A pastor in Indiana announced he was stepping down from his position on Sunday, telling his congregants that he had “committed adultery.” However, after he walked away from the microphone, a woman claimed that was only the “partial truth,” and that she was 16 at the time, according to video footage that has been viewed by thousands on social media.
New Life Christian Church & World Outreach, located in Warsaw, acknowledged the accusations against Pastor John B. Lowe II in a statement on their website, writing in part, “We are hurting and broken for a woman who has lovingly attended and served in the church for many years, as well as for her husband and family.”
PEOPLE has attempted to reach Lowe for comment.
The incident unfolded at the end of the service, as Lowe claimed that his infidelity occurred “nearly 20 years ago” and “continued far too long,” according to the video.
“It involved one person and there’s been no other,” he continued. “I sinned. I need to say that and you deserve to hear it.”
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