Gov. Bentley, Rebekah Mason no longer members of Tuscaloosa church

Published: Mar. 29, 2016 at 3:52 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 5, 2016 at 3:52 PM CDT
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TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - Governor Robert Bentley and Rebekah Mason, his top aide he's accused of having an affair with, are no longer members of First Baptist Church Tuscaloosa, according to the church's senior pastor.

Dr. Gil McKee, Senior Pastor of FBC Tuscaloosa, gave the following statement on Tuesday:

While church discipline is a church family matter I can tell you that both Governor Robert Bentley and Mrs. Rebekah Mason are no longer members of First Baptist Church Tuscaloosa; and have not been for some time.  I continue to pray for each of them.

Bentley previously served as a deacon and taught Sunday School at the church.

Both Bentley and Mason have denied having a physical affair with each other. Last week, the governor admitted to making inappropriate comments in 2014 and apologized to his family and the state of Alabama for making a mistake.

Mason's husband Jon said in a statement on his personal Facebook page that he "long ago resolved the personal issue playing out now for everyone this week," and asked people to continue to support "families, the governor, and our state with prayers as we all move forward."

Several audio recordings of conversations allegedly between Bentley and Mason have been released in the past week.

Alabama's fired top cop, Spencer Collier, shared what he said he knows about the alleged affair between Bentley and Mason in a news conference last week.

He said he heard audio tapes and saw text messages that provided evidence that Bentley was inappropriately involved with Mason.

The allegations of the affair and possible misuse of state property prompted State Auditor Jim Zeigler to file an ethics complaint against Bentley and Mason on Friday.

Bentley says he has no plans to step down from office.

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