He was a celebrity pastor at one of Canada’s biggest megachurches. Inside the sexual abuse allegations that brought down Bruxy Cavey, one of the country’s most influential evangelical leaders, were hundreds of unanswered questions about what was going on in the church, where and with who.
The church, and some of its pastors, in recent years has been beset by allegations of sexual misconduct and, in at least one case, criminal sexual interference, charges that could land executives in jail.
The investigation into abuse at the church began in the fall and will continue through the fall and through criminal trials in Prince Edward Island.
When it was announced in August, it was a blow to a church community already reeling from the resignation of a bishop and the defrocking of a prominent pastor. It was a blow that came at a time when the church itself had announced another sexual abuse scandal.
At the time, the church announced its own internal investigation, and said it would reach out to those affected by the allegations against the two men.
But the details of the criminal cases are not publicly known nor are they in the public record.
And now, the church has agreed to the publication of the names of all four pastors who worked there between 2002 and 2015 and a list of church members and their contacts with the accused pastors.
The deal between the church and Starlight Ministries, a conservative evangelical organization, gives the church the power to hold a news conference to reveal the names they have now agreed to.
With a growing chorus of people saying it is time for an independent church to take over the pulpits of Christian mega congregations in North America, it will be interesting to see if the Starlight Ministries agreement will cause the church to lose a bit of power.
At the same time, the criminal trials of the accused pastors will get attention all over the world. An initial trial date of Oct. 3, 2018, has been set and could be pushed to later in the months.
The case stems from a two-week-old Facebook post that a man