The Bible says, “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.” That is exactly what an Alabama pastor did.
Juan Demetrius McFarland, Former pastor of the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, confessed to the congregation a few weeks ago that he tested positive for HIV in 2003 and in 2008 it had worsen to full-blown AIDS. McFarland also admitted to committing adultery with several members of the congregation, drug use and mishandling of church funds. In addition, he did not disclose to those he had sexual relations with that he was HIV positive.
“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,” church deacon Nathan Williams Jr. said to a local news station in Alabama.
Several church members, who did not want to be named, also came forward to WSFA 12 News. One church member said, “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.”
Today, Williams is focused on moving the church forward from the scandal.
McFarland, who has been in leadership for 23 years, is also a Moderator with the Alabama Middle District Baptist Association.
As of right now no charges has been brought against McFarland.