Rick Warren, founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., has confirmed a visit to disgraced former Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. in his North Carolina prison on Friday, describing the visit in a public statement as a “private moment.”
“This is a private moment and we just want to love on him and pray with him,” Warren said in a statement, according to the Chicago-Sun Times Voices blog.
An Atlanta attorney named C.K. Hoffler was reportedly facilitating Jackson’s visits, and has said that Warren and Miller found the former Congressman in “good spirits all things considered.”
“He continues to regret all of the pain, shame and embarrassment that he has caused his family, his constituents and his friends but has begun the process of repaying his debt to society,” the Voices blog reported Hoffler as saying.
According to WLS-TV in Chicago, Pastor Warren added, “We believe in leaders and second chances.”
It was not known if Jackson and his representatives requested a visit from Pastor Warren, or whether the California megachurch pastor took it upon himself to make a trip to the federal correctional facility in North Carolina.Rick has had a difficult year. This year his son died. Matthew Warren, the mega-pastor’s son died on April 5. Rick and Kay Warren have been speaking out about his troubled life, how the tragedy changed their faith and their new mission to draw attention to mental illness. It is plain to see that he is using the corporal works of mercy.
Our sister site NewsOne is reporting that if all goes well during his 2.5-year federal prison sentence, former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. could be looking at a December 31, 2015 release date.