Former ministry leader, author and founder of Welton Academy Jonathan Welton has posted a letter on Facebook from mentor and former Bethel senior leader Danny Silk verifying Welton's long-term involvement in what Silk says is "a process that is helping him grow and heal."
Welton closed his school, largely focused on the supernatural and what Welton called "better covenant" teaching, in September 2018 after numerous accusations of sexual misconduct against him surfaced.
At the time, Silk, who confronted Welton and urged him toward repentance, published a letter on Sept. 18, 2018, laying out the circumstances of Welton's resignation and detailing the terms of a proposed recovery process to be overseen by an advisory board consisting of Harold Eberle, Bob Muncy, Steve and Joy Hogan, Eric Gregson and Doug Johnson. He also noted that Welton's behavior was "beyond hurtful and scary" and that he was "toxic" to those involved with him.
At the time, Silk reported, Welton was largely unrepentant. "Jon is not fit to be a leader, nor is he fit to have access to other people's vulnerability," he wrote.
The new letter from Silk shares much more encouraging news about Welton's repentance and continuing recovery process, although Silk does note that Welton "has no plans to re-enter any positions of ministry at this point. He has agreed to include me in any conversations about any movement in that direction in the future."
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