Church speaks out after Memphis youth pastor indicted for statutory rape

WATCH: Memphis youth pastor indicted for statutory rape

Memphis, Tenn. — Jeremy Thompson was supposed to help young people build a relationship with God at New Life Church.

Now, the youth pastor is indicted on statutory rape charges for a relationship records show he may have had with a minor.

According to indictment papers obtained by FOX13, a Grand Jury says Thompson used electronic communication to engage a child between 13 and 18 years of age in sexual activity and used his position of trust to attempt to have sex with the child.

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FOX13 went to Thompson’s home for comment.

Thompson said he couldn’t talk about anything regarding the case, but a man sitting on his porch claiming to be his father said Thompson was a youth pastor at New Life Church.

But FOX13 found records in the New Life employee handbook with a picture of Jeremy Thompson as a youth pastor, as well as YouTube video on the New Life Church YouTube page of Thompson speaking as a youth pastor.

Thompson is scheduled to appear in court on October 29.

New Life of Memphis letter:

Dear New Life Memphis:

We have been made aware of the indictment of Jeremy Thompson. As the pastors of New Life of Memphis, we are empathic to all parties involved in this matter.

Out of respect for the judicial process, we will not speak on the matter at hand. We will respect the privacy of this case and allow it to be resolved as a matter of law.

We request that all media and judicial concerns be forwarded to the church attorney: Attorney Madeleine Savage-Townes 901-680-7514 or 901-219-1867 or

We will continue to extend our pastoral care and counseling services to any member to any member who has need of those services.

Bishop Kevin and Pastor Linda Willis

Official Statement

Posted by New Life of Memphis on Friday, October 23, 2020