Stephen Bratton Biography
Stephen Bratton is a former Southern Baptist pastor who was arrested Sunday, June 16th on charges of child sex abuse. He was a vocal proponent of a Texas bill that would have made abortion illegal and charged women with homicide if they had the procedure done, an offense that is punishable by the death penalty under Texas law.
Stephen Bratton, a Texas pastor who wanted to charge women with murder for having an abortion, has been arrested for molesting a teenage relative over the span of several years, often multiple times in the same day. https://t.co/gClEvlxfjx
— The Daily Edge (@TheDailyEdge) June 16, 2019
He testified in support of the bill in April and told lawmakers at the hearing “Whoever authorizes or commits murder is guilty,” he continued, “They’re guilty already in a court that is far more weighty than what is here in Texas.” While Bratton was claiming to be a pious defender of life,
Stephen Bratton Age
He is 43 years old.
Stephen Bratton Education
Stephen Bratton went to school for religious studies, receiving a degree in religious studies from Dallas Baptist University and a “Master of Biblical Studies, Theology” from the Reformed Theological Ministry.
Grace Family Baptist Church pastor, Stephen Bratton, 43, charged with continuous sexual abuse of a child from 2013 to 2015 with inappropriate touching and “sexual intercourse multiple times a day or several times a week,” #FirstThemhttps://t.co/s43KvT8XDu pic.twitter.com/EnOng2e46N
— #FirstThem?? (@FirstThemNEWS) June 16, 2019
Stephen Bratton Confessed His Crimes to His Wife and Church
On May 15, Bratton confessed his crimes to his wife who then called the other pastors at the Grace Family Baptist Church for an emergency meeting. Bratton then confessed to his colleagues as well and was quoted saying he had “sinned in grievous ways.” His fellow pastors and wife immediately reported his confession to the police and Bratton was ready to turn himself in the same day. However, it takes time to put together a criminal case so he wasn’t immediately arrested or charged.
According to the Houston Chronicle, Bratton’s co-pastors, Aaron Wright and Erin Frye, “met with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office at their church on Bammel Westfield Road that same day, while Shiflet said he referred the complaint to the Department of Family Protective Services.”
Police finally arrested him on June 16 where he was charged and processed then later released on a $50,000 bond.
“This person’s life is in such a contradiction to the faith that we see no evidence that they are a Christian,” said Aaron Wright following Bratton’s arrest.
He Was Excommunicated from His Church
Following his confession, his church moved swiftly to excommunicate him from the congregation and scrub any trace of his name from their website. A spokesperson for the church confirmed that he had been excommunicated and said that Bratton is no longer allowed to perform ministry in the Church’s name.
Reported to civil authorities immediately: “Stephen Bratton was also excommunicated by the church the following Sunday, May 19th. Therefore he is no longer a member of the church.
— Julie Anne (@DefendTheSheep) June 17, 2019
During Sunday service on May 19, parishioners were made aware of Bratton’s crimes. The church also told their Montgomery County flock as Stephen had contact with several members of that parish as well.
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He has Seven Children
Stephen Bratton and his wife have 7 children together. There are a few archived photos from his now-deleted Instagram account that shows him celebrating his daughter Alyssa’s birthday. He also posted a photo of daughter Alex and son Ethan on their first day of TeenPact, a Christian educational ministry that offers teen-oriented programs on leadership, citizenship, and government.
He’s Deleted All of His Social Media Accounts
In addition to the church removing him from their website, Stephen has deleted all of his social media accounts. His Instagram and Twitter accounts are gone, and a search for him on Facebook yields 0 results.
It’s not clear if Bratton himself deleted the accounts but he has completely removed his presence from social media. Grace Family Baptist Church also deleted their Instagramand Twitter accounts following the controversy.
According to his LinkedIn profile, Stephen Bratton is a professional musician in addition to being a pastor. He went to Wayland Baptist University where he majored in Music and went on to be an Assistant Manager at Guitar Center from 2003 to 2004. He was also the “Minister of Music” at the Old River Baptist Church in Dayton, Texas from 2004 – 2007.
Fast Facts You Need to Know
- Stephen Bratton, a former pastor at the Grace Family Baptist Church in Cypress Station, was charged with child sexual abuse on Friday
- The father-of-seven is alleged to have molested a teenage relative over the span of several years, often multiple times in the same day
- Bratton reportedly confessed his crimes to his co-pastors, who promptly alerted police
- He has since been excommunicated from the church and is no longer receiving a salary
- Bratton was an outspoken supporter of a bill proposed earlier this year which sought to criminalize abortion