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2 Board Members Resign After Cedarville Reinstates President

Moore had “acknowledged his sin” to church leadership, and Chandler added,

We want to make it abundantly clear that we believe that he is unfit for ministry at this time, including speaking engagements at conferences or other churches. Our hope and desire is for him to walk in faithfulness and repentance. We believe he is in need of deep healing and strong counseling for an extended period of time.

Moore’s Time at Cedarville University

White told Roys that after being fired from TVC, Moore called him and was “repentant, sobbing, and crushed.” White then developed a restoration plan for Moore and hired him as part of Cedarville’s faculty with the understanding that Moore would “undergo counseling with a pastor; join a local church; attend chapel five days a week; maintain ‘close accountability’ with Jason Lee, dean of the School of Biblical and Theological Studies; and live in a very public house on campus.” When White hired Moore as assistant professor of theology and Special Advisor to the President for Kingdom Diversity, it was only six months after he was removed from TVC.

TVC contests White’s claim that he did not know the whole story about Moore. The church says their leaders fully disclosed the details of Moore’s firing to Cedarville, including the fact that Moore had taken multiple videos of his victim over an extended period of time. 

TVC also claims that someone else who knew these details was Craig Miller, pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Cedarville. Miller provided counseling and accountability to Moore during his time in Cedarville, but he told Roys that while he knew Moore was undergoing a restoration process, he did not know the details of what Moore had done. The pastor allowed Moore to speak at church youth events and even preach at the church. Miller has since apologized for his “poor judgment” and resigned as pastor of the church.

Some other troubling aspects of Moore’s time at Cedarville include evidence that he taught classes during his first year at the university, even though White told Roys that Moore was not allowed to do so. And when Roys interviewed White about how the university monitored Moore’s involvement with students, White failed to mention that in the fall of 2019, Moore helped chaperone a five-day civil rights trip with 28 students. The university has since erased from its website any of the original text mentioning Moore’s involvement in that trip.

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