Britain had its own sex scandal in the early 1990s when the Rev Chris Brain began his Nine O’clock Service, a mixture of Christianity and disco, at St Thomas’s Church, Sheffield.
Attracting hundreds of young women, he eventually moved to a conference centre. However, he had an inner circle of ladies who seemed to pander to his needs. In August 1995, some of them spoke out about Brain’s sexual molestations.
Although he never had intercourse with them, he was disgraced and the Nine O’clock Service, including his ‘Home Base’ team, was disbanded.
(c) Anthony North, Mar 2007