Ohio-based Christian Aid Ministries has placed officials Paul Weaver and Eli Weaver on administrative leave in the wake of former employee Jeriah Mast’s confession that he molested boys while working for the organization in Haiti.
Paul Weaver is the assistant director at Christian Aid Ministries; Eli Weaver is a member of the organization’s executive committee.
According to a statement on its website, “Christian Aid Ministries is placing Paul Weaver and Eli Weaver on administrative leave pending a full investigation of their role in this matter.”
The board of directors stated that it was “not aware of any sexual conduct between Jeriah and minors until 2019. Paul Weaver and Eli Weaver are two men who have faithfully served the Lord and our ministry for many years in management roles. Unfortunately, they allowed Jeriah to continue to work in the field even after his confession in 2013 of sexual activity with young men that had taken place several years prior. Both men recognize that their failure to properly investigate and inquire into Jeriah’s conduct was a serious failure in judgment and should have severe consequences.
“The Board and leadership of (Christian Aid Ministries) understand the gravity of the situation and have mutually come to realize it would be difficult to work through this case with their involvement.”
The board acknowledged that it is cooperating with federal officials on the case and stated that he should return to Haiti “to answer for his confessed crimes.”
Mast also is alleged to have molested youths in Holmes County, Ohio. That investigation is being handled by the Holmes County Sheriff’s Department.
Richard Haun, chief deputy for Holmes County, said Mast met with local police and gave them the names of his victims. He said the local victims, who are Amish and Mennonite, are now adults.
The board also stated that it is “deeply committed to the long-term goal of ensuring the boys Jeriah molested will receive the help and support they need.”
The board added that it is seeking the counsel and support from those in Haiti and the larger Anabaptist community.
Christian Aid Ministries, based in Berlin, Ohio, has ties to a number of Amish and Mennonite groups. It has a large distribution center in Ephrata.