Gateway Church settled two lawsuits, including one alleging child sex abuse, this year
Date Shared: July 9th, 2024
Date Released: July 9th, 2024


Gateway Church settled multiple lawsuits in the months before and days after founder and lead pastor Robert Morris resigned over the revelation of child sexual abuse he was accused of in the 1980s, according to court documents.

Court records show the North Texas megachurch, based in Southlake, settled at least two lawsuits in April and June of this year. One suit alleged that a different case of sexual abuse of a minor by a member of the North Texas megachurch was covered up by several pastors. The other suit claimed the church discriminated against an employee, who said she was sexually harassed by her boss. Church officials reached agreements with the plaintiffs in both cases but said the settlements were not admissions of wrongdoing, according to court documents.

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Gateway Church

Gateway Church is a non-denominational, evangelical Christianmulti-site megachurch based in Southlake, Texas, near Fort Worth.  In 2024, its founding pastor, Robert Morris, resigned after allegations of past sexual abuse of a minor.