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Indiana’s embattled pastor’s wife was once a stripper

A 65-year-old Indiana pastor’s wife, who was forced to admit he once took a 16-year-old girl’s virginity when she confronted him in front of the entire congregation, was a stripper during her teenage years, DailyMail.com can reveal.

Debra Lowe and her husband, pastor John Lowe II, left the New Life Christian Church in Warsaw after being confronted on stage by Bobi Gephart, 43.

Gephart showed up with a microphone to tell their church how Lowe cared for her as a teenager, starting when she was 16 – the legal age of consent in the state.

It has now been revealed that Debra, co-pastor of the congregation, also led a life against her Christian values ​​before joining the church.

According to her description on the church’s profile, which has since been deleted, Debra left her home in upstate New York when she was just 16 to become a stripper.

The description also suggests that the Lowes endured many challenges in their marriage and were at times on the verge of divorce, but eventually overcame their problems through “the love of Jesus Christ and the power of His Word to bring healing. and deliverance in his life”.

The now deleted text continued: “Since this transformation, Pastor Debbie has worked side by side with her husband in the ministry. Debbie believes that with God anything is possible! Pastor Debbie has a passion to see the power of the Word awaken in every life she encounters.

“She believes that God is in each of her sons and daughters and empowers them to be unstoppable. She is passionate about making men and women realize the power of the Spirit-filled Christian life we ​​have in Jesus Christ.

Debra Lowe and her husband, pastor John Lowe II, left the New Life Christian Church in Warsaw after being confronted on stage by Bobi Gephart, 43.

It has now been revealed that Debra, co-pastor of the congregation, also led a life against her Christian values ​​before joining the church.

It has now been revealed that Debra, co-pastor of the congregation, also led a life against her Christian values ​​before joining the church.

According to her description on the church's profile, which has since been deleted, Debra left her home in upstate New York when she was just 16 to become a stripper.

According to her description on the church’s profile, which has since been deleted, Debra left her home in upstate New York when she was just 16 to become a stripper.

WHO IS PASTOR JOHN LOWE II?

Pastor John Lowe II left the New Life Christian Church in Warsaw after being confronted on stage by 43-year-old Bobi Gephart.

He admitted to having sex with Gephart when she was 16.

The pastor is married to co-pastor and former stripper Debbie and they share adult children.

The couple have been on tour outside the United States preaching about building a new life through the church.

“We want to encourage you to build a new life this morning, the preaching is going to be awesome,” John Lowe said in an undated video recorded while in Ukraine.

According to his deleted profile on the New Life Christian Church website, he had been in full-time ministry for 35 years before resigning.

The time frame suggests he was already in the ministry when he had sex with a 16-year-old Gephart.

The deleted text read, “Marriage and family ministry are of great value to the pastor and his wife Debbie. They want to transmit the truth that God is good, that his word is true and that it works in our lives.

He also preached to the homeless, married couples, and prison inmates through the church.

Debra’s husband has admitted to the church congregation that he had sex with Gephart when she was a teenager, after telling the church he ‘sinned’ 20 years ago by committing the adultery, without mentioning the age of the woman or daughter at the time.

He asked for forgiveness in church, then received a standing ovation.

Gephart then stormed off stage with her husband, Nate Gephart, to say “it wasn’t just adultery” because she was so young at the time.

“For 27 years I lived in a prison… I lived in a prison of lies and shame. Lying to protect the Lowe family. For years I thought I was a horrible person , having suicidal thoughts and not realizing what had really been done to me.

“I would still be in jail if my brother hadn’t approached me two weeks ago with what he saw as a teenager that had bothered him all those years: his pastor in bed with his little sister.”

Turning to Lowe, she continued, “I was only 16 when you took my virginity off your office floor. Do you remember that? I know it.

“You did things to my teenage body that should never have been done. If you can’t admit the truth, you must answer to God. You are not the victim here.

Bobi’s husband Nate then added: ‘That’s a lie. It’s not just adultery.

‘It’s another level. It happened for nine years. When she was 15, 16, the grooming started.

He presented a pearl necklace his wife had received from the church and a “purity ring” which he said the pastor had given him during their affair.

Nate returned both items and said the pair were “not misrepresenting the truth”, but encouraged other women who had been such “gifts from the ministry” to return them as well.

As the couple left the stage, the pastor then faced angry calls from the congregation.

The description also suggested that the Lowes had endured many challenges in their marriage and were at times on the verge of divorce.

The description also suggested that the Lowes had endured many challenges in their marriage and were at times on the verge of divorce.

Pictured: Bobi Gephart and her husband Nate.  They told the congregation that the church had been built

Pictured: Bobi Gephart and her husband Nate. They told the congregation that the church was built ‘on lies’

This is the moment Bobi Gephart, 43, and her husband Nate (middle) confronted Pastor John B. Lowe II (left) on stage at New Life Christian Church in Indiana on Sunday.

This is the moment Bobi Gephart, 43, and her husband Nate (middle) confronted Pastor John B. Lowe II (left) on stage at New Life Christian Church in Indiana on Sunday.

Bobi and her husband then left the church scene and were comforted by other members of the congregation

Bobi and her husband then left the church scene and were comforted by other members of the congregation

Pastor John Lowe II is now 65 years old.  He was 38 when his affair with Bobi began.  She was 16

Pastor John Lowe II is now 65 years old. He was 38 when his affair with Bobi began. She was 16

“If you did, you have to admit it! said an angry devotee.

Another shouted, “We need to hear from our pastor! A third then shouted: “Give him the microphone!

Lowe returned to the stage.

He first said, “I told you that I had committed adultery and it had gone on far too long.

A member of the congregation then shouted, “You didn’t tell us she was 16!

He then relented: “It was wrong. I can’t fix things. I can not do better. It’s like that.

“It’s not quite true but it happened, yes.”

Because the legal age of consent in Indiana is 16, Lowe is unlikely to face criminal charges for the relationship.

He left the church and was removed from its website.

In a statement, the church said: ‘This long-held secret was first revealed when a woman from the church came forward and disclosed the relationship to various people within the church.

“When confronted with other church leaders regarding this report, Pastor Lowe privately confessed that the adultery did indeed occur.

“In anticipation of Pastor Lowe’s public confession at our church service, the woman in question and her family have been invited to attend.

The couple have since left the church

The couple have since left the church

The pastor is shown addressing the congregation and receiving a standing ovation after telling them he had

The pastor is shown addressing the congregation and receiving a standing ovation after telling them he had ‘committed adultery’ 20 years ago, before Bobi took the stage.

“She attended and, with her husband, also addressed the congregation, stating that inappropriate sexual behavior first occurred when she was 16 and continued into her twenties. . She tearfully described living with deep shame and pain in the years that followed.

“As a result of what has just been revealed, we are hurt and broken for a woman who lovingly attended and served the church for many years, and for her husband and family.

“It is our deepest prayer and our commitment to love, support, encourage and help her through a healing process in any way we can.

“Our heartbreak also extends to Pastor Lowe, his wife and family.

‘For 42 years, New Life has taught and preached a cross-cutting message of repentance, forgiveness and restoration; a ministry of reconciliation that was both led and modeled by pastors John and Debbie Lowe.

“As healing occurs in their hearts, marriages and families, we pledge to demonstrate the same support, encouragement, counsel and forgiveness that has come to define the collective heart and ministry of this body.”

Pastor Lowe II and his wife have children the same age as Bobi.