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Pastor Reveals His HIV-Positive Status And Having Slept With Members Of His Congregation

From the Editor / October 9, 2014

Imagine, sitting in church on a Sunday morning and your pastor announces that not only does he have full-blown AIDS but has also slept with several members of the congregation who had no idea about his health status.  I will tell you that I would have passed the hell out!

No, this is not the scene from a new television drama but it could be an unscripted reality show called, “My Pastor Did What?”

This actually happened at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Alabama when the pastor, Juan Demetrius McFarland, told his congregation that he found out that he was HIV-positive in 2003 and had full-blown AIDS in 2008.  He also confessed to misusing church money, as well as doing drugs.

Pastor McFarland started revealing things on September 12 and over the next few Sundays, revealed a little bit more.

Church members supported him and wanted to help him until, according to Deacon Williams, up until he revealed the unimaginable…

He concealed from the church that he had knowingly engaged in adultery in the church building with female members of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church while knowingly having AIDS.

With that revelation and I’m sure before but no one wanted to admit it, female members who had sex with the pastor began to worry about their own well-being.  A member of the church told WFSA news that

I know a young lady who is a member of the church who says she has slept with him and that she didn’t want this to go public, and she running out now trying to find out if there is anything wrong with her. And my heart goes out to her because she’s been a wonderful church member, and then for something like this to happen. The fact that he didn’t tell them at all. That’s a crime in itself.

Pastor McFarland was removed from his positions on October 5th.

Watch the entire news story Here.


Ty Knighten
Ty Knighten knows a thing or two about relationships and dating. A single mom from Calif., Ty decided to turn her experiences in love and relationships into a blog. Written with plenty of sass, her mission is to help women empower themselves to realize love, success and confidence through her articles. She writes about dating and relationships from the perspective of a single mom but adds insights that will help women and men as they maneuver through the confusing world of dating and relationships. You can reach her on Twitter @UHeardMeRight, on Facebook at The Sexy Single Mommy or connect with her on Google+ and Instagram at chocoty.

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on October 15, 2014

UM, All I can say is I STILL don’t believe that there are women out here having unprotected sex with people and not demanding that they be tested to verify their status. People have knowingly lied about being HIV positive and having AIDS since the disease was first revealed. That was in 1984 and 30 years later there are still people taking chances like this. SMDH

I need not address the issue of having sex with the pastor of the church, REALLY!!!!! What God are these people worshipping?

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