Gary Elg, Red Wing pastor, busted in St. Paul prostitution sting, resigns

Categories: Crime, Religion, Sex
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Elg's mug (left), along with a shot from happier times.
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What would Jesus do? It's a question pastor Gary Elg apparently forgot to ask himself on July 24.

That day, Elg, the sole pastor for 23 years at Red Wing's First Presbyterian Church, was arrested for allegedly trying to give an undercover St. Paul cop money for sex. He was cited the next day, and resigned from the church the day after that.

Elg's arrest was apparently part of a prostitution sting at a hotel or motel in St. Paul, but authorities won't say exactly where because of "officer safety reasons" and because the business is cooperating with law enforcement, according to the Pioneer Press.

On July 26, Elg, 60, called a special meeting at the church, during which he offered his resignation. His offer was accepted.
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Elg was pastor at Red Wing's First Presbyterian Church for 23 years.

The Rochester Post-Bulletin reports that Elg, reading a written letter during the meeting, told his congregation: "I have failed you as a pastor and a friend. I have crossed some serious ethical and moral boundaries."

"I apologize for my inappropriate behavior that has led to [my resignation]," he continued. "I will be seeking therapy and healing for my life and for the good of my family."

The Post-Bulletin got some reaction from First Presbyterian member Ian Sheerer.

"It certainly can be [stunning] and has been," Sheerer said. "Gary has been our pastor for 23 years. Widely, the response has been an outpouring of love for Gary and his family... as we go through the various stages of grief and mourning."

Even though he resigned in disgrace, the First Presbyterian congregation will meet this Sunday at 9:30 a.m. to vote on a "separation package" for Elg. According to the Pierce County Herald, Church leadership has recommended giving the former pastor up to two month's salary, with benefits, along with paying his two remaining weeks of vacation.

Elg has been charged with a misdemeanor. He's scheduled to appear in Ramsey County court next month.


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21 comments
Joseph Drizzle
Joseph Drizzle

He was paying for consensual sex with another adult, ZOMG!!! Big fucking deal. And omehow this is more offensive to the closet-pedo Christians and Catholics than FORCING yourself on a CHILD in the name of Jesus and then getting sent to another parish to bang more kids as punishment, or as the Pope calls it, "the usual". Makes sense. Guess that whole "he who never sinned may cast the first stone" part of the bible is the part that most bible thumpers ignore becuase they can't use it to look down on people or condemn them to burn for all eternity... so in closing, congrats to this preacher for being involved in the first church sex scandal I've read in a long ass time that didn't involve children.

johnjacobs
johnjacobs

Everybody just leave him alone already. He is acting like a normal Christian or Catholic priest would do.

Michael Flowers
Michael Flowers

Jesus specifically hung out with prostitutes. The Presbyterian Chuch likely is less forgiving.

Scott Welsc H
Scott Welsc H

People are people despite religions. Some people are "nice" some are cruel, religion it just a group of what they say they believe in even if they don't practice what they preach.

truckloadbear
truckloadbear

WWJB  Who Would Jesus Bang? Undercover cops, apparently.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

Rupar you lazy bum find out if the undercover prostie was a male or female. 

paigetastic
paigetastic

yeah "mourn".......mourn that you didn't know he was a perv

paigetastic
paigetastic

that's so sad that his congregation is "mourning".......ummm.....just be happy you found out he was a perv before another 23 years went by.....

Gregg Juhlin
Gregg Juhlin

Maybe I'll grab some Chick-Fil-A for lunch.

Sam Jaeger
Sam Jaeger

Was the prostitute male or female? Article doesn't say...

Joe Dragich
Joe Dragich

This is a perfect, shining example of how religion doesn't have any real bearing on our moral compass. What a jackass.

Brian Pfeffer
Brian Pfeffer

I'm a native of Red Wing. What a shame this is

WatusiJenkins
WatusiJenkins

 @atrupar  @MicheleBachmann  Would you please ban M.B...AGAIN....he/she/it is so annoying.  I mean, you have seen her posts for the past 1 year.  She defends career Welfare collectors, she defends ghetto/rap culture, she defends gang violence (claiming that the police and Republicans are at fault for it).  I mean, do you honestly take this person seriously?  Do you realize what this makes you look like? The fact that you actually take her/he/it seriously really doesn't make you look good as a journalist.  Fine, I understand that you are left leaning, and I do not have a problem with that, but when you allow this complete moron to post on your articles, it really says something about you.    

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

 @atrupar Ohhhhhhh I can't wait!    I hope he's a big time Republican gay basher who was looking for a rent boy! 

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

 @WatusiJenkins  @atrupar I don't say racist things or threaten others with violence like you do.  I actually contribute to discussions with humor or facts.  You just throw up racial slurs and repost stupidity you read on Fox News.  Don't get mad at me because you are a priest that got caught trying to blow an undercover cop. 

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