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Former Associate Pastor Had History of Community Involvement

Once very engrained in the youth community of Elmhurst, Darin Evans, 41, is now the subject of an ongoing police investigation after his letter of confession to West Suburban Church.

A former associate pastor at West Suburban Community Church, Darin Evans was an active and well-liked member of the Elmhurst community—making his recent admission of a physical relationship with an underage member of the congregation all the more shocking.

Evans' admission was announced Sunday by West Suburban Community Church Senior Pastor Jim Lennon.

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After 11 years as associate pastor at WSCC, 825 N. Van Auken, Evans, 41, resigned at the end of last year and moved with his wife and three teenage children from his home in Villa Park to Ohio, Lennon said. 

As associate pastor of West Suburban Church, one of Evans' responsibilities was to oversee the youth ministry, Lennon said. He primarily was involved with middle school and high school-aged children.

Outside of the church, Evans was a leader of Young Life—a Christian organization that works with high school kids, but it is not affiliated with a particular church or school. 

Once very engrained in the youth community of Elmhurst, Evans is now the subject of an ongoing police investigation.

An  recognized Evans as a 10-year York High School volunteer. 

In October 2011, he was appointed to serve on the Elmhurst Commission on Youth, which sponsors the annual Character Counts Service Awards for Youth and Adults.

The Commission on Youth was established in 1995 to promote the health and well-being of Elmhurst youth, lay the groundwork for the Elmhurst District 205 mentoring program and provide youth-oriented activities. 

When Evans moved to Ohio, he joined a ministry there that works with college-age students, Lennon said, adding he has since left that ministry.

After 11 years in the congregation, Evans was considered by many to be a beloved member of the church family—and of the Elmhurst community.

"We had nothing but good reports about him," Lennon said.

Given the public reading of Evans' letter and Evans' role as a public figure, Patch has identified him by name in this story. Evans has not been charged with a crime but has been interviewed by police and remains a subject of investigation.

Anyone with information about interactions with Darin Evans should contact Detective Paul Carney at (630) 530-3206.

