The pastor who oversaw the “restoration process” of admitted voyeur and former Cedarville University professor, Dr. Anthony Moore, has resigned.
In a letter to members this week, the elders of Grace Baptist Church in Cedarville, Ohio, announced that Pastor Craig Miller had resigned as lead pastor effective on June 19.
“In the midst of several weeks of ministry discussions with the elders, Craig concluded that for the unity and strength of Grace Baptist Church, it would be best for him to resign. The Council of Elders has accepted his conclusion and his resignation. We know that this will come as a shock to many of you, and we want to assure you that we have not taken this process lightly. We have spent many hours in meetings, deliberations, and prayer.”
Pastor Miller came under fire this spring when it was revealed that he had participated in the controversial “restoration process” of Dr. Moore, which was prescribed by Cedarville President Dr. Thomas White.
Moore was fired from Cedarville in April, soon after news of his past voyeuristic behavior became public. A week later, the Cedarville Board of Trustees placed White on administrative leave, pending results of an investigation into Cedarville’s handling of the Moore affair.
Miller not only met regularly with Moore for “personal accountability” during Moore’s time at Cedarville, Miller also allowed Moore to preach at his church, and to speak at area youth events.
Pastor Craig Miller introduces Anthony Moore before Moore preaches at Grace Baptist:
In a private letter to his congregation in May, Miller denied that he knew all the facts of Moore’s past, which reportedly included making multiple, secret videos of a male youth pastor showering in Moore’s home.
However, Jeff Jamison, an elder at Moore’s former church—The Village Church (TVC) in Fort Worth, Texas—disputes Miller’s account. Jamison says TVC Fort Worth elders fully informed Miller about Moore’s past. Jamison added that in October 2018, TVC Fort Worth elders told Miller that Moore’s victim was reporting Moore to authorities in Tarrant County, Texas, for “invasive visual recording,” which is a felony.
According to Grace Baptist elders, Miller, who’s pastored the church for 15 years, will preach his last sermon as lead pastor this Sunday.
UPDATE: Elders announce they plan to give Miller severance of one year’s salary and another three months if Miller is not employed by the end of a year. (Announcement is at 1:21:34):