Pastor Bryan Loritts’ Summit Church Hire Questioned Amid Allegations of Mishandling Sex Abuse Case

The Rev. Bryan Loritts preaches at The Summit Church
The Rev. Bryan Loritts preaches at The Summit Church in Durham, North Carolina, in October 2020. (Photo: videograb via RNS)

A megachurch led by the president of the Southern Baptist Convention will review allegations that a staff pastor mishandled a sexual abuse case at his previous church.

The Summit Church, in Durham, North Carolina, where SBC President J.D. Greear is senior pastor, announced this week that it had hired Guidepost Solutions, an international investigative firm, to review the past actions of the Rev. Bryan Loritts, Summit’s executive pastor of teaching and development.

In 2010, when Loritts was pastor of Fellowship Memphis Church in Tennessee, the church discovered that Rick Trotter, worship director at the church and Loritts’ brother-in-law, had placed a hidden video camera in a women’s bathroom and recorded church members, the Memphis Commercial Appeal reported.

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