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Pastor convicted of sex crimes is preaching at Jacksonville church, again

Mar 12, 2020

By Jenese Harris

A man who once served time in prison for sex crimes has become the new pastor of Mount Ararat Baptist Church in Jacksonville, and some said they’re concerned that he’s leading the congregation.

The Rev. Darrell Gilyard admitted to molesting two girls and was sentenced to three years in prison in 2009 followed by probation. He’s currently a registered sex offender in the state of Florida.

Lynn Jones, an editor for the Jacksonville Free Press, said she received calls of concern about Gilyard being installed.

“Our phones were ringing off the hook,” Jones said. “Members of Mount Ararat — they were totally upset, and a lot of them are our subscribers.”

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