If you go to the web page for the First Assembly of God’s Church in Jonesboro, Arkansas and look under its “leaders” section,you will find the biography for one Tony Waller. He has been employed as their youth pastor since the late 1990s. This is what his biography says:
Tony grew up in Marion and joined the staff of First Assembly in April of 1999. In November of 2000, he married the love of his life, Angie, and together they minister to the kids of JFA. They welcomed their first child, Emma Leigh, in June of 2010. Tony is a huge fan of Star Wars and Angie is a lifelong collector of beautiful rocks. In their spare time, they enjoy spending time with family, vacationing in Branson, watching the Atlanta Braves and checking out the caves of America.
They did leave out one thing, though. This 15 year employee really likes kiddie porn. When his wife found his stash in a file she didn’t recognize, she found literally thousands of pictures of nude and scantily clad prepubescent girls. Waller then reportedly admitted to having a 20 year addiction to such pictures.
Fortunately his wife Angela did the right thing, and called the police and had the pedophile arrested.
But there still does leave one stone unturned. The church’s pastor claims that there are no reports of any misconduct with any of the youth that Mr. Waller worked with. But Mr. Waller already admits that he has had a fascination with prepubescent girls for 20 years, 5 years longer than he has been employed as a youth pastor. Does he think it’s coincidental that a man who liked child pornography just coincidentally ended up seeking and getting a job as a youth pastor?
It seems like the pastor might be sweeping things under the rug a bit quickly with his statement on the matter:
I encourage the church to handle this with three prongs of love: focus on loving each other as a church family, show tremendous of love to his family and continue to love him.
I suppose loving him is the official mantra of most churches. Love the sinner, hate the sin. O.K., i’ll give them that, but maybe while they are busy loving his pedophile self they could do a little investigating as well?
Check out this report from a local affiliate in Memphis Tn: