Statement from the Board of Directors of the Richmond Outreach Center
May 23, 2013
Dear ROC Family and Friends,
It is with heavy hearts that we inform you that Pastor Geronimo has decided to temporarily step down as President of the Board and as Pastor of the Richmond Outreach Center to devote his time and energy to certain legal matters in Texas. While we believe the accusations against him to be completely untrue and unfounded, we have accepted his request for a temporary leave of absence. Considering the severity of the charges, he feels and we sympathize that his family and these legal matters deserve his full attention.
We, the Board of Directors, have voted to make this a paid leave of absence, considering the incredible contributions that Pastor Geronimo has made to The ROC as a founding member. Furthermore, we feel that it is not in the purview of the Board to act as either Judge or jury.
During this time, we have appointed the Executive Team to make decisions concerning the day-to-day operations of the Richmond Outreach Center. Also, we are actively pursuing an outside, interim pastor to serve on the Board of Directors, to assist with preaching duties, and to lend spiritual guidance.
We recognize that the hurting and impoverished in our region continue to need our help, and more than ever, we are dedicated to providing positive, out-of-school programming and mentoring for children and teens, substance abuse help for addicts, spiritual guidance, and emergency services for those going through a hard time.
The Board of Directors will meet weekly, as needed, to closely monitor The ROC's operations, and an interim President has been appointed in absentia. We look forward to Pastor Geronimo's return, and we ask that you continue to keep him and his family in your prayers.
Board of Directors of the Richmond Outreach Center