Dallas preacher facing sex charges launches new church

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by SHON GABLES

WFAA

Posted on March 4, 2012 at 11:00 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 5 at 1:24 AM

DALLAS — Less than one month after resigning form St. Luke Community United Methodist Church in Dallas, the Rev. Tyrone Gordon — accused of coercing young men into "engaging in sexual acts and relationships" — launched a new, unaffiliated church Sunday morning inside the ballroom of the Radisson Hotel in North Dallas.

Transforming Life Christian Fellowship held a two-hour consecration service, with almost 200 parishioners in attendance, but no reporters.

"NO PRESS OR CAMERA'S [sic] ALLOWED" said signs posted on the door of the ballroom where the service was taking place, so while we have no recording of what happened inside, church member Darryl Evans said the sermon was touching.

"It's both a new beginning and a healing, and it was real positive," he said.

Gordon, who declined to speak on camera, is now facing a second lawsuit, filed by a former youth choir director, alleging sexual misconduct.

Gordon resigned from St. Luke on February 15. The most recent legal action filed March on 2, targets Gordon, St. Luke, and the North Texas Conference that supervised the minister while in the pulpit.

Allegations include failure to conduct adequate background checks and untimely intervention once complaints about Tyrone Gordon had surfaced.

News 8 asked parishioners if Gordon addressed his challenges during the service and if he was glad to see members of the congregation who were sticking by his side.

"I'm sure he's very happy and appreciative," Robert Trigg said.

In Sunday's service, Rev. Gordon asked for prayer, preached how struggle reveals who your real friends are, and how God can turn bad into good.

Gordon's attorney denies all allegations of sexual misconduct and those who continue to follow him, like Veetris Edwards, agrees. "I don't believe anything negative about him, so that's the reason I'm here... everybody has to be forgiven," Edwards said.

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