In early April 2019, allegations of biblical misconduct and spiritual abuse were made against pastor David Choi and brought to the attention of church leadership. In response, David was asked to take a paid leave of absence while the leadership and a third party made an inquiry into the complaints. By May, the complaints were deemed credible and action was taken to care for the members and to pursue a course of restoration and reconciliation for David.
On May 24, David tendered his resignation as the pastor of Church of the Beloved. Although the elders disagreed with David’s decision, they accepted and made an announcement to the church body on June 7. Church leadership continues to educate and care for the church and prays for the restoration of our brother. Many of you have experienced tremendous blessing from David through the preaching of the gospel. We honor the ways in which God has used David’s gifts but we must honestly acknowledge the hurt caused by his own personal sin and brokenness. Due to the seriousness of the complaints, to minimize gossip and for the unity of the church, we encourage members, attenders and partners in ministry to direct their questions to the elders and pastors as well as use wisdom in their contact with David. Through this very challenging season for the church we ask that you pray for all parties involved and seek to glorify God.
In the subsequent months, the elders, deacons and staff have been conducting a thorough review of our ministry practices and procedures. Based on this review, those teams have been creating and updating policies in order to protect everyone involved in our church. Drafts of these policies are being reviewed, and once approved, will be made available on this page.