Senior pastor resigns from Oakville church after allegations of sexual misconduct
Published March 8, 2022 at 2:06 pm
A pastor accused of sexual misconduct at a high-profile Oakville church has resigned.
Bruxy Cavey, a senior pastor of The Meeting House, submitted his resignation March 3 after he was asked to leave by the church’s board.
The 56-year-old Cavey had been placed on leave of absence back in December of 2021 while an external investigation into the accusations took place.
Halton Police say there are is no current investigation into Cavey and he is not facing any criminal charges.
Further, another pastor at The Meeting House, Danielle Strickland, has announced on social media that she is leaving the church.
“I’ve resigned my position as teaching pastor @TheMeetingHouse in solidarity with the victim of abuse,” Strickland said on Twitter.
“I’m doing this with great sorrow that it needs to be done,” Strickland added on Facebook. “I’m called to walk in solidarity with the oppressed. The victim in this situation has been silenced through this process and devastated by the outcome.”
The church released a letter to its congregation later on Monday, stating that Cavey was asked to step down the previous week and that they would be holding a town hall discussion on Tuesday night (March 8).
I’ve resigned my position as teaching pastor @TheMeetingHouse in solidarity with the victim of abuse. I’ll be releasing a statement from her on Wednesday when the leadership releases their statement to the church body.
— Danielle Strickland (@djstrickland) March 7, 2022
“We are aware there has been information shared on social media this morning that likely has created further questions and confusion,” said Maggie John, Executive Chair, in the letter
“We want to discuss this whole situation together and provide more details tomorrow night as a church family together.”
John said in the letter the board “unanimously decided to ask Bruxy to resign from his role at The Meeting House effective immediately.”
Bruxy submitted his resignation on March 3 and it was accepted.
“Over the last number of days, the Overseers (the board) have read the report and we have taken time to pray and process the information to determine the subsequent outcome,” said John, who also announced in the letter that church would release a public statement about the findings after the town hall.
Cavey became the senior pastor of Upper Oaks Community Church in 1997 and changed the church’s name to The Meeting House.
Under Cavey’s leadership The Meeting House has grown into one of the largest independent churches in Canada, drawing nearly 5,000 people at its 19 campuses in the Greater Toronto Area.
Cavey is also the author of the book, “The End of Religion: Encountering the Subversive Spirituality of Jesus.”
He has also taught at U.S. seminaries and universities, including Messiah University and Fresno Pacific University Biblical Seminary.
insauga's Editorial Standards and Policies advertising