Pastor Of Owensboro Church Resigns Over Misconduct

OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) - The longtime pastor at a large church in western Kentucky has abruptly resigned because of what church elders called inappropriate conduct.

Myke Templeton was pastor at Owensboro Christian Church for nearly 28 years. The church attracts nearly three thousand people to its weekend services.

Templeton was asked to resign immediately earlier this week. Elders did not specify in a letter what it is the pastor did. The church also asked another staff member to resign, the letter said, but that person wasn't named.

The church started with 23 members in 1953. Templeton became pastor in 1979.

--- Information from: Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer,

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  • by Cindy Location: TN on Aug 2, 2008 at 05:58 PM
    Fake Christian? No, I am a sinner seeking salvation through Christ. I love Myke Templeton, is was always right on the Bible in his breaching. We are all sinners. When are people who aren't Christians going to realize it doesn't mean we are without sin but are seeking the Jesus Christ and the grace of God to get to Heaven.
  • by liz58501 Location: formerky on Oct 15, 2007 at 08:39 PM
    I grew up in OCC and left at 18. I was very involved that church. I learned not to trust people after going to that church. That relationship has been going on for years. I can't believe that people didn't see it long ago. I know a few of the elders should follow Mykes path. Let he who cast the first stone... I have been angry at the church all these years and to see it come around well... I have learned one thing I would rather have Myke guide me and know he is human than have someone who hasn't been there and done that. I still pray and I pray for his family. Just please stop blaming Satan and accept your own concious responsibilities, to yourself, your family, friends and community. what comes around... is devistating when it goes around.
  • by julia Location: florida on Oct 1, 2007 at 07:38 PM
    'KY' we have all sinned and fall short of the glory of God-Romans 3:23. Don't be so quick to denounce church because you believe there to be hypocrites among believers. Any real christian will tell you that they are NOT perfect, why else would we need salvation from God? Also, you shouldn't follow other christians or leaders as their staple of faith, trust in Christ only; he is the only blameless one to walk the earth. Look at King David, he was said by God to be "a man after God's own heart" and yet he even struggled with murder and adultery; but his conviction of faith is what God saw above all the sin. Be very careful not to judge others; that same level of judgement will be upon you. And remember, a sin is a sin is a sin is a sin. We can't rank the level of a sin, God doesn't even do that. Even us at our most holy is but filthy rags to God's holiness. I hope that as a christian you will attend church and fellowship with others being obediant to God's commands of decipleship.
  • by Patty Location: Owensboro on Sep 29, 2007 at 07:59 AM
    I feel really saddened by the fact this was listed as a Front Page Article. A person has made a mistake (sinned) and is now suffering the consequences and is kicked as he is down by this Headline.... All of us are not without blame and if not for the grace of God it could be you or me.....
  • by Lori Location: Ohio on Sep 26, 2007 at 10:20 AM
    Personally, I am glad there are sinners still going to church... I wouldn't fit in otherwise. God bless the Templeton family as they recover from this.
  • by Liz Catlett Location: Alabama on Sep 23, 2007 at 06:25 PM
    Hi, I just wondered what the preacher could have done? If he was wrong, I hope he ask the Lord to forgive him.That's what we have to do.God Bless the people in the church.
  • by kentucky Location: kentucky on Sep 23, 2007 at 10:05 AM
    it is people like this that turn people like me away from church,i know that there is a GOD and i really do believe in him but i tell you what i myself live a better life not going to church than most of the people that i know who do go!i am not saying that all christians are fake becouse i do know some who truly live that they do belive,but most give them a bad name.sorry i dont mean to offend anyone but like i said this is why i cant bring myself to go to church.


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