WATCH: Wife of Convicted Rapist, Bishop Terry Hornbuckle, Speaks Out for the First Time Regarding that Horrible Situation and the Domestic Abuse that She Suffered

After her husband's rape conviction, Renee Hornbuckle changed the name of their Arlington church and became a pastor. (Photo: WFAA)
After her husband’s rape conviction, Renee Hornbuckle changed the name of their Arlington church and became a pastor.
(Photo: WFAA)

“When something like this hits you, you’re like there’s no way possible,” Hornbuckle said of the moment her husband made a horrific confession. “There’s no way this is happening.”

He was the charismatic preacher; she was the supportive wife.

Together, Terry and Renee Hornbuckle built a successful mega church in Arlington with more than 2,000 members. They owned a beautiful home and drove luxury cars. But, in January 2005, it all began to fall apart.

“When something like this hits you, you’re like there’s no way possible,” Hornbuckle said of the moment her husband made a horrific confession. “There’s no way this is happening.”

The bishop told his wife that he was in trouble.

“It was there in that hotel room that everything was exposed, but he was still in denial,” she said. “He accepted no responsibility.”

Three women, two of them members of his church, Agape Christian Fellowship, accused him of rape. He brought them to an apartment in Euless, drugged them with GHB and then sexually assaulted them.

“It was devastating just to know that someone has been violated in that way,” she said. “It’s just horrible.”

There had been rumors for years at the church that Hornbuckle was sleeping with female members of his congregation, and many speculated his wife knew.

“People have already said, ‘Oh, what was she thinking? She had to have known what was going on,'” she said. “And let’s be honest, sometimes people said, ‘She’s stupid for staying.'”

Hornbuckle insists she didn’t know because she was isolated.

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Rebecca A. Lopez