Menlo Church Pastor allows son, John Ortberg III, who is attracted to children, to work with kids at Menlo Church.
Menlo Church’s Pastor Investigated for Allowing Son to Work With Children While Knowing he was Attracted to Them
Menlo Church’s Pastor’s Son, John Ortberg III, was allowed by his father John Ortberg to work with minors despite Ortberg’s knowledge of his son’s attraction to children as stated by www.heavy.com. Ortberg III’s “compulsive sexual feelings towards children” were exposed by Daniel Lavery, Ortberg’s estranged son.
Menlo Church conducted an initial investigation keeping the volunteer in question private. Following, the Board released a statement saying they did not find any indication of misconduct by the volunteer, later named as Ortberg III.
The Pastor was aware of these accusations as early as 2018 when a volunteer came forward. However, Ortberg failed to ensure the safety of minors at Menlo Church as he did not take the required steps to prevent this person from volunteering with minors in the future. Ortberg later issued an apology for mishandling the situation by not considering the concerns of the congregation, and not ensuring the safety and security of all church members.