Stripped of his duties, the pastor of a northwest Indiana mega-church has confessed to having sex with an underage girl when she was 16.
The Board of Deacons shared that with its congregation in Hammond Wednesday night. The girl was a member of the First Baptist Church of Hammond, the same church where Brother Jack Schaap was the pastor for the past 11 years.
Schaap married the daughter of the church's founder and is said to be attempting to reconcile with her now.
No charges have been filed, but the FBI is said to be investigating allegations that multiple sexual encounters took place with the same girl across state lines.
Pastor Schaap has not made any public remarks since the scandal erupted, but the church he led vows to uncover all wrongdoing or any crimes. They also asked for prayers tonight from the 15,000 member strong church. They asked for prayers for all those involved and asked the congregation to "stick with us".
It could be days before federal authorities decide if charges are warranted.