Some days ago, it was announced that Gene Emerson, senior pastor of KingsWay Church, would be stepping down from leadership due to his conviction for soliciting a prostitute. As of now, no one really seems to know further details of what actually happened with Mr. Emerson – just that he was arrested for this crime and convicted of it by the State of Virginia. However, Mr. Emerson himself maintains that he was not actually guilty of doing anything “illicit” but instead had a “serious lapse of judgment.” When making the announcement of Mr. Emerson’s departure from KingsWay’s staff, pastor Matthew Williams reiterated Mr. Emerson’s claims.
I’d like to make a proposal to Mr. Emerson and his former coworkers at KingsWay: publish the police report of Gene Emerson’s arrest. Doubtless, Mr. Emerson’s lawyer has a copy of it. So release it. Publish it.
Let the people of the congregation – the people whose tithes and offerings have paid these pastors’ salaries all these years – read it for themselves. Eliminate the confusion and speculation and publish the police report. Publish Mr. Emerson’s rebuttal of the report as well, if so desired. But come clean with all the facts of the case – both sides’ versions of the facts.
To do otherwise simply fuels further speculation,
such as what to make of the fact that the only people arrested on the date Mr. Emerson was arrested – both the alleged johns and the prostitutes – were all male. EDITED TO ADD: Someone just emailed me some scans of the police report. I’m going to upload those in a new post. However, I can definitely clarify that Mr. Emerson solicited a FEMALE.