Statement from Bishop Peggy Johnson – complaints regarding Richard C. Rogers


August 9, 2011

In May 2011, the office of Bishop Peggy A. Johnson received written and signed complaints regarding inappropriate behavior by Richard C. Rogers, then pastor of Jarrettown United Methodist Church.

Bishop Peggy Johnson quickly took action to meet with both the complainants and Mr. Rogers in a timely manner.  She also consulted with the Eastern Pennsylvania Board of Ordained Ministry and the Cabinet, and followed procedures according to The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church, 2008.

According to The Book of Discipline, 2008, para. 304.2, “For the sake of the mission of Jesus Christ in the world and the most effective witness to the Christian gospel, and in consideration of the influence of an ordained minister on the lives of other persons both within and outside the Church, the Church expects those who seek ordination to make a complete dedication of themselves to the highest ideals of the Christian life.”

On August 8, 2011, Richard C. Rogers withdrew from ministerial office.  He is no longer a United Methodist pastor.

Bishop Johnson and the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference are fully cooperating with authorities in their investigation.

Bishop Johnson calls all people to prayer at this time for Mr. Rogers and his family, for the complainants, for Jarrettown United Methodist Church, and for all persons concerned in this matter.