Ralph Gordon Stair, known as “Brother Stair,” has operated a decades-long end times Christian ministry in South Carolina. He is famous for his radio shows, which plays around the country and the world.
Brother Stair was recently under investigation again following the revelation of a videotape in which he molested a two underage girls in his “church” and it was caught on camera:
South Carolina police say they are now investigating video evidence that accuses controversial radio evangelist Pastor Ralph Gordon Stair, also known as Brother R.G. Stair and “the prophet,” of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl and touching the breast of a 12-year-old girl in his church while the congregation watched.
Stair, 84, who leads the Overcomer Ministry community in Walterboro, pleaded guilty in 2004 of fondling two former female residents. Members of the community live, work and raise their children there. New members can only move there after they accept Stair as the “last day prophet,” take a vow of poverty and donate all their property and financial assets to the ministry.
In one of the controversial videos currently being investigated, Stair cups and pats the breast of a 12-year-old girl as members of his church watch.
“How old are you hon?” Stairs asks the girl in the video. When she tells him that she is just 12, he replies, “Twelve, getting right close to it now” to indicate that she is close to the age where she could start having sex. That age, according to a man narrating the video who says he is a former member of the church, is 13.
As the video continues, Stair tells the girl to come up to the front of the church after previously hugging her.
“Come here, I’ll show you, just look, look here,” he says.
He then makes the 12-year-old face the congregation then places his hand between her breasts.
“Growing up,” he says, before cupping and patting her right breast. He then sends her back to her seat and promises to stay on her case.
“I’m gonna touch those things till nobody else can touch ’em,” he says in the video about her breasts.
In another video, a 16-year-old girl named Natosha who claims she is being forced to attend his church, says she was sexually assaulted by Stair while working at his compound for five months.
“I’m here to talk about an incident with a man named R.G. Stair. For five months, I went to work at the community. The first month, he would find me in the dining hall and touch my butt a lot. The second month, he would come in and he would start lifting up my shirt and touching me sexually. And the third and fourth month, he would just repeat himself,” she explained.
It wasn’t until the fifth month she said, that Stair took his predatory behavior to another level.
“The fifth month, he asked me to go to the radio room and I didn’t want to go there. I did not,” she said.
“He wanted to give me something so I went. When we got inside he gave me what he wanted to give me and then he started fondling my breasts. And he kept asking me ‘Do you feel good, do you feel good.’ And I didn’t say anything because I didn’t know what to do. I just didn’t. And so I turned around to go out the door and he grabbed me from behind, wrapped his arms around me and he said, ‘I wish I could keep you in here longer.’ Then he started touching and rubbing my vagina inside my pants and after that, nothing really happened,” she said.
In another instance, Stair offers a rub down to an overweight young girl.
“She get fat see,” he says as the young girl walked up to him at the church. “You don’t get like your sister do you?” he asked her as she replies “no.”
“Why you big ol’ fat thing. Big mouth, smart aleck,” he responds. “Ahhh,” he continues with a sigh until he embraces her and pats her down with his hands extending down the small of her back.
“She getting’ fat. I know ’cause I feel it,” he tells the congregation as he continues patting her down.
“You gaining weight?” he soon asks. She shook her head and said “no.”
He laughs, cups her face with both hands and says: “We gon’ make it. We gon’ make it nice and slim. Slim and trim. I’ll give you a rub down.
“You shouldn’t mess with a woman’s breast. Why not? I love them,” he says while making sucking sounds and smacking his lips.
Lt. Tyger Benton of the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office told The Christian Post Friday that they were sent the videos about two weeks ago and are currently investigating.
“We were shown the videos. The sheriff is aware of them. He looked at them, got in contact with our investigations department, had them start looking into it and at this point, SLED, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, has been notified which is gonna be working alongside us with that,” he said. “Right now, it’s just an investigation phase. No charges have been brought up, no warrants and so forth.”
When asked if the police had contacted Stairs, he said: “I don’t feel we need to contact him at this point as we’re just looking into it. I’m sure that once … if we find something that we need to go forward with then yes, he would probably be contacted at that point.”
He further noted that he was not able to say if any of the girls or parents of any of the girls have come forward to make a charge against Stair.
Messages left for Stair at his ministry were not returned on Friday.
The former member narrating one of the videos, however, describes the church community as a “cult” that preys on young girls.
“Ralph Gordon Stairs’ MO is to prep young girls’ minds to accept what is eventually to become a sexual assault. He uses his influence, his position and spiritual power to control them. It’s only within the last six months that he’s beginning to do it publicly,” the former member said.
