Popular Ghanaian gospel musician and Reverend Minister, Josh Laryea, has denied reports that he was suspended from the International Central Gospel Church (ICGC) on accounts of sexual misconduct.
According to Josh Laryea, contrary to various media reports, he left the ICGC on his own.
In March last year, the Church Council of ICGC issued a letter to suspend Rev Laryea after it received a report against the pastor on some allegations of sexual misconduct and harassment.
The letter also added that “Rev. Josh Laryea was being withdrawn from the pulpit and thereby the Doxa Temple with immediate effect to allow the church committee carry out an investigations into the matter uninterrupted."
However, the gospel singer in an interview on Accra-based Starr FM revealed that he contemplated suicide when the news broke especially when everyone including mentors and friends had let him down.
“I may have gone mad, I may have been dead, at a point I thought of suicide,” he said.
Josh Laryea, who is now the head pastor of Kharis Centre International, sharing his experience said his decision to leave ICGC was motivated by his own desires and nothing to do with any scandals.
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“It was more like a transition, but definitely something brings it about, but it doesn’t mean that was the main reason. It has a lot to do with my orientation about the gospel," he stated.
When asked if there was bad blood between himself and ICGC, Rev Laryea responded ‘none at all’.
He further explained that the General Overseer, Pastor Otabil, had actually wanted him to stay but he left at his own will.
“I spoke to Doc. and I told him I had to leave. He was not in the affirmative, he wanted me to stay but I insisted that I think I want to leave," Josh Laryea said.
The singer who is currently promoting his new single titled ‘Never fails’ also rubbished claims by singer Mzbel that he drove her out of the ICGC Doxa Temple.
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