Bishop Responds to Allegations of Sexual Misconduct and Abuse by a United Methodist Pastor
In response to the recent media coverage in the press and on the television, Bishop Huie and the Department of Communications have released the following statement:
The Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church has been notified that a suit has been filed in Harris County, Texas against Mr. Kendall Graham and the Texas Annual Conference demanding financial compensation from the Conference for pain and suffering inflicted by Mr. Graham while he was a minister in the United Methodist Church.
Upon learning of the allegations against Mr. Graham last year, Bishop Janice Riggle Huie requested that he surrender his credentials effective immediately. His credentials were surrendered on August 30, 2011. He was forbidden from reentering his church and prohibited from having further contact with members of his previous congregation. Bishop Huie also contacted Child Protective Services to report the abuse that was alleged to have occurred when the plaintiff was a minor. Bishop Huie then began working with the plaintiff to provide housing, day care, health insurance for her and her child, and specialized counseling to assist in her healing.
Bishop Huie says, “We remain committed to the support and protection of children, and we pray for a compassionate resolution to this painful and difficult situation.”