Debra Lowe and her husband, Pastor John Lowe II, stepped down from the New Life Christian Church after he was confronted on stage by Bobi Gephart.
The wife of a 65-year-old Indiana pastor, who was forced to admit he once took a 16-year-old girl’s virginity when she confronted him in front of the entire congregation, was a stripper during her teen years, DailyMail.com can reveal.
Debra Lowe and her husband, Pastor John Lowe II, stepped down from the New Life Christian Church in Warsaw after he was confronted on stage by Bobi Gephart, 43
Gephart came forward with a microphone to tell their church how Lowe groomed her as a teen, starting when she was 16 – the legal age of consent in the state.
It has now been revealed that Debra, a co-pastor at the congregation, also led a life against her Christian values before joining the church.
According to her description on the church’s profile, which has since been removed, Debra left her home in upstate New York when she was just 16 to become a stripper.
The description also suggested the Lowes endured numerous challenges in their marriage and were on the verge of divorce at times, but ultimately overcame their issues through ‘the love of Jesus Christ and the power of His Word to bring healing and deliverance in her life.’
The now-deleted text continued: ‘Since this transformation, Pastor Debbie has worked side-by-side with her husband in ministry. Debbie believes with God all things are possible! Pastor Debbie has a passion to see the power of the Word awaken in every life she encounters.’
‘She believes God is within each of His sons and daughters and empowering them to be unstoppable. She is passionate for men and women to realize the power of the Spirit-Filled Christian Life we have in Christ Jesus.’
Debra’s husband admitted before the church’s congregation that he had s3x with Gephart when she was a teen, after telling the church that he ‘sinned’ 20 years ago by committing adultery, without mentioning how old the woman or girl was at the time.
He begged for the church’s forgiveness, then received a standing ovation.
Gephart then stormed towards the stage with her husband, Nate Gephart, to say it ‘was not just adultery’ because she was so young at the time.
‘For 27 years I lived in a prison… I lived in a prison of lies and shame. Lying to protect the Lowe family. For years I thought I was a horrible person, having suicidal thoughts and not realizing what had been truly done to me.
‘I would still be in a prison if my brother had not just approached me two weeks ago with what he had seen as a teenager that bothered him all these years: his pastor in bed with his younger sister.’
Turning to Lowe, she continued: ‘I was just 16 when you took my virginity on your office floor. Do you remember that? I know you do.
‘You did things to to my teenage body that should have never been done. If you can’t admit the truth, you have to answer to God. You are not the victim here.’
Bobi’s husband Nate then added: ‘This is a lie. This is not just adultery.
‘It’s another level. It happened for nine years. When she was 15, 16, the grooming started.’
He presented a pearl necklace that his wife had been given by the church and a ‘purity ring’ that he said the pastor gave her during their affair.
Nate returned both items and said the pair ‘were not stretching the truth’, but encouraged other women who had been these ‘gifts of the ministry’ to return them too.
As the couple left the stage, the pastor then faced angry calls from the congregation.
Lowe returned to the stage.
At first he said: ‘I told you I committed adultery and that it went on far too long.‘
A member of the congregation then shouted out: ‘You didn’t tell us she was 16!’
He then relented: ‘It was wrong. I can’t make it right. I can’t make it better. That’s just the way it is.