Indiana woman, 43, who publicly outed pastor for having sex with her when she was a teen, reveals that he started grooming her when she was 14 YEARS OLD
- Bobi Gephart spoke about how she had been groomed starting at 14-years-old by Pastor John B. Lowe II of the New Life Christian Church & World Outreach
- In a new interview Gephart, now 43, said Lowe earned her trust by telling her he loved her and by the time she turned 16-years-old things escalated
- Lowe goes on to show pictures of the pastor at major events in her life, including a photo of him at her high school graduation and him officiating her wedding
- Gephart revealed that her relationship with Lowe lasted 9 years and he was able to keep her quiet about their affair by filling her with fear
- Gephart said she was inspired to speak up after her brother, Edgar Wolfe, 45, confessed he saw Lowe in bed with his younger sister in a T-shirt and underwear
- When asked how she feels now about the situation she said: ‘It’s almost like I can’t even believe everybody knows my secret now,’ adding, ‘I hated lying’
The Indiana woman who bravely and publicly outed her former pastor for having sex with her when she was 16-years-old has revealed that the religious leader allegedly started grooming her when she was just 14 years old.
Bobi Gephart spoke to Inside Edition about how she had been allegedly manipulated and sexually abused by Pastor John B. Lowe II of the New Life Christian Church & World Outreach.
Gephart, now 43, said Lowe earned her trust by telling her he loved her and by the time she turned 16-years-old things escalated.
‘Things just progressed into a full on sexual, I guess you would call it relationship,’ she told Inside Edition.
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Bobi Gephart (pictured) spoke to Inside Edition about how she had been groomed and sexually abused by Pastor John B. Lowe II of the New Life Christian Church & World Outreach
‘When you claim and parade yourself as a pastor and you do that to someone, you are a wicked and evil person, and that’s what he is,’ her husband Nate told Inside Edition (pictured together)
Lowe goes on to show pictures of the pastor at major events in her life, including a photo of him embracing her at her high school graduation and even him officiating her 2004 wedding
Bobi and her husband then left the church stage and were comforted by other members of the congregation
Gephart went on to show pictures of the pastor at major events in her life, including a photo of Lowe embracing her at her high school graduation and even the pastor officiating her 2004 wedding to her current husband Nate, who did not know about their relationship until last month.
Gephart revealed that her relationship with Lowe lasted nine years and he was able to keep her quiet about their illicit affair by filling her with fear about what would happen if people found out.
‘He told me that this would ruin everybody,’ she said. ‘Think of the lives that would be destroyed if you ever said anything,’ she said he told her.
Gephart even said that he sought to make her feel guilty but warning her that he would go to prison if anyone ever found out.
Gephart, who said she ‘wanted to tell somebody for so long’ about what Lowe did to her, said she was inspired to speak up after her brother, Edgar Wolfe, 45, confessed that he had been ‘haunted’ by the memory of seeing ‘his pastor in bed with his younger sister, T-shirt and underwear on.’
‘I opened up to my brother absolutely everything and he wept with me,’ she said. ‘I didn’t know that he knew, I didn’t know he saw that.’
Wolfe immediately confronted Lowe by text, calling on him to resign.
During a May 22 sermon at the New Life Christian Church & World Outreach in Warsaw, Lowe admitted to ‘adultery’ but did not confess it had been with a teen.
Gephart, who was in attendance with her husband, said his half-confession enraged them.
‘I stood in the back of the sanctuary and we were on fire and just shaking our heads like ‘I just cant believe you’re lying to these people’ and so they decided to storm the stage.
She told the congregation the ‘adultery’ Lowe had previously confessed to, had actually been her rape when she was just 16, which she said occurred 27 years ago. At the time Gephart was known by her maiden name Bobi Wolfe.
‘If you love us, please let us talk,’ Nate said, handing the mic to his wife.
It was 27 years, she said, not 20, that she had ‘lived in a prison of lies and shame.’