“It concerns me that while listening to his recent speeches, he has really began pushing that at the age of 13, a girl becomes a woman and can start being with boys and has to watch out for boys. He obviously has some young targets for him to be changing his narrative,” he continued.
“With the girls’ safety in mind, I believe the context of individual events are irrelevant. He has a history of assaulting young women, and has already pled guilty to similar crimes in the past. He’s a master manipulator and although he calls it a church, as a former member, let me assure you, it is a cult,” the ex-member ended. (source)
This is a good time to reflect on another fact, which is that while many people like to speak about the “sex abuse issue” in the Catholic Church, it is prevalent across all denominations and is significantly higher in every church that is not Catholic. Within this, one will further note that the majority of the abuse in the Catholic Church is related to homosexuality, and as such the crisis is more accurately called a “homosexual abuse crisis”. This was confirmed by the John Jay Study on the scandal, which found that approximately 80% of abuse was gay men assaulting teenage males.
It is well established that up to but no higher than 2% of Catholic clergy are involved in the sexual abuse of minprs with no higher than 4% involved in sexual misconduct in general, of which 80% of said misconduct involved homosexual activity. However, the numbers for Protestants, when released, tell a far more grim story, with a rate of at least 10% of abuse across all denominations. Jews are even worse, with possibly as high as 30% of rabbis being involved in sexual misconduct, mostly involving incest:
According to a 2000 report to the Baptist General Convention in Texas, “The incidence of sexual abuse by clergy has reached ‘horrific proportions.’” It noted that in studies done in the 1980s, 12 percent of ministers had “engaged in sexual intercourse with members” and nearly 40 percent had “acknowledged sexually inappropriate behavior.” The report concluded that “The disturbing aspect of all research is that the rate of incidence for clergy exceeds the client-professional rate for physicians and psychologists.”[xix] Regarding pornography and sexual addiction, a national survey disclosed that about 20 percent of all ministers are involved in the behavior.[xx]
In the spring of 2002, when the sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church was receiving unprecedented attention, the Christian Science Monitor reported on the results of national surveys by Christian Ministry Resources. The conclusion: “Despite headlines focusing on the priest pedophile problem in the Roman Catholic Church, most American churches being hit with child sexual-abuse allegations are Protestant, and most of the alleged abusers are not clergy or staff, but church volunteers.
Finally, in the authoritative work by Penn State professor Philip Jenkins, Pedophiles and Priests, it was determined that between .2 and 1.7 percent of priests are pedophiles. The figure among the Protestant clergy ranges between 2 and 3 percent.[xxii]
Rabbi Joel Meyers, executive vice president of the Conservative Rabbinical Assembly, reports that 30 percent of rabbis who changed positions in 2000 did so involuntarily, and that sexual abuse was a factor in many instances.[xxiv] The Awareness Center devotes an entire website to “Clergy Abuse: Rabbis, Cantors & Other Trusted Officials.” It is a detailed and frank look at the problem of sexual abuse by rabbis.[xxv]
The problem of sexual abuse in the Jehovah’s Witnesses is evident among church elders but most of the abuse comes from congregation members. “The victims who have stepped forward are mostly girls and young women,” writes Laurie Goodstein in the New York Times, “and many accusations involve incest.” There is a victims support group available, “silentlambs,” that has collected more than 5,000 Witnesses contending that the church mishandled child sexual abuse.[xxvi] (source)
What one is witnessing in the case of “Brother Stair,” while it is very unfortunate for the women involved, is actually a reflection of what takes place in many Churches and “ministries” who say they are doing good when the reality is their ministries are used as fronts for selfish and evil actions. We at Shoebat.com have been on the forefront of attempting to fight against these perverse priests, ministers, and other heretics in our ranks, for we have direct experience. It was the reason why we have kept ongoing Operation Whip, which is our promise that if you have information about a priest, bishop, or other member of the clergy who is engaged in sexual abuse, we ask you to come forward so we can confront the perpetrator and expose his deeds for the Church and world to see, for it is everybody’s responsibility to clean out the dirt in our own house when it is discovered.
We live in perilous times right now. Christianity is under attack worldwide as the world has rejected Christ once again and is about to plunge itself into a new and horrific World War, as we have been writing about. What is needed now more than ever is honestly, atonement, and a cleaning out of our since because as our sins have festered like a wound for so long, the infection caused by them is destroying the body.
One must forgive one’s enemies, but at the same time expose the evils so they may be stopped. For if we do not do our part in stopping that which we know is evil, we are directly complicit in the spread of it.