Kansas Youth Pastor charged with Indecent Liberties


Wayne Huston mugshot

—UPDATE —

On June 14, 2010 a plea agreement was entered into court for Huston to plea Guilty to a Level 5 felony of 21-3503(a)(1) IND LIB W/CHILD TOUCHING. For this he was sentenced to 31 months or 2 yrs 7 months.

—END UPDATE —

Originally published Feb 1, 2010

Whenever I see a story break on the news like this, I often find myself hoping it just isn’t true. This is no exception.  Here, Wayne Huston of Overland Park, Kansas was a youth pastor who, after eight years left Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Overland Park for unspecified reasons in August, is accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a 14-yr old girl. The girl’s mother evidently found inappropriate text messages on the girl’s phone.

“None of these incidents happened at this church. They did happen at the girl’s house and at the man’s house,” Officer Jim Weaver said.

Mr. Huston is described as a member of the religious band AwakenUs, their Facebook page describes them as:

The members of AwakenUs feel called to reveal God’s message of grace and hope through music. Their debut album, Reveal, is original Christian rock from their hearts. Reveal shows the musical diversity of AwakenUs. These songs contain themes close to the band members that everyone can relate to in their own lives.

Although Huston left Holy Cross, his Facebook page referenced him as being a fan of the newly relocated Heartland Community Church on Strang Line Road in Olathe. However, his ministry website says you can do the following:

Soul Care Ministries is committed to helping you go deeper with God. Whether through personal spiritual direction, group spiritual direction, or spiritual formation retreats we can help you discover how God is at work in your life and in the world.  And as you go deeper with God you’ll discover God wants to go deeper with you.

Huston is currently being held at the Johnson County Detention Center on a $25,000 bond for Indecent Liberties with a Child.

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