Statement by Bishop Scott Jones Upon Learning of Kirbyjon Caldwell’s Plea of Guilty

Date Posted: 3/11/2020

Statement by Bishop Scott Jones upon learning of Kirbyjon Caldwell’s plea of guilty
March 11, 2020
The Texas Annual Conference has learned with great sadness that Kirbyjon Caldwell has changed his plea to guilty in response to charges of fraud brought against him in 2018. Since being indicted, he has continued to serve as senior pastor of Windsor Village United Methodist Church because the Conference has treated him as innocent until proven guilty. Congregational leaders were supportive of his continued ministry while the legal process continued.
“I am deeply saddened by this admission of guilt,” said Bishop Scott Jones. “This now triggers a disciplinary process. We do not tolerate crimes being committed by our clergy and it is now clear that Kirbyjon Caldwell has violated our standards of conduct. The United Methodist Church’s disciplinary process aims at a just resolution of the complaints against him and will begin immediately.” Jones continued to emphasize the church’s compassion for victims and lament for the damage done by his behavior.
Caldwell’s future relationship to Windsor Village UMC will be determined by the denominations’ supervisory response in consultation with congregational leaders.