After Long Scandal With Former Pastor, Richmond Outreach Center Has a New Church Leader

Richmond Outreach Center's new senior pastor Joe Donahue and his wife Kristy are shown on the big screen at the Richmond Outreach Center during the service where they were introduced to the congregation on Saturday, March 29, 2014. (Louis Llovio)

Richmond Outreach Center’s new senior pastor Joe Donahue and his wife Kristy are shown on the big screen at the Richmond Outreach Center during the service where they were introduced to the congregation on Saturday, March 29, 2014. (Louis Llovio)

Joe Donahue, a youth pastor and author from the Atlanta area, was named the new senior pastor of the Richmond Outreach Center on Saturday night.

The hiring came 10 months after it became public that Geronimo Aguilar, the church’s founder and former senior pastor, was being investigated in Texas for the alleged aggravated sexual assault of a child.

Jonathan Falwell, pastor of Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg and a consultant for the ROC, introduced Donahue and his wife, Kristy, at the church’s Saturday evening service.

“This man is the man God has raised up as the leader of the Richmond Outreach Center and he will lead this ministry into the future,” Falwell said Saturday.

Donahue was a teaching and student ministries pastor at First Redeemer Church in the Atlanta area the past six years before coming to the ROC, as the South Richmond megachurch is known.

He is also the author of “Urgent! Igniting a Passion for Jesus,” copies of which were for sale at the ROC’s bookstore Saturday.

Donahue, who did not speak at the service, held a book signing afterward.

Donahue replaces Aguilar, who was arrested in May on charges that he abused an 11-year-old and her 13-year old sister in the 1990s. He resigned in June.

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SOURCE: Richmond Times Dispatch
Louis Llovio