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She had a new job at her Chicago-area megachurch, led by a dynamic young pastor named the Rev. Bill Hybels, who in the 1980s was becoming one of the most influential evangelical leaders in the country.
The pay at Willow Creek Community Church was much lower than at her old job, but Ms. Baranowski, then 32, admired Mr. Hybels and the church’s mission so much that it seemed worth it. She felt even more blessed when in 1985 Mr. Hybels and his wife invited her to move into their home, where she shared family dinners and vacations.
Once, while Mr. Hybels’s wife, Lynne, and their children were away, the pastor took Ms. Baranowski out for dinner. When they got home, Mr. Hybels offered her a back rub in front of the fireplace and told her to lie face down.
Stunned, she remembered feeling unable to say no to her boss and pastor as he straddled her, unhooked her bra and touched her near her breasts. She remembered feeling his hands shake.
I lived in my first apartment, right by this church, when the church was built. I was shocked by the size of the church complex. Subsequently, my then girlfriend and I had friends who were members of Willow Creek. They were wild about the young pastor, and encouraged us to attend a service with them. We didn't. I was suspicious because I'm suspicious of charismatic people. They aren't all bad, but I intuitively recognized that I should to be cautious about trusting charismatic individuals because it's easy to become blind to their faults. I can think of some that I've come to have great respect for, but I never met Hybels--only heard about him--so I remained a skeptic.
It doesn't sound like Hybels committed any crimes, but if the accusations in the article are true, he abused his authority and seriously harmed some of the people around him. I believe the accusers. The contemporaneous notes, the corroborating witnesses, including a therapist granted permission to speak, are convincing. Unfortunately, Hybels has chosen to continue his denials, further injuring those he's injured.
So my ongoing genealogy research unearthed this gem. Taken in the 1960s, on the other side of the sea. It's now my favorite in my family collection. The two girls on the right bear an uncanny resemblance to a close friend who, as it turns out, is also my cousin, according to DNA testing results.
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