Last month, evangelist and spoken-word poet Clayton Jennings was in the middle of a sex scandal that involved him and several women who accused him of seducing them into an intimate relationship before marriage. Due to the scandal, Clayton Jennings stepped away from his from his ministry even as his license was revoked by his home church.
Clayton Jennings also posted a video, entitled "Confessions" on his social media pages where he admitted to the wrongdoings during ministry. Also in the video is an announcement by Tony Nolan, who is a mentor to the celebrity evangelist. In the video, Nolan informed the viewers that Jennings has decided to submit himself to a repentance and renewal process under the guidance of Tony Nolan.
Just weeks later, the video was taken down from Clayton Jenning's pages, and Tony Nolan announced that Clayton is no longer undergoing the renewal process with him, but has instead opted to use the services of a secular team.
Last week on his Instagram page, Tony Nolan wrote,"To update previous communication, with [a] heavy heart, I inform you Clayton Jennings has chosen to end the repentance/renewal process with me."
According to Nolan, Jennings had been asking advice from a secular team and he wanted to be both undergoing the renewal process with Nolan but still take advice from the secular team, but Nolan said it would defeat the purpose of the original process of repentance and renewal. Jennings then said he would give his final decision in 24 hours.
"Upon calling back, he informed me that he had already privately confessed to God about these sexual sins that occurred during his public preaching ministry and he really did not need the process after all, and just needs the secular team to navigate from the media fallout," Nolan explained.
This is a very diluted post, honoring confidentiality, yet bringing clarity to a previous public announcement. In November 2016, Clayton Jennings reached out to me for help over some sins in his life. We discussed a Biblical process of repentance and renewal and he saw that he needed it and agreed to it. A large part of Clayton’s influence is via social media, therefore, he posted a video on the internet. In the video, I opened by telling about the process and Clayton did a spoken word mentioning his sins and his entering the process. Weeks into the repentance journey, Clayton informed me he had secured the services of a secular team to advise him. He asked me if he could follow their advice, yet still be in process with me. I said no, he'd have to choose one or the other, because it’s not in keeping with the original process. He then asked for 24hrs to decide. Upon calling back, he informed me that he had already privately confessed to God about these sexual sins that occurred during his public preaching ministry and he really did not need the process after all, and just needs the secular team to navigate from the media fallout. By default, this post and caption was necessary to clarify Clayton Jennings current actions in regards to his previous public announcement with me.
Clayton Jennings has not explained why he has decided to end the process he was undergoing with his mentor, Tony Nolan. Christian News reported that they reached out to the leadership of Harbour Shores Church in Cicero, Indiana to clarify the counseling process that Jennings will now undergo through. Instead, they received a reply from Don Jennings, Sr, Clayton's father who said that anyone who asks about the issue is "godless" and "bent on destruction."
A total of six girls have come forward since the scandal began, claiming that Jennings had seduced them with promises of marriage. In his "Confessions" video, which has since been taken down, Jennings admitted to having sex before marriage, breaking a lot of girls' hearts and leading them on.