The board members of one of the largest evangelical churches in the United States have quit over a sexual misconduct scandal that has already forced out its founder.
Heather Larson, the lead pastor of the Willow Creek Community Church near Chicago, Illinois, said Tuesday she is stepping down along with the entire Board of Elders after a string of sexual harassment allegations against its founder, Bill Hybels.
Hybels, 66, resigned in Aril after accusations of inappropriate conduct emerged. He has denied the allegations but said he had become a distraction. New allegations emerged over the weekend after Pat Baranowski, Hybels’ former assistant in the 1980s, alleged that he groped her repeatedly.
Baranowski told The New York Times that after leaving her job, she struggled for 25 years with depression, becoming unemployed and homeless.
“To all of the women who have come forward, the church should always follow in Jesus’ footsteps to help…