Cedarville University President Thomas White today apologized in a video message for bringing Dr. Anthony Moore, an admitted sex abuser, to campus. White also pledged to hire an outside, independent agency to confirm that “nothing inappropriate occurred” while Moore was at Cedarville. And he said that he and other leaders at Cedarville would undergo “victim prevention awareness and advocacy training.”
Meanwhile, more information is emerging, indicating that the boundaries Dr. White said Cedarville had placed on Moore during his three-year tenure at the school were not enforced. (White fired Moore last Thursday from his position as an assistant theology professor and Special Advisor to the President on Kingdom Diversity.)
Dr. White wrote on his blog Friday that Moore was not allowed in locker rooms except “for basketball purposes, accompanied by other coaches who knew his story.”
Yet today, blogger Todd Wilhelm published a comment from a student athlete who said he saw Moore in the locker room with no other coaches present. I reached out to the student and confirmed his account, but the student said he didn’t want to give his name for fear of retribution.
Also, White told me in an interview last week that Cedarville did not allow Moore to teach students during the first year of Moore’s five-year “restoration plan.”
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Similarly, White wrote on his blog that during Moore’s first year on staff, Moore performed “administrative responsibilities” and did “whatever was needed to allow for more time between his sinful action and meaningful ministry.” (Moore’s former church, The Village Church in Fort Worth, Texas, said when it fired him that it believed Moore was “unfit for ministry . . . including speaking engagements at conferences or other churches.”)
Yet, according to texts I received (below), Moore spoke at the Global Outreach Missions Conference at Cedarville in January 2018—just five months after coming to Cedarville, and a year after being fired from The Village Church.
Also, according to a course schedule on Cedarville’s website, Moore also taught an online Theology I course at Cedarville that same semester (Spring 2018).
I reached out to White for comment on these discrepancies but he did not answer by the time I published.
Text about Global Outreach Missions Conference:
Transcript of Dr. White’s Video Message:
Dear Cedarville family,
I was motivated by the love of others, desire to radically live out the Gospel in my own life, and a prayer to see James 5:19 happen. I’m sorry that I brought Anthony Moore to Cedarville University. I did not know all the information at first. When we learned the new information, we took the action needed. Dr. Moore violated our agreement. There are no other plans for restoration like this on campus.
Even though no incidents were reported by students, I’m recommending to the Board of Trustees that we hire an outside, independent agency to confirm that nothing inappropriate occurred on our campus, with that report to go directly back to the Board of Trustees.
Cedarville University will strengthen our resolve to continue to be a safe place for our students and future students. We will learn our lessons. This summer, I and other key leaders will go through victim prevention awareness and advocacy training.
Would you pray for me as the Lord works on my heart to mold me into the man of God He wants me to be? Would you pray for Cedarville University as we walk through this difficult time?