A well-known Tallahassee pastor had to address his congregation about a Jan. 17 incident in which he was forced to flee a woman’s house naked when her husband came home early and caught them having sex.
The police report, combined with Pastor O. Jermaine Simmons‘ address to members of his Jacob Chapel congregation about the incident, have been the source of much humor on social media. The address, which was filmed and uploaded to YouTube by a member of the congregation, has been seen by tens of thousands over the last week.
In his address, Simmons – who is married and has a son – tried to portray the congregation and himself as the victims.
“I’m hurting because I’ve hurt you,” Simmons said Jan. 22. “I can’t speak to people on the outside. I am not Tallahassee’s pastor. I am not Florida’s pastor. I am Jacob Chapel’s pastor. It hurts me that you have to defend my actions. You cannot defend sin,” he continued to loud applause from the congregation.
Ironically, the scandal broke as Simmons and the church were celebrating the 11th anniversary of his leadership. He was scheduled to hold a signing of his first book I Need a Man, which, according to his website’s description, “offers a fresh perspective on the issues of godly manhood and mentoring.
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