WBC Media Statement

Earlier this year, as is required by North Carolina law, church leadership shared

with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office certain information regarding alleged

sexual abuses of minors that allegedly transpired years ago by a member of our

Church. Church leadership shared this information with the Sheriff’s Office as soon

as Church leadership was made aware of the allegations.

On Tuesday, April 19, 2022, and Tuesday August 2, 20022, Alan McCabe Croom was

arrested by the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office. He has been charged with

criminal sexual offenses involving minors, minors who previously attended our


For the privacy of the minors and those involved, the minors will not be identified.

This news is certainly distressing. While we would like to be able to provide more

information or answer questions, we cannot do so due to the ongoing investigation

and pending criminal charges.

However, we can share with you that Alan Croom has been prohibited from being

present on our church property or attending any church event. We continue to fully

cooperate with local authorities as they conduct criminal investigations.

Our hearts continue to remain very heavy with this news, especially for those who

may have been personally impacted. However, through the darkest moments, we can

pray like the Psalmist, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in times

of trouble” (Psalm 46:1).

We know that God promises to work all things for good to those who are called

according to his purposes. We are standing on the promises of God, our future

remains strong and is as bright as His promises.

We also continue to remain in prayer for all involved, especially for those who may

have been personally impacted.

Wrightsboro Baptist Church