Why do churches make punk and thugs youth pastors? He looks like a punk, right? Youth pastor Christopher Andrew Puryer was arrested on suspicion of committing lewd acts on a 14-year-old girl. He also stands accused of intimidating a witness.
Sheriff’s deputies launched their investigation Friday night after two church leaders from the Gateway Ministries church reported that Puryear was having inappropriate relations with at least one youth group teen, Bauman said.
The church leaders indicated Puryear had been spending a great deal of time with teen girls in the youth group, as well as sending them text messages.
Puryer was the youth pastor at a Finley, California church called Gateway Ministries (formerly Big Valley Community Church).
He entered a plea of not guilty.