New speaker for Prayer Breakfast to be announced on Monday
On Monday, the nation will hear who will replace Bishop Stanley Clarke of the Moravian Church, who was slated to be guest speaker at this year's National Leadership Prayer Breakfast scheduled for next Thursday.
The chairman of the committee, the Reverend Dr Stevenson Samuels, yesterday confirmed that the bishop withdrew from the event, stating that the current controversy engulfing his denomination could overshadow the message he would wish to deliver to the nation at the breakfast.
Clarke condemned the alleged actions of his colleague minister and regrets the harm inflicted on the victim, her family, the Church, and the nation, a statement from the National Leadership Prayer Breakfast said.
There has been intense public attention on the Moravian Church since the December 28 arrest and subsequent charging of 64-year-old pastor Rupert Clarke for allegedly having sex with a minor.
Yesterday, it also emerged that the church president, Dr Paul Gardner, and his vice-president, Jermaine Gibson, have resigned ahead of the establishment of an independent committee to probe allegations against them following the fallout from the sex scandal rocking the church.