A former Southern Baptist youth pastor and speaker in Arkansas faces multiple charges related to sexual misconduct with children, a probable cause affidavit shows. Authorities say the former youth pastor could have more than 30 victims.
Records show Keenan Hord, 31, is being held on a $500,000 bond in the Benton County Jail. He’s now facing charges of second-degree sexual assault, possessing matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child, and sexual indecency with a minor, KNWA in Northwest Arkansas reported.
Until recently, Hord was the student pastor for First Baptist Church Bentonville, a Southern Baptist church where popular CCM artist Clay Cross serves as worship pastor, an archived church webpage shows.
Hord also had worked for several years at Bellevue Baptist Church, a prominent Southern Baptist church near Memphis, Tennessee, where Steve Gaines is pastor. Facebook posts also show Hord was a speaker at youth events for numerous churches around the country,…