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Friday
Aug022013

Gary Ricucci & the Conspiracy Surrounding Convicted Felon, David Adams

Gary Ricucci is a Defendant in the Second Amended Complaint and an alleged co-conspirator in aiding and abetting sex offenders.  He works with C.J. Mahaney in Louisville, Kentucky.  His biography appears on the church’s website.  

“Drawing on over 35 years of pastoral experience, Gary serves Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville primarily through pastoral care.  In his day job he serves as Director of Student Care for the pastor for the men and families in the Sovereign Grace Ministries Pastors College.  He is married to Betsy and they have two daughters, two sons and four grandchildren.  Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville is the second church Gary has planted with C.J.” 

Ricucci has been around since the beginning.  The first church he “planted with C.J.” is a reference to Covenant Life Church (CLC) in 1977 though he and C.J. did not plant it alone.  Larry Tomczak, C.J. and a group of men planted it together. 

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Sunday
Jul282013

Lead Story in World Magazine: Christian Organization Pleads with Evangelicals to Expose and Report Sexual Abuse

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Christian Organization Pleads with Evangelicals to Expose and Report Sexual Abuse
World Magazine
Jamie Dean
July 25, 2013

More than 1,200 people have signed an online petition denouncing silence about sexual abuse in Christian circles, and pleading with evangelicals to expose and confront abuse in their own ranks. 

The statement—published on July 17 by the Christian group GRACE—comes two months after a Maryland judge dismissed a civil lawsuit against Sovereign Grace Ministries (SGM).  The 46-page suit alleged ministry leaders had covered up severe sexual abuse in two congregations. 

The judge ruled the plaintiffs’ allegations exceeded Maryland’s statute of limitations. The plaintiffs’ attorneys have appealed the May ruling. 

The case drew broader attention when a handful of high-profile evangelical leaders defended C.J. Mahaney—the founder and former president of SGM.  The lawsuit alleged Mahaney and other SGM pastors participated in a conspiracy to cover up sexual abuse at two churches. 

The suit did not accuse Mahaney of abuse, and SGM board members have denied a conspiracy to conceal abuse. 

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