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Black Collar Crime: Evangelical Youth Pastor Lucas Jervis Charged with Sexual Assault

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Lucas Jervis, a youth pastor at Avenue Road Baptist Church in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada stands accused of multiple counts of sexual assault, sexual exploitation, and sexual interference.

Cambridge Today reports:

Hamilton Police have arrested and charged a 33-year-old Cambridge pastor with multiple counts of sexual assault, sexual exploitation and sexual interference after several victims came forward during a police investigation last month.

Police arrested Avenue Road Baptist Church youth pastor Lucas Jervis on Feb. 1, charging him with four counts of sexual assault, two counts of sexual exploitation and sexual interference.

Hamilton Police opened an investigation after reports of sexual violence and sexual harassment surfaced on social media. 

In a press release last Friday, police said several victims came forward during the investigation.


On the church website, Jervis is listed as a team member who is currently on a “leave of absence.”

Sermon videos with Jervis in them have been removed from the church website and YouTube channel.

Bruce Gerencser, 66, lives in rural Northwest Ohio with his wife of 45 years. He and his wife have six grown children and thirteen grandchildren. Bruce pastored Evangelical churches for twenty-five years in Ohio, Texas, and Michigan. Bruce left the ministry in 2005, and in 2008 he left Christianity. Bruce is now a humanist and an atheist.

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