MO--Megachurch pastor & Cards chaplain is ousted

For immediate release: Thursday, April 14, 2016

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003 cell, [email protected])

The pastor of a St. Louis mega-church with six locations has been removed amid controversy. Among the allegations against him are “inappropriate relationships” with two women, that church officials claim “were not adultery.”

He’s also reportedly a chaplain to the St. Louis Cardinals. He is Rev. Darrin Patrick of The Journey.

Thirty three church elders signed a letter to congregants explaining their removal of Patrick.


It’s crucial that people understand it’s never healthy or appropriate for any clergyperson to have any kind of sexual contact with any congregant. The power differential is too great, just like it is between therapists and clients and between doctors and patients. In fact, in a dozen or more states, this kind of sexual contact is illegal.


We don’t know the details of Patrick’s misdeeds. But if, in fact, he abused his power and manipulated women in his church, he should never be allowed to minister again.


We urge Journey elders to report knowledge of or suspicions about misconduct to police. Church officials are not trained to recognize what constitutes criminal conduct or how to investigate it.


No matter what church officials do or don’t do, we urge every single person who saw, suspected or suffered child sex crimes and cover ups in churches – especially those where ministers are given exalted status – to protect kids by calling police, get help by calling therapists, expose wrongdoers by calling law enforcement, get justice by calling attorneys, and be comforted by calling support groups like ours. This is how kids will be safer, adults will recover, criminals will be prosecuted, cover ups will be deterred and the truth will surface.


(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 20,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is

Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, [email protected]), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, [email protected]), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747,[email protected])


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