COURT OF CONVICTION:Duval County, 2009
OUTCOME: Registered sex offender in Florida for two 2009 convictions of lewd and lascivious molestation of two teenage girls, one between 12 and 15 years old and another under 16. He went back to work at another church in 2012 after serving a three-year prison term. Worked at a large church in Dallas County in the 1990s, but he left the state for Florida after being publicly accused of molesting young congregants, according to articles published by the Dallas Morning News.”
“Mom accuses pastor of sending lewd texts to daughter,” Florida Times-Union (AP), 12/24/07
“Pastor Darrell Gilyard takes leave from Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church,” Fox30 News, 12/22/07 (with video)
“One-time SBC rising star in spotlight for sexual text messages,” EthicsDaily, 12/26/07
“SNAP leader says sex offender database might have stopped accused predator,” EthicsDaily, 12/28/07
“The downfall of a pastor,” Dallas Morning News, 7/14/91
SNAP Note: According to a 1991 Austin American Statesman article, Darrell Gilyard’s Texas church was SBC-affiliated. News articles describe former SBC president Paige Patterson as having been Gilyard’s “mentor.” Jerry Vines, who “agreed to forgive” Gilyard, is also a former SBC president.