“IFthere’s heaven up there, I’m pretty sure there’s no predators up there, if there is, what’s hell for then?” asked Jamahl Reid after peoplesaid God had forgiven his father for assaulting a girl in 1980.

“Sex offencesshouldn’t be forgiven and if you do so you shouldn’t be considered a church,” he said.

Mr Reid and another family member, who asked to remain anonymous, are calling on people to rethink how they treat victims of abuse afterpeople in Orange and members of a Glenroichurchrejected a woman’sabuse allegations against his father and told her to forgive him.

Mr Reid’sfather Glenn Richard Reid is a former Orange pastor and high school chaplainwho was convicted in Orange Local Court in July andgiven an 18-month suspended jail sentence, without supervision, after he pleaded guilty to assaulting a girlunder 16 and committing an act of indecency.

The offence occurred about 36 years ago when Glenn Reid lived at Millthorpe and worked at Blayney,before he was involved in foundingtheHarvest For Christ Church in Orange,now known as theEver Upward Apostolic Church, and became its first pastor in 1996.

JamahlReid and the other family member said since the allegations were made, many people from the local church andcommunity stood by Reid to the point of victimising the victim and questioned why she waited so long to come forward.

They said the issue divided the family andseveral people from the church said he wasforgiven by God sothe victim should also find it in herself to forgive him.

However, the two family members said Reid should still beheld accountable for his actions whether he changed or not and many people who defended him had simply been in denial.

“Even since he’s pleaded guiltyI think because they are sort of caught because they’ve stood by him so long they feel stupid themselves,” Jamahl Reid said.

However, Apostolic Church Australia national leaderWayne Swift saidthe leadership team wasfirst notified of the accusations when Reid was arrested in 2015 and immediately cancelled his credentials.

“I had not spoken to Glenn for many months prior to the arrest nor have I since,” Mr Swift said.

“We have not provided any support, finance, legal expenses or any other assistance to Glenn or his family.We abhor any actions taken to harm children and remain concerned for the victims and others who have been harmed in the process.”

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