ROC board member: ‘We can’t stop’

Posted at 10:49 PM, Jun 08, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-09 08:31:04-04

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) - Since the resignation of head pastor Geronimo Aguilar and three others, many have questioned what the future holds for the Richmond Outreach Center.

On Saturday, ROC board member, Billy Croxton spoke for the first time publicly, discussing what is next for the church.  He said the church is currently searching for a new pastoral team, but could not give a time frame for the process.

"We've never had to do this before, so we're going to wait and see what God has in store for us," Croxton said.

After the resignations, the board reached out to Jonathan Falwell, senior pastor at Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg, VA.  He, along with other local pastors, will be providing guidance and assistance to the ROC during the transition.

The ROC's attorney, Stephen Lewis, said Aguilar, who is also facing sexual abuse charges in Texas, is still living in the church's parsonage in South Richmond.

Lewis said the board will vote at a private board meeting Monday night to decide how long Aguilar will be allowed to live at the parsonage.

He said the board will also be discussing severance packages for Aguilar and the three other former pastors at Monday's meeting.

As for what will happen to the home when Aguilar moves out, Lewis said there are several possibilities.

"We may sell it, or we may keep it and have that as the residence for the incoming pastor, whoever that may be," Lewis said.

Despite the change in leadership for the ROC, the board said it will continue it's mission to help those in need.

CBS 6 was told an update from the board should be expected at some point Monday.  Check back on for updates.