JESSILYN JUSTICE

A Texas pastor resigned from his church after he was arrested on prostitution charges.A Texas pastor resigned from his church after he was arrested on prostitution charges.

Eddie Hilburn allegedly responded to an online ad for sexual activities, which actually led him to an undercover sheriff’s deputy.

“In regard to the recent arrest of Dr. Eddie Hilburn, The Woodlands First Baptist Church has received and accepted his resignation and has taken steps to notify the congregation,” Senior Pastor Bruce Webb says. “This is a difficult time for Eddie, his family and our church. We continue to seek God’s will with grace and truth, providing love and support to all those affected, while reaffirming our commitment to the highest expectations for our church and its leadership.”

“The Woodlands First Baptist Church is still gathering information regarding our staff member Eddie Hilburn. We can assure you that a statement will be issued once all facts are known, and administration has had an opportunity to review them. We appreciate your patience in the meantime, and we continue to look to God for guidance,” according to a church statement.

The Woodlands Church is considered one of the largest in the Southern Baptist Convention. In 2014, the church reported a weekly attendance of 18,524.

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