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Gregory Adams, pastor and prophet of Life Song Ministries in Citronelle, Alabama, stands charged with two counts of rape in the first degree, two counts of rape in the second degree, three counts of sodomy in the first degree, and two counts of sexual abuse.
A Citronelle pastor was indicted on nine charges of sex abuse, with some of the alleged victims being as young as 12 years old.
Gregory Renee Adams was indicted on five counts of rape, two counts of sodomy and two counts of sexual abuse by force. The sexual abuse spanned decades and state lines, according to court testimony.
Investigators with Mobile Police believed Adams used his position as a pastor to meet his victims and force them into sex. Investigators said Adams would frequently travel to churches in Citronelle, Ala. and Waynesboro, Miss. There, he would meet his victims, according to investigators.
Four people came forward claiming that Adams sexually assaulted them. Two of the victims said the abuse started when they were 12 years old.
Adams told his victims that he would decide if they went to heaven or hell and used “holy oil” as a lubricant to sexually abuse some of his victims, according to court testimony.
The sexual abuse and assault would allegedly take place in his home as well as in the victim’s home.
Another one of his possible victims, who was also 12, said she was staying the night at Adams house before a missionary trip to Arkansas when the first sexual assault occurred.
A third possible victim alleges she was a parishioner at Adams church and met him during her adult years. She claims Adams is the father of her child and had unwanted sexual intercourse with him.
A fourth possible victim alleges she was friend’s with Adam’s children and was raped at his home.
The investigator testified that Adams used his power as a pastor to make his victims fear him.
According to testimony, Adams told one of his victims if she didn’t have sex with him, God would strike her down with lightning.
Adams allegedly told his victims he chooses who goes to heaven or hell.
Testimony alleged Adams used “holy oil” as lubricant to sexually assault some of his victims.
Bruce Gerencser, 65, lives in rural Northwest Ohio with his wife of 44 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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