Emmanuel Fellowship settles over Furey incident

Christopher Furey

Christopher Furey

COTTONWOOD -- The Emmanuel Fellowship has made a financial settlement to the victims of former Youth Pastor Chris Furey.

Christopher Furey was sentenced last May to 10 years in prison for the sexual conduct with a minor-aged parishioner.

The young girl's mother, Sheila Van Dyke, said her daughter had recounted details of the affair in a diary and she left it for her to find. The mother took the diary to police.

Before she read the diary, Sheila said she had gone to the church leadership and questioned the amount of involvement and text messaging between Chris and her daughter

She believes her family was alienated after the incident and eventually joined a congregation in Prescott Valley, where her daughter is undergoing an internship. She is now 18.

The settlement, which Sheila Van Dyke said was for $300,000, was reached out of court with a mediator.

Emmanuel Fellowship Senior Pastor Frank Navarez said, "Our prayers are for they're family and our heart goes out to them. But the matter is over. It was truly an unfortunate incident."

He referred further questions to the church lawyer, but those calls were not returned.

-- Jon Hutchinson

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