Quest pastor's public ministry discontinued due to 'unhealthy emotional attachment' with staff member

jmadden@herald-leader.comSeptember 3, 2014 

The public ministry of the lead pastor of a prominent Lexington church has been discontinued after the confession of "an unhealthy emotional attachment" with a female pastor on the staff, according to a statement on the church's website.

Pastor Pete Hise and Pastor Sharon Clements of Quest Community Church told the church's leadership teams that their relationship "led to the crossing of physical boundaries while stopping short of sexual intercourse," the statement on Quest's website said. Both are married. The statement was posted Wednesday.

The statement said that "their public ministry has been discontinued until the process of discipline and healing can be carried out." Meanwhile, "responsibilities for leading and teaching have been assigned to current staff and plans are in place to ensure the least possible disruption of church life."

Quest, started by Hise in 1997, hosts the annual Questapalooza music festival, featuring Christian recording artists. Quest has about 5,000 members at its centers in Lexington and Frankfort and is planning a church in Cincinnati.

Justin Madden: (859) 231-3197. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety

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