The lead pastor at a major Tulsa church strongly condemned remarks an employee made about a U.S. Congressional candidate.
Kojo Asamoa-Caesar is running for the house seat currently held by Kevin Hern. His campaign said an employee at Victory Church sent them a message asking to send him “back to whatever country he came from.”
Asamoa-Caesar is a U.S. citizen.
Victory Church pastor Paul Daugherty said “that does not represent us at all. We have always been a church of love, acceptance and forgiveness.” He said it’s being handled internally.
John Brown, the employee in question, said the message was meant to protest the candidate’s political views and not his race. He apologized and asked for forgiveness.
You can read the full statement from Daugherty below.
“Thank you for reaching out to me. That does not represent us at all. We have always been a church of love, acceptance, & forgiveness. We are a very diverse church with 100 nations represented and we celebrate every background and country as well as welcome people with all different viewpoints to Victory. We have never made any comments like that as a church and especially not me as a pastor. We completely reject Mr. John Brown’s statement. It is not our heart, nor has it ever been our heart. We are looking into right now what course of correction as his employer that we will take in regard to this situation, but it will assuredly be corrected.”
You can read the full statement from Brown below.