Leaders at King's Way Baptist Church
in Douglasville, Ga., confirmed in a letter dated Oct. 18 that Bill Wininger
has resigned after more than 15 years as pastor.
Another letter dated Oct. 27 acknowledged that church leaders were aware of allegations and charges surfacing recently on the Internet.
Wininger's troubles started when a woman who is now 25 years old alleged serial abuse that began when she
was 3 at North Sharon Baptist Church in Grass Lake, Mich.
A Facebook group titled Justice for the Victims of Bill Wininger
went online Oct. 23 and in the first week grew to 466 members.
Rev. Bill Wininger, who had served as minister at King's Way Baptist Church in Douglas County for more than 15 years, is no longer the minister and any mention of him is no longer on the church's website.
All previously recorded messages or sermons that were on the site have also been taken down.
King's Way officials were cordial and understanding when contacted, but did not provide a statement on the matter in time for this report.
Calls to a number listed for Wininger
were not returned Tuesday.
The home listed as his
private residence is for sale and no one answered the door Tuesday.
will no longer be involved in the ministry of The King's Way Baptist Church
and King's Way Christian
As many of you already know, our pastor has inflicted life-threatening harm upon himself and we would prayerfully ask that you pray for his
The letter went on to offer counseling to any of those who needed it in wake of the developments.
The Oct. 27 letter addressed the abuse allegations.
"I have been receiving a few inquiries regarding the allegations against our former Pastor, Bill Wininger.
"The allegations and charges that are surfacing on the Internet today were events that occurred while Bill Wininger
pastored in Michigan 18 years ago.