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Evangelist who admitted affair spoke at Moulton revival

From staff, AP reports

A well-known evangelist, who preached a revival last week at Moulton Baptist Church, has been suspended from his evangelistic ministry after admitting he had an extramarital affair.

Evangelist Rick Ousley, 55, spoke at Moulton's four-day revival that started March 11.

Ousley admitted in a written statement Thursday that he had an affair in the fall of 2005.

"I committed a moral and spiritual indiscretion with a woman not my wife," he said. "That woman has decided to make this public."

Moulton Baptist Church pastor Darryl Wood said Friday that Ousley spoke at the revival.

"I will comment to the church on Sunday night," Wood said. "And I won't say anything until I talk to my congregation. I feel like my first responsibility is to them."

Wood said he "doesn't recall" whether Ousley spoke on adultery in his sermons.

The board of directors of Quixotic Ministries, which Ousley founded after retiring from The Church at Brook Hills, canceled his speaking engagements and shut down his Web site.

He also resigned as chaplain of Samford University's football team.

The Birmingham News reported Friday that Donna Jones, 43, of Katy, Texas, said she began a sexual relationship with Ousley when she was 18 after he and his first wife divorced and that it continued after he married his current wife.

She said she met him twice in recent years on his trips with Samford's football team and that her last trysts with Ousley were Dec. 10-17 when he preached two consecutive Sundays at Champion Forest Baptist Church in Houston, the News reported.

David Wilson, president of Quixotic's board of directors, said Ousley and his wife have been married more than 20 years and she remains supportive of him. The board's suspension of Ousley will be reevaluated later, his attorney, Gordon Pate, said.

"The board said let's cancel any outside speaking for the next three months and we'll reevaluate it at that time," Pate said. "It's something that the board and Rick agreed needed to be done."

Pate said Ousley voluntarily resigned as chaplain of the football team at Samford.

Ousley, a widely known evangelist who has given the invocation at NASCAR races, built The Church at Brook Hills from 30 members to some 4,000. He retired in 2005 amid health problems, including two brain surgeries, one an emergency operation for an aneurysm.

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AP contributed to this report.

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