The conference indicated it was “deeply saddened by this abhorrent situation” and was “praying both for the victim and any others affected by the pastor’s actions.” It said it hopes the prompt notification to authorities “prevented further harm” by Herthel. The statement concluded by emphasizing that the former pastor’s behavior “did not show God’s love, and for that the Wisconsin Conference is heartbroken.”
In a worship-service livestream from early June, posted on Facebook, Green Bay Seventh-day Adventist Church indicated that a “private message” was being shared with “local church members.” In December 2022, a denominational magazine published an article by Herthel titled “A Mission Trip. A Family Reunion. Lives Changed for Good.” It has since been removed from the website.
In an email to ChurchLeaders, Pastor Adam Case, ministerial director of the Wisconsin Conference, said, “The Wisconsin Conference of Seventh-day Adventists continues to pray for the victim and others affected by this heartbreaking case. We support the swift administration of justice and will remain vigilant in protecting children.”
This article has been updated with the statement from Pastor Adam Case.