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Fort Worth-area church removes pastor for ‘inappropriate images’

Pastor Scott Crenshaw gives a sermon at New River Fellowship Church on Sept. 2, 2012. Crenshaw was removed from office because he looked at inappropriate images on his church office computer, according to the church.
Pastor Scott Crenshaw gives a sermon at New River Fellowship Church on Sept. 2, 2012. Crenshaw was removed from office because he looked at inappropriate images on his church office computer, according to the church. Star-Telegram

A senior pastor in the Fort Worth area has been removed from his job because he had “inappropriate images” on his work computer, according to the church.

The board of directors of New River Fellowship Church announced earlier this week that it removed senior pastor Scott Crenshaw from his position.

Crenshaw helped started the contemporary church, which is based in Hudson Oaks and has campuses in Benbrook and Minerals Wells. The church has more than 2,000 members.

In a statement, Crenshaw said he “found myself viewing inappropriate images” on his church office computer.

“I have always preached that New River was not a museum for perfect people, but a hospital for those who are hurting, jacked up and messed up,” Crenshaw’s statement said. “If this church is only for perfect people, then it would be very small and you would be without a pastor.”

He also said in his statement that recently “we have seen several prominent pastors descend to the point of falling, burn out or removal from their pastoral seat. I don’t want to be on that list.”

Crenshaw also said he is a cancer patient but has recently received “a clean bill of health.”

The board’s statement said that leadership and the board confronted Crenshaw about the issue but he “chose not to properly address” it and is “not qualified to lead” the church.

The statement also said that Crenshaw has agreed to counseling, and the board of directors is hopeful that he can return as senior pastor.

With Crenshaw gone, the board made Jeff Humphrey the executive pastor and Korby Taylor the Hudson Oaks campus pastor.

This article contains information from Star-Telegram archives.

Mark David Smith: 817-390-7808, @MarkSmith_FWST

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