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Caleb Jordan, youth pastor at NewSpring Church in Charleston, South Carolina stands accused of several sex crimes. Jordan was employed by NewSpring from 2012-2015. He stayed on as a volunteer after his 2015 resignation. Jordan was still a volunteer at the time of his arrest.
Caleb Lide Jordan, 30, was arrested and charged with four counts of exploitation of a minor, including solicitation of a minor for sex.
The current Charleston-area real estate agent and former youth pastor at NewSpring Charleston was arrested in late February after an investigation by local and state law enforcement.
A former member of NewSpring reached out to ABC News 4 to reveal Jordan’s role at the church and her concerns.
“I volunteered at NewSpring’s youth ministry called Fuse, which was every Wednesday night, and Caleb Jordan was the boys youth pastor at Fuse,” said the woman, who wished to remain anonymous. “He had access as the youth pastor to a wide range of young men there.”
NewSpring confirmed Jordan worked at the church in various roles from August 2011 to September of 2015, according to the church’s communications director Suzanne Swift.
Swift said Jordan passed both federal and state background checks prior to his employment, and there was no cause for concern.
Jordan described his positions on his LinkedIn account as the church’s Next Steps Direct, Campus Pastor Assistant, and Student Ministry Director.
Swift said Jordan resigned from his role as campus pastor assistant in 2015 but remained on in a volunteer capacity until his arrest.
“Once we were made aware of these charges, we immediately terminated his ability to volunteer in any capacity at NewSpring,” Swift added.
NewSpring leaders have no reason to believe anything inappropriate has happened between minors at the church and Jordan, and they have not been contacted by law enforcement, according to Swift.
Still, the former member who spoke to us is concerned given Jordan’s former position of trust.
“Caleb’s primary role was to provide care to young men, ages of 12-18, through his role at Fuse at their youth pastor,” she said.
Caleb Lide Jordan, 30, of Charleston, faces two counts of 1st degree sexual exploitation of a minor, a felony offense punishable by up to 20 years in prison on each count, and two counts of criminal solicitation of a minor, a felony offense punishable by up to 10 years in prison on each count, according to a news release from the office of South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson.
He was arrested Feb. 27 by the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office after investigators received a tip through the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the news release said.
Investigators in the release allege Jordan engaged in sexually explicit communication, encouraged a minor to create and send sexually explicit images, and solicited a minor for sex.
Jordan’s LinkedIn page lists his church jobs as “next steps director,” “student ministry director” and “campus pastor assistant.”
There’s no indication anything inappropriate happened between minors at the church and Jordan, the church administrator told ABC News 4.
NewSpring has 14 congregations across the state, including in Bluffton, where members meet at River Ridge Academy. The church also has services in Columbia, Rock Hill and Myrtle Beach, among other locations.
Details about the minor’s age and gender were not released.
Jordan’s LinkedIn page says that he was NewSpring’s Fuse Group leader for twelve years. This means that Jordan was a a church leader/teacher/pastor since the age of eighteen. I suspect that there is much more to the Caleb Jordan saga.
NewSpring is a gaggle of regional churches, including one in Greenwood, South Carolina that was formerly pastored by Perry Noble. Brad Cooper and Shane Duffey are the head honchos of the NewSpring empire.