5 Sex Abuse Victims Sue Bethany, OK Nazarene Church

My thanks to Tulsa World for this story.


By Associated Press

BETHANY — Five girls who were sexually abused by a former youth minister at Nazarene Church in Bethany are now suing the church.

The lawsuit names Bethany First Church of the Nazarene, the Nazarene Church, its northwest Oklahoma district, Southern Nazarene University, former and current pastors and a university counselor.

Former youth minister Ryan Wonderly is serving a 35 year prison sentence for molesting girls at the church.

Among the allegations is that Wonderly’s roommates at Southern Nazarene found he was looking at child pornography. The lawsuit says the university then recommended him for an internship as an elementary pastor at the church in Bethany as a way to help him.

Church officials declined comment.

6 Responses

  1. I am saddened that people have made such bad decisions. It is imperative that the church rectify and makes lasting enforcale rules and laws that protect the children. The church must also deal with the trust it has broken with everyone who is effected, the victims, the members, and everyone who reads this story. The church must make a statement and make changes!

  2. When will the Nazarene church also acknowledge clergy sexual abuse of adult women? When will the church open it’s eyes and do what is right?

  3. Please, Church of the Nazarene, I ask that you take steps to protect women from the devastating effects of clergy sexual abuse.

    Jan tuin
    Co-Director of Tamar’s Voice Ministry

  4. When will the church at large recognize this issue?

  5. I cannot believe it!!!!!
    The church of the Nazarene is totally wrong. Personally, I was a victim of sexual abused by a Nazarene Minister.
    It took years to get to court and they settle and he continues unpunished at all. Tragic. I feel horrible for the five girls

  6. It is becoming known that sexual even ritual sexual abuse has been throughout the history of the Nazarene Church. This much I know of at least 3 different cases in California in the early 1960’s.

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