Alabama Pastor Confesses To Having AIDS And Sleeping With Church Members
Another pastor is making headlines for sleeping with his congregants and failing to disclose his status.
According to WSFA, the now former pastor of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, Juan Demetrius McFarland, recently confessed to his congregation that he had been diagnosed with AIDS. In McFarland’s initial September 14 confession, he revealed that he has been diagnosed with HIV in 2003 and full-blown AIDS by 2008.
“The church was very accepting of Reverend McFarland and was willing to help him in any way possible,” said a member of Shiloh Missionary, who asked to remain anonymous.
However, their general concern turned into outrage after he revealed that he had slept with members of the congregation inside of the church without making them aware of his status.
“He concealed from the church that he had knowingly engaged in adultery in the church building with female members of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church while knowingly having AIDS,” said Deacon Nathan Williams Jr.
Sadly, one member of the congregation came shared that she had intercourse with the pastor, who has 23 years of ministry under his belt, and was concerned about her health.
“I know a young lady who is a member of the church who says she has slept with him and that she didn’t want this to go public, and she running out now trying to find out if there is anything wrong with her,” another member explained. “And my heart goes out to her because she’s been a wonderful church member, and then for something like this to happen. The fact that he didn’t tell them at all. That’s a crime in itself.”
“And I’m hoping by doing this interview that she will see that she can come and talk to someone and her name or whatever will not be revealed. And maybe she can have some peace by coming forward and not the shame that goes along with it.”
“Who does this to people, and you are the leader? Who does this?”
McFarland also confessed to drug use and mishandling church funds. He was removed from his position of pastor at the ministry on October 5.
“He confessed to the entire membership and then to the City of Montgomery, because as soon as he got done confessing, it went all over Montgomery anyway,” Williams said. “So it’s nothing we [are] making up. It’s coming out of his mouth,” Deacon Williams told reporters.
Some members are also asking that McFarland be prosecuted for his actions.
“I believe that he should be put on trial,” another unnamed church member said. “Go to court and let the judge decide if he should go to jail or not. We tend to sweep things under the rug, especially if they’re the leader. It’s like oh, no, please let’s not get this out but I think after this that they will have more discussions on HIV and AIDS.”
Currently, “Transmitting a Sexually Transmitted Disease” is a Class C Misdemeanor, according to the Montgomery Police Department. So far, no charges have been filed against McFarland.