Information Regarding Sammy Nuckolls
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NOVEMBER 2011 STATEMENT:
Traveling speaker and evangelist Sam Allen “Sammy” Nuckolls, who has served in the past as a contract speaker at FUGE camps has been charged with alleged video voyeurism. Because of the these accusations, LifeWay will not be using Nuckolls for any future speaking commitments. All of us on the FUGE team are in a state of prayer for all parties involved.
What is LifeWay’s relationship with Sammy Nuckolls?
Sam Allen “Sammy” Nuckolls was originally hired as a summer staffer to serve in the role of camp pastor for FUGE camps in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006. In 2007 his role changed to a contract pastor only, serving several weeks throughout the summer. He served in this capacity through the summer of 2011. In this role, Nuckolls preached at general assemblies and large gatherings. Because of current legal accusations, LifeWay will not be using Nuckolls, and he has been relieved of all current speaking commitments.
Is there any evidence showing that Nuckolls engaged in video voyeurism at a FUGE camp?
No. At this point in police investigations, authorities report there is no evidence of any victims being filmed at any FUGE-related events.
In addition police authorities report there is no evidence that any minors were filmed.
Why did LifeWay remove Web pages featuring Nuckolls?
In light of the legal allegations and evidence of moral failure, the desire of FUGE camps is to clearly communicate the immediate termination of Nuckolls and LifeWay’s zero tolerance acceptance.
What is LifeWay’s procedure for ensuring the integrity of speakers/platform personalities?
LifeWay conducts both reference checks and criminal background checks for those speaking and appearing at FUGE. LifeWay also contacts speaker’s pastors to confirm their character.
Does LifeWay conduct background checks on FUGE contract workers?
Yes. LifeWay conducts in-depth background checks on all contract speakers and employees.
What should I do if I think I may be a victim?
Mark Kimball, assistant chief of police of the Olive Branch, Mississippi, Police Department has requested those who may be victims to contact him at (662) 892-9400.