‘For years, I thought I was a horrible person, having suicidal thoughts, not realizing what had truly been done to me, that I was a victim,’ she told him. ‘I was just 16 when you took my virginity on your office floor. Do you remember that? I know you do.’
She told Lowe ‘you kept me in your prison,’ but ‘I´m a prisoner no longer.’
John Lowe only told his congregation that he had committed adultery, but did not say that it was with a teenage member of his own church
Pastor John B. Lowe II and his wife Debra who admits that at 16 she left her home in Upstate New York to work as a stripper
Pastor John Lowe was found shirtless in bed with Bobi Gephart when she was underage, her brother told DailyMail.com. Bobi was wearing a T-shirt and underwear
A plaque announcing that John and Debbie Lowe are pastors at New Life was still on the church building a week after they had quit
The video of the incident has been viewed close to a million times on Facebook.
‘When you claim and parade yourself as a pastor and you do that to someone, you are a wicked and evil person, and that’s what he is,’ her husband Nate told Inside Edition.
Gephart said she was met with support from her community after he public confession.
‘Many, many people came to us and there were just sobs and hugs and love,’ Gephart said.
When asked how she feels now about the situation she said: ‘It’s almost like I cant even believe everybody knows my secret now,’ adding, ‘I hated lying.’
The following day Lowe resigned as pastor, the church said in a statement. The church said no one on staff had previously known about what happened, and it offered to help Gephart with ‘healing in any way in which we are able.’
In the church’s May 29 service, Lowe’s son, associate pastor Bryan Lowe, read a statement saying the church would be restructuring and holding meetings with members.
Indiana State Police, in a statement, asked anyone with ‘information as a victim or a witness’ about the situation to contact investigators.
Gephart said she spoke with police but acknowledged prosecution of Lowe may be unlikely because of the passage of time and because Indiana law defines the age of sexual consent at 16. She said she´s aware of other past abuse within the church.
In an interview with DailyMail.com last week, Wolfe recalled the moment he saw his younger sister in bed with Lowe.
He said it had been early morning in the Lowes’ home in Warsaw, with the pastor’s former teenage stripper wife Debbie, 64, away when he walked into the master bedroom ‘and I discovered him and my sister under covers’.
‘He was shirtless and she was in underwear and a t-shirt,’ said Wolfe, who was 16 at the time.
‘I looked puzzled so he said, she just came in to say good morning and it was cold. They were in bed under a duvet and his wife was gone. And it was early.
‘I was trying to think it through. In my innocence I believed what he said. And I thought we’re family, he wouldn’t do anything, he’s our pastor and I’ll trust it.
‘Bobi is about 18 months younger than me so she would have been either 14 or 15 at the time. In my young mind I thought, it’s a good thing nobody else saw this or they would call the cops, and they wouldn’t even know that it was innocent.’
Edgar explained the Lowe and Wolfe families were firm friends through the church –and looked after each other’s children during frequent trips away by both couples. The pastor and his wife went on Christian missions abroad and Karen and her late husband Eddie drove a truck.
That’s the reason Gephart, Edgar and their older sister Stacy, now 47, were at the Lowe home that fateful morning the pastor was caught out. Incidentally, the video of Gephart confronting Lowe was filmed by Stacy’s daughter, Maisie.
Edgar, now a retired Army intelligence warrant officer, tried to mentally suppress the image for years and didn’t say anything, but said he was often troubled by it.
‘It upset me. So as I got older and started to question these things I realized that I probably should have called the cops. And should have done something,’ he added.
While Gephart and Wolfe’s mother told DailyMail.com that she only learned of her daughter’s suffering at the hands of Lowe following after her son made his revelation to the family in early May.
The pair’s mother, Karen, said: ‘My kids worshipped this man Lowe. He was their hero. I looked after their kids, they looked after my kids. We were like family,’ she said.
‘I considered him a protector of my children, not a predator of my children. But that’s exactly how it went.
‘For Bobi, I felt mad for her, I was devastated for her when I found out. There were so many emotions at the beginning, because I’m thinking, can this actually have happened? And I felt betrayed by Lowe.
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