MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) held a protest against Highpoint Church teaching pastor Andy Savage on Monday morning.
In a statement released Sunday, SNAP said it wants the pastor removed from ministry for what he did to Jules Woodson decades ago. A small group of SNAP members appeared outside Highpoint Church to promote their message.
"In hindsight, I see that more could have been done for Jules," Savage said earlier in January. "I'm truly sorry that more was not done."
Woodson shared her story with WMC Action News 5 earlier this month after her story caught national attention.
"It's very hard to tell your story. It's very hard to speak up, especially when you feel pressured by the church to be silent," Woodson said.
Savage said he disclosed the incident to Highpoint lead pastor Chris Conlee before he was hired.
"What message is Conlee sending to the membership - we're going to rally around the offending minister?" SNAP volunteer leader David Brown said.
Highpoint announced that Savage is still on a leave of absence as a lawyer reviews the events. Savage no longer appears on the church's website.
Administrative Pastor Jim Pritchard said the church expects Fredrick's investigation to conclude by the end of February.
The church said it is also sorry for the pain Woodson suffered and support SNAP's right to protest.
However, that investigation isn't good enough for this group.
"If they want to have it done right, get an independent group, somebody from DHS, from the attorney general's office to investigate," Brown said.