Highland Park Baptistís childrenís minister pleads guilty comment (0)
March 13, 2014
After being arrested in early February, Jeffrey Dale Eddie — who served as the children’s pastor and administrator of Highland Park Baptist Church, Muscle Shoals — pleaded guilty at the Colbert County Courthouse on March 7 to 16 counts of sodomy, three counts of sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12 and one count of child pornography.
According to court documents, Eddie confessed to performing multiple sex acts on children from the Colbert-Lauderdale Baptist Association church.
He had served on staff at the church for 16 years. Prior to his role at Highland Park Baptist he served North Highland Baptist Church near Tuscumbia; North Village Baptist Church, Florence; and one other unconfirmed church according to his personal website.
Highland Park Pastor Brett Pitman shared openly at the Feb. 24–25 State Evangelism Conference in Montgomery about the church’s desire to minister to the hurting families at his church.
And he said during his sermon that all suffering provides an opportunity for God to be glorified. Speaking from experience, he encouraged listeners to allow weeping to lead you to worship.
“When you are stripped bare ... beaten down ... and yet in the midst of that through (a) broken heart you’re able to stand and worship the one true holy God ... it will be the most glorious worship you will ever experience,” he said.
“In the midst of suffering get your eyes off the storm and ... on Jesus.”
At press time, www.WAFF.com reported Eddie will serve at least 30 years under his plea. The sentence will be served concurrently.