Church Forgives Youth Pastor For Slaying

21 February 2008 — Leave a comment

No, he wasn’t heavily into some computer game, instead former youth pastor Calvin Wayne Inman, 29, has been charged for the death of a convenience store clerk during a robbery. He was 16 at the time.

Apparently after being recently ordained and with support from his church, Inman went to the Police and confessed to the murder he committed 14 years ago. What I love about this story is the way the church praise him for his recent actions:

“He’s a hero, really,” said Kelley Graham, 24. “I don’t know how many people would do what he did. The Bible says you just need to confess to God. Calvin took an extra step.”

Robin Thac said her 17-year-old son was active in the youth group that Inman led.
“I am thrilled my son has a role model to accept responsibility the way Calvin has,” Thac said. “There are way too many men who don’t accept responsibility.”

If a similar situation were to happen here, I would expect the response from parents to be far more negative: “The youth leader’s a murderer! What was he teaching my kids?!”

Maybe, I’m being too judgemental on the parents ;). However, That church really do forgiveness well and show Christ in their actions. It could be a great discussion with the older members of a group.

Ht to Gman.


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I am a qualified youth worker, writer and consultant based in Littlehampton, UK. I've worked in the voluntary youth sector for over 12 years, am married to Kirsty and we have two daughters named Hope and Eloise. Check out 'Journeying Together: Growing Youth Work and Youth Workers in Local Communities' and read my opening chapter.

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