WORD BY WORD, with the support of the Dept. of English, The Writing Center and the UNF Gallery of Art, presents author Tim Gilmore reading from his latest and perhaps most important work to date.
In 2006, the Reverend Robert Gray, builder of Jacksonville’s “first megachurch,” was arrested on charges of sexual molestation of children. Though Bob Gray died in November 2007, enough facts had emerged to show that Trinity Baptist Church had covered up dozens of cases of its pastor’s pedophilia for decades.
Tim Gilmore’s 13th book, “Devil in the Baptist Church: Bob Gray’s Unholy Trinity,” may well be his most important yet. No one has traced the historic roots of Southern fundamentalism as sympathetically and explored the power dynamics that allowed numerous leaders to abuse children for decades as thoroughly.
The event features a reading by the author and question and answer session.