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Ercie Berwick February 28, 2013 at 08:01 PM
The age of consent in Illinois is 17. For people 18 or over, it is illegal for them to commit acts of a sexual nature on persons who are under the age of 18 if they are in a position of authority or trust over the victim. This effectively raises the age of consent for older people in positions of authority or trust to 18 years old.
john appleton February 28, 2013 at 09:50 PM
I would humbly ask those in the Elmhurst faith community to pray for all concerned in this matter. First and foremost for the victim, and then for our church and for our former pastor and his family. It is a heartbreaking situation. Sin is like a cancer, it eats up everything in its path. And although there is forgiveness for any sin in Christ that does not mean that there are not consequences that can be quite dire. The police will do their job and despite the terrible nature of what has occured the matter has been handled with integrity and transparency by our church leaders. We are all crushed and hurting, disappointed, but looking to our Lord and savior to sustain us and carry us through. Please pray for all affected.
Wade Gustafson February 28, 2013 at 11:04 PM
But is she really a "victim" if she was 16? I'm not sure how your decision making skills were at 16, but the way I acted at 16 causes me to make the safe assumption that she was totally game and more of a consenting adult than a victim.
chillin February 28, 2013 at 11:05 PM
im confused by your comment. babbling? how am i babbleing? \
chillin February 28, 2013 at 11:11 PM
@GlassHalfFull Im pretty familiar with the situation. Closer to it than i care to talk about here to avoid anyone contacting me but your technically correct the head paster did not force the resignation, but when the paster approached evans about the informations he had just recived Evans immeadiatlly resigned. Sorry if i misspoke
DV February 28, 2013 at 11:20 PM
I really think If you dont personally know all the details of this case you shouldnt be commenting. Of course any man that engages in sexual activity with a minor is 100% wrong but as a teenager you still know right from wrong. We should not only be praying for her but for his innocent family as well. Two families and hundreds of other people have been affected by this, instead of throwing more accusations and speaking as if we know all the details we should all sit back and let the police figure out the details and pray for everyone affected.
DV February 28, 2013 at 11:21 PM
agreed.
GlassHalfFull February 28, 2013 at 11:25 PM
chillin, I believe still not accurate but we're splitting hairs here and I think on the same page in being tired of conjecture. Thanks for the response.
S. March 01, 2013 at 04:56 AM
I understand the significance of this in the community but honestly don't you all have anything better to do than sit online and comment over and over again on something that you have no control over? Yes, this matter is huge and should be addressed accordingly but it IS being addressed and as of now it is in the hands of the police. All anyone can do is pray for the families involved and let the investigation take it from here. Nothing good is going to come from everyone's comments. Especially since no one except for the people involved know the whole truth of the situation. I think y'all just need to calm down and step away from your computers.
jr March 01, 2013 at 05:55 AM
Agreed!
Wade Gustafson March 01, 2013 at 07:06 AM
The significance? I'd like to show you the significance out back of Doc's or Riley's Mister "S." The significance is that there was a horn-dog in OUR community disguised by a clerical collar...Father Evans not only couldn't keep it in his pants, he had to abuse a 16 year old while failing to do so. Put that in your pipe and smoke it, "S."
Ercie Berwick March 01, 2013 at 07:23 AM
Excuse me, Mr. Gustafson? "Clerical collar???" "Father Evans???" Are you sure you haven't confused the individual in question with a Roman Catholic priest?
Cronan March 01, 2013 at 03:09 PM
Clerical collar, shock collar, dog collar....who gives a flying fudge! The PREDATOR was an associate pastor of a Church, his responsibilities included overseeing the youth ministry. He was involved with middle school and high school-aged children! He was also the leader of Young Life - a Christian organization that works with high school kids! Go back to reading fiction...
Ercie Berwick March 01, 2013 at 04:51 PM
Please don't misunderstand me. What was done was a dastardly deed, there is no getting away from the seriousness of the situation. However, I also think that words are very important, and if Mr. Gustafson is going to go off hither and yon with words that have no meaning at this particular time, then he is a perfect candidate for applying to FOX News as one of their talking heads. Kapeesh?
Cronan March 01, 2013 at 04:55 PM
Hither and Yon? No I do not understand, you cra-cra!
Ercie Berwick March 01, 2013 at 05:05 PM
That's okay, Cronan, don't fret. Some of us have a good vocabulary, others barely get by.
Wade Gustafson March 01, 2013 at 05:30 PM
Come on now Ercie, hither and yon is hardly a relevant term these days, maybe in Shakespeare's time... I have to say your attempt at an insult made me chuckle. All those commas, and big words like "good" and "fret" really show the tenuous grasp you seem to have on the English language...
Cronan March 01, 2013 at 05:50 PM
Oh gurl! Imma frettin' aight....ya dig? WINK WINK
Ercie Berwick March 01, 2013 at 05:55 PM
"Good" is too big a word for you, Wade? I'm sorry about that; I'll watch it in the future. Thanks for the heads up! ROFLOL!!!
Wade Gustafson March 01, 2013 at 06:20 PM
That was sarcasm.
Ercie Berwick March 01, 2013 at 06:57 PM
"I see," said the blind man.
Anon March 04, 2013 at 01:05 AM
To those who are still reading this article and the comments stated here I would like to throw my opinion into the ring. The article has not stated what the victim's age is at the current age but since you all keep throwing the age of 16 into the mix here is what I have to say: if the child is 16 years old she is considered a minor in the state of Illinois. In addition, according to the confession of Mr. Evans, the relationship went on for years. Mr. Evans moved away almost a year ago, to Ohio. So, you do the math, statutory rape justifiers, bet she was 13 when it first started. If that is the case, was she asking for it then? I am disgusted that you have justified your opinions based off what you think you know of a sexual predator. This man says in his statement that there were no other victims, but I personally don't believe liars. This man lied to his wife, his children, his congregation, his God, the community, Younglife... By not telling someone that he had a relationship with an underaged child FOR YEARS, he became a liar. The people here who are defending him based off of what you know about him, he lied to you too. This man has a mental illness, and he needs help and should be arrested for his pilfering of innocence. Slut shaming is totally unacceptable.
Ann Kerbs March 04, 2013 at 02:04 AM
Wade - your victim bashing is very sad. A 41 year old man in a position of authority over a 16 year old and you're ready to say this is partly her fault? That is wrong on so many levels. I strongly urge you to rethink your position on this. Try to recall what it is like to be a teenager and the bad decisions you can make because you're simply not mature enough. Then imagine if a trusted authority figure took advantage of your innocence. You can't tell me that a 41 year old man can't discourage the attentions of an underage girl. Stop trying to place blame on the victim.
Ercie Berwick March 04, 2013 at 03:23 AM
Anon, where did you obtain your MISinformation? How can you have posted so much and said so little? Mr. Evans moved to Ohio just two months ago, not "amost a year ago." Based on that enormous error alone, can you blame a reader for taking the rest of your post with a grain of salt?
Ann Kerbs March 04, 2013 at 04:07 AM
What difference does it make if he left 1 day ago or 1 year ago? The man admitted to the relationship with an underage girl. A relationship that apparently went on for a couple of years. Anon has made many valid points, the most important of which is that the victim bashing needs to stop.
Ercie Berwick March 04, 2013 at 04:19 AM
There is a world of difference between a year ago and two months ago. Facts are very important; if one just tosses out inaccurate information, then one cannot blame a reader for not looking upon the posts of that person as being reliable. The word "bashing" has become a very trite word as of late. It seems that so-and-so is bashing so-and-so, or so-and-so is bashing so-and-so. It is not only a trite word, it has become meaningless. When a poster posts an opinion that another poster doesn't agree with, then the latter poster automatically calls it "bashing." After a while this kind of thing becomes tiresome. I am not going to repeat what I have already posted pertaining to this situation. I believe I have made myself abundantly clear. If you still do not comprehend what i am saying, then I am sorry that I am unable to help you any further.
Cronan March 04, 2013 at 03:27 PM
Ercie, how can you have posted so much and said so little? I am literally ROFLMAO at your final statement to Ann Kerbs as if she had solicited help from you....Please, for the love of all that may possibly be holy....get over yourself. OY VEY
Ercie Berwick March 04, 2013 at 10:13 PM
Hi Cronan: I meant what I said, and I said what I meant. I am correct one hundred percent. I'm done here. I will leave the rest of the space to you for your informative and edifying comments. Carry on. ROFLOL!!!!!!!!!!
frank66 March 19, 2013 at 07:44 PM
He turned himself into the police voluntarily yesterday, coming from Ohio to dupage county. When the lead pastor and investigators confronted him last month, he immediately admitted to it. She was 16 when this started in 2004, which makes him 33 when it started. a http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/suburbs/elmhurst/chi-elmhurst-youth-minister-accused-of-sex-with-teen-20130319,0,3692802.story
frank66 March 19, 2013 at 07:46 PM
http://elmhurst.patch.com/articles/former-associate-pastor-of-west-suburban-community-church-arrested-for-sexual-assault

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