Black Collar Crime: Evangelical Youth Pastor Shannon Coutouzis Charged with Sexual Contact with a Child

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Shannon Coutouzis, a youth pastor and administraive assistant at The Crossing Church of the Nazarene in Houston, Texas, stands accused of having sexual contact with a 15-year-old boy. According to KHOU-11, Coutouszis’ bond has been set at $25,000.

Coutouzis’ church bio page states:

I was saved at the young age of four.  Ever since then, I remember having a conscious thought of doing right and wrong and living to glorify God. Then, when I got into the youth group, I began to learn the concept of having my own personal relationship with Christ. I learned about having a devotional and prayer life.  I grew a lot during this time. My teenage years were extremely influential. Through ministry and leadership opportunities, God revealed to me a love for His Church and a desire to teach teenagers how to live lives holy and pleasing to God.

When it comes to my call, it has been a gradual series of events. The first happening was probably when I was required to read The Cross and the Switchblade for a class in high school. This book was very powerful! David Wilkerson’s ministry to the gangs of New York touched me deeply. As I read about these things, I sensed God calling me to some sort of ministry.  After this experience and a few mission trips, I had affirmation of my call to ministry. Although I was not sure what aspect of ministry, I was prepared to do whatever God called me to do. So, I chose Biblical Studies. My desire is to be a help behind the scenes while teaching God’s Word. I will teach His Word by example and by using the knowledge and skills I have gained throughout my education. My passion for church work and knowing God’s Word has grown and I make every effort to further God’s Kingdom.

I believe Coutouzis’ father, Steve, is the pastor of The Crossing Church of the Nazarene.

No further details are available at this time. When they do become available, I will update this post.

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6 Comments

  1. maryg

    again no surprise. appears this person had been given a job and paycheck via the congregants her dad is fleecing. I would bet on a major sense of entitlement. these churches tend to be like a family business passed down from dad to his kids and their skill at manipulating people makes their living larger as time goes on.

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  2. Michelle

    I went to high school with her and her whole family – her mother was a science teacher and her dad was a coach/pastor. Please do update on this story. Interested to hear more details. The rumor mill says it was a 16 year old boy… but who knows at this point.

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  3. DoctorDJ

    Wow, they’re quick. The church has nixed its website, and Shannon’s FB page has been removed (both reinforcing your hunch that she’s the daughter of the head pastor).

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  4. Sarah

    @michelle it was indeed a 15 year old boy as per a news article.

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  5. Christiana Okeke

    i do not know how everyone feels about it but th little i know about this family, i do not believe shes guilty.

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    1. Bruce Gerencser (Post author)

      There was enough probable cause to indict and arrest her. We shall see how it plays out in court.

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