SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - In response to numerous social media posts showing the wife of one of its senior leaders taking part in Wednesday’s melee at the U.S Capitol building, Bayside Community Church, based in East Bradenton, posted a statement Friday night regarding the incident and their relation to the person in question. While the church did not mention the individual by name in their statement, they denounced the acts of lawlessness and said it goes against the church’s beliefs and values.
According to the statement, “We are heartbroken and saddened by the events that took place on January 6th in Washington D.C. As a church, we are praying for our nation, our government leaders, law enforcement officers, first responders, and all those who have been impacted by these events.
Anyone who attends Bayside Community Church and also attended the events in Washington, D.C. did so as a private individual, for their own purposes and not as a representative of Bayside Community Church.
We want to make it clear that Bayside Community Church does not support, agree with, or condone violence, lawlessness, riots, or terrorism of any kind. No pastor or staff member of Bayside Community Church attended or participated in any of the events which occurred in our Nation’s Capitol this past week.
As a church, we cannot control or dictate the attitudes or actions of our church attendees, including the spouses or family of our staff members. Any actions, statements, and videos reflect personal viewpoints of the individual and in no way represent the viewpoints and beliefs of our church.”
Here’s the post from Bayside on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/mybaysidechurch/posts/10157681649362681