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St. John’s Episcopal Church in Charlotte still won’t reveal the reason its chief minister had to resign, but the church did say Sunday that the Rev. Paul Winton did nothing criminal.
In an email sent to members of St. John’s, the church said that Winton’s offenses “did not involve in any way – from start to finish – any criminal or financial wrongdoing or any other wrongdoing against any other person or child.”
The email came from Matt Williams, whose title is senior assistant to the rector for family ministry. He confirmed to the Observer that he sent it at the instruction of the church’s vestry, or lay leadership group.
Winton, the rector at St. John’s since 2010, agreed to resign from his post after a diocesan panel concluded that he engaged in “conduct unbecoming a member of the clergy.”
One member of that panel was Bishop Anne Hodges-Copple, who heads the Raleigh-based Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina. She was in Charlotte last Thursday night to speak in person about Winton’s case to the congregation at St. John’s – the second largest Episcopal church in Charlotte.
She followed up with a Friday letter to the church’s 2,000-plus members. In it, she wrote that she received allegations against Winton last December, after which he went on a leave of absence.