Samuel Wenger

This is a formerly Mennonite church worker who has been publicly accused of enabling sexual abuse. They are listed here as part of the Mennonite Abuse Prevention (MAP) list. Anyone with additional information or documentation on this person, please contact mennonite[at]snapnetwork.org or mail to MAP List, P.O. Box 442632, Lawrence, KS, 66044. All sources will be kept confidential.

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Name: Samuel G. Wenger

Date of birth:

Description: Named in 1990 lawsuit against Living Word Christian School and Living Word Fellowship Church, where he was administrator and pastor, respectively. Wenger and his co-defendants were charged by a victim of a predatory youth pastor at Living Word with "fail[ing] to act upon the supplied information of [perpetrator Curtis Monk]'s conduct and attempting to hide the guilt of Monk by directing the blame and humiliation upon the minor plaintiff and making her believe that the actions of Monk were caused by her behavior." The case was eventually settled out of court.

In addition, SNAP Mennonite has received well-substantiated recent reports of sexually manipulative abuses of power during his appointment as pastor at Freedom Fellowship near Broadway, VA. If you have further information or have seen, suspected or suffered harm, please contact us confidentially at mennonite@snapnetwork.org or write anonymously to MAP List, P.O. Box 442632, Lawrence, KS, 66044. 

Church-related positions held: Served as pastor in multiple settings, both Mennonite and non-denominational. 

Cornerstone Church of Broadway, Pastor, Broadway, VA, fall 2009-spring 2012

North Greenville Christian Fellowship, Traveler's Rest, South Carolina, Senior Pastor, 2003-2009

DeWitt Community Church, DeWitt, Michigan, Senior Pastor, 1999-2000

Mt. Zion Christian Fellowship, Greenville, South Carolina, Senior Pastor, 1988-1999

Living Word Fellowship Church, Stryker, OH, Senior Pastor, 1976-1988

Wooster Mennonite Church, Wooster, OH, Youth Pastor, 1975-76.

Current employment/location (as of 2016): Lead pastor at Freedom Fellowship, Broadway, VA.

Documentation: "Mother, daughter suing nine," The Bryan Times, August 25, 1990.