A Watford reverend embroiled in a safeguarding investigation officially announced his resignation today (July 11).
In March 2023, Reverend Mike Pilavachi, founder of Soul Survivor Watford, stepped away due to an investigation by the National Safeguarding Team (NST) and the St Albans Diocesan Safeguarding Team (SADST), before being suspended in May.
Rev Pilavachi posted on his Instagram: “I have taken this step because the Church needs to heal and I have realised that my continued presence will hinder that process.
“I seek forgiveness from any whom I have hurt during the course of my ministry. I have, on advice, made no comment on the allegations and will not make any further public comment as I do not believe it would be good for anyone if I took part in a trial by media or social media.
“I pray for God’s blessing on the Church it has been a privilege and joy to serve these past 30 years.”
David Mitchell, on behalf of the Soul Survivor Watford Trustees, said: “Today Mike informed the trustees of his decision to resign as associate pastor, which will take immediate effect.
“We have informed the NST of Mike’s resignation and they have assured us that the investigation will continue as planned until it reaches a conclusion.
“We remain committed to seeking a just, truthful and transparent outcome to the investigation for all those who have bravely stepped forward to share their concerns and experiences with the NST and the SADST.
“As trustees, we are committed to a robust and wide-ranging review of the culture, leadership and governance of Soul Survivor Watford with external, independent support. We know that this is an essential step in building a strong, healthy and supportive environment for anyone who attends or visits our church.”