew plenty of attention to his church with a series of Sunday sermons in which he admitted to drug abuse and sex with other church members.

Juan McFarland, who had been operating as pastor at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Montgomery since 1990, kicked off a sermon on Sept. 14 with confessions that he had adulterous encounters with congregates on church grounds, stole church funds to go on business trips, received an AIDS diagnosis in 2008, and abused illegal drugs. Two other equally scandalous sermons followed before the deacons unanimously voted to remove him from his position. It’s still unclear whether McFarland is still serving as moderator of the 34-church Alabama Middle District Missionary Baptist Association.

“Who does this to people?” asked one church member. “I know a young lady who is a member of the church who says she has slept with him…and she [is] running out now trying to find out if there is anything wrong with her.”

This isn’t the first drug scandal to come from a church pastor, however. Connecticut native Kevin Wallin earned the unflattering title of “Monsignor Meth” after selling large quantities of the drug out of his home for years. He served as the pastor of St. Augustine Parish in Bridgeport for nine years before resigning due to “personal issues” in 2011. His priesthood powers were indefinitely revoked after his arrest the following year. Wallin is still awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty, but faces anywhere from 11 to 14 years in prison on the charges.

Chad McCluskey, 44, was sentenced earlier this year to five years in prison after pleading guilty to drug conspiracy charges connected to Wallin’s business. His girlfriend, Kristen Laschober, pleaded guilty to the same charges and is awaiting sentencing. McCluskey blamed his own drug addiction for his actions and said he never intended to either become a drug dealer or have their business become so out of hand.

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.

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