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Statement on UK Media Reports


Author: PJ Smyth

I became aware yesterday that a story broke in the UK media reporting that my father, John Smyth, was apparently involved in excessive physical discipline of high school/college aged boys more than three decades ago, when our family lived in the UK. I was about 10 years old at the time.

Several decades later I became aware that there were questions about my father’s ministry in the UK, although I had no knowledge of specifics. Reading the reports is deeply troubling, and my heart and prayers go out to anyone who was, or is, affected by this situation in any way.

—PJ Smyth
Lead Pastor, Covenant Life Church

1 Comment

  1. Kenneth M McIntyre


    We’re praying for you, PJ, along with all those whose lives were and are affected. Thank you for the quick written and video statement.

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