The Church of Corinth’s lead pastor has been placed on leave after his recent arrest, according to the church.
Rev. Jeffrey Dale Williams, 47, was arrested Wednesday after he was charged with attempted sexual performance of a child, a third-degree felony.
Terry Stokes spoke on behalf of the church and board of deacons Saturday evening.
“The events of this week have impacted everyone in our church,” Stokes said. “Allegations have been made. At this time, they are allegations. And our pastor is on a leave of absence.”
Williams, according to police affidavits, is accused of spending two hours trying to persuade a girl to take off her clothes and show herself nude.
The girl, police investigators said, was under the age of 18.
Stokes said Williams’ leave of absence is the best thing for him so he has time to be with his family and deal with everything going on in his life.
He said the church is moving on and will continue the mission it started when it opened 13 years ago — serving God and their community.
The Church of Corinth board of deacons has appointed David Fink as interim pastor.
– Megan Gray