REVEALED: Wife of pastor, 65, who was forced to admit to congregation that he took a 16-year-old girl’s virginity was once a STRIPPER and admitted her marriage had been ‘just one signature from divorce’
- Debra Lowe and her husband, Pastor John Lowe II, stepped down from the New Life Christian Church after he was confronted on stage by Bobi Gephart, 43
- Gephart came forward and told their church how Lowe groomed her as a teen, starting when she was 16 – the legal age of consent in the state
- It has now been revealed that Debra, a co-pastor, also led a life against her Christian values before joining the church
The wife of a 65-year-old Indiana pastor, who was forced to admit he once took a 16-year-old girl’s virginity when she confronted him in front of the entire congregation, was a stripper during her teen years, DailyMail.com can reveal.
Debra Lowe and her husband, Pastor John Lowe II, stepped down from the New Life Christian Church in Warsaw after he was confronted on stage by Bobi Gephart, 43.
Gephart came forward with a microphone to tell their church how Lowe groomed her as a teen, starting when she was 16 – the legal age of consent in the state.
It has now been revealed that Debra, a co-pastor at the congregation, also led a life against her Christian values before joining the church.
According to her description on the church’s profile, which has since been removed, Debra left her home in upstate New York when she was just 16 to become a stripper.
The description also suggested the Lowes endured numerous challenges in their marriage and were on the verge of divorce at times, but ultimately overcame their issues through ‘the love of Jesus Christ and the power of His Word to bring healing and deliverance in her life.’
The now-deleted text continued: ‘Since this transformation, Pastor Debbie has worked side-by-side with her husband in ministry. Debbie believes with God all things are possible! Pastor Debbie has a passion to see the power of the Word awaken in every life she encounters.’
‘She believes God is within each of His sons and daughters and empowering them to be unstoppable. She is passionate for men and women to realize the power of the Spirit-Filled Christian Life we have in Christ Jesus.’
Debra Lowe and her husband, Pastor John Lowe II, stepped down from the New Life Christian Church in Warsaw after he was confronted on stage by Bobi Gephart, 43
It has now been revealed that Debra, a co-pastor at the congregation, also led a life against her Christian values before joining the church
According to her description on the church’s profile, which has since been removed, Debra left her home in upstate New York when she was just 16 to become a stripper
WHO IS PASTOR JOHN LOWE II?
Pastor John Lowe II stepped down from the New Life Christian Church in Warsaw after he was confronted on stage by Bobi Gephart, 43.
He admitted to having sex with Gephart when she was 16.
The pastor is married with co-pastor and former stripper Debbie and they share adult children.
The pair have been on tour outside the US preaching about building a new life through the church.
‘We want to encourage you to build a new life this morning, the preaching is going to be awesome,’ John Lowe said in an undated video recorded while they were in Ukraine.
According to his deleted profile on the New Life Christian Church’s website, he had been in full-time ministry for 35 years before stepping down.
The time frame suggests that he already was in ministry by the time he had sex with a 16-year-old Gephart.
The deleted text read: ‘Marriage and family ministry, are of high value to Pastor and his wife Debbie. They desire to impart the truth that, God is good His word is true, and it works in our lives.’
He also preached to the homeless, married couples and prison inmates through the church.
Debra’s husband admitted before the church’s congregation that he had sex with Gephart when she was a teen, after telling the church that he ‘sinned’ 20 years ago by committing adultery, without mentioning how old the woman or girl was at the time.
He begged for the church’s forgiveness, then received a standing ovation.
Gephart then stormed towards the stage with her husband, Nate Gephart, to say it ‘was not just adultery’ because she was so young at the time.
‘For 27 years I lived in a prison… I lived in a prison of lies and shame. Lying to protect the Lowe family. For years I thought I was a horrible person, having suicidal thoughts and not realizing what had been truly done to me.
‘I would still be in a prison if my brother had not just approached me two weeks ago with what he had seen as a teenager that bothered him all these years: his pastor in bed with his younger sister.’
Turning to Lowe, she continued: ‘I was just 16 when you took my virginity on your office floor. Do you remember that? I know you do.
‘You did things to to my teenage body that should have never been done. If you can’t admit the truth, you have to answer to God. You are not the victim here.’
Bobi’s husband Nate then added: ‘This is a lie. This is not just adultery.
‘It’s another level. It happened for nine years. When she was 15, 16, the grooming started.’
He presented a pearl necklace that his wife had been given by the church and a ‘purity ring’ that he said the pastor gave her during their affair.
Nate returned both items and said the pair ‘were not stretching the truth’, but encouraged other women who had been these ‘gifts of the ministry’ to return them too.
As the couple left the stage, the pastor then faced angry calls from the congregation.
The description also suggested the Lowes endured numerous challenges in their marriage and were on the verge of divorce at times
Pictured: Bobi Gephart and her husband Nate. They told the congregation that the church was built ‘on lies’
This is the moment Bobi Gephart, 43, and her husband Nate (middle) confronted Pastor John B. Lowe II (left) on stage at the New Life Christian Church in Indiana on Sunday
Bobi and her husband then left the church stage and were comforted by other members of the congregation
Pastor John Lowe II is now 65. He was 38 when his affair with Bobi began. She was 16
‘If you did it you need to admit it!’ said one angry church-goer.
Another yelled: ‘We need to hear from our pastor!’ A third then cried out: ‘Give him the microphone!’
Lowe returned to the stage.
At first he said: ‘I told you I committed adultery and that it went on far too long.’
A member of the congregation then shouted out: ‘You didn’t tell us she was 16!’
He then relented: ‘It was wrong. I can’t make it right. I can’t make it better. That’s just the way it is.
‘It’s not all true but it did happen, yes.’
Because the legal age of consent in Indiana is 16, Lowe is not likely to face criminal charges for the relationship.
He has stepped down from the church and has been scrubbed from its website.
In a statement, the church said: ‘This long-held secret first came to light when a woman in the church came forward and disclosed the relationship to various people within the church.
‘When confronted by others in church leadership concerning that report, Pastor Lowe confessed privately that the adultery did, in fact, occur.
‘In anticipation of Pastor Lowe’s public confession during our church service, the woman in question and her family were invited to be present.
The couple has since stepped down from the church
The pastor is shown addressing the congregation and receiving a standing ovation after telling them he ‘committed adultery’ 20 years ago, before Bobi took to the stage
‘She did attend and, together with her husband, also addressed the congregation, indicating that improper sexual conduct first occurred when she was 16 years of age and continued into her twenties. She tearfully described living with deep shame and pain over the ensuing years.
‘In the wake of what has now been revealed, we are hurting and broken for a woman who has lovingly attended and served in the church for many years, as well as for her husband and family.
‘It is our deepest prayer and commitment to love, support, encourage and help her through a process of healing in any way in which we are able.
‘Our brokenness extends to Pastor Lowe, his wife and family as well.
‘For 42 years, New Life has taught and preached a Cross-driven message of repentance, forgiveness and restoration; a ministry of reconciliation which has been both led and modeled by Pastors John and Debbie Lowe.
‘As healing occurs in their hearts, their marriage and family, we are committed to demonstrating the same support, encouragement, counsel and forgiveness that has come to define the collective heart and ministry of this body.’
Pastor Lowe II and his wife have children the same age as Bobi.
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