A 34 year old Surrey based pastor and his wife have pled not guilty to numerous sexual assault charges.

The couple spent some time in the Cowichan Valley where the pastor, Samual Emerson was a board member of the Cowichan River Bible Camp.

Those ties have been cut.

One of the sexual assaults, according to court documents, occurred in or near Cowichan Bay between July and August of 2014.

Samuel Emerson is facing 13 counts of sexual assault, 11 counts of being in a position of authority and touching a person for a sexual purpose, and one count of sexual touching of a person under the age of 16.

His wife, 37 year old Madelaine Emerson has been charged with one count of sexual assault, one count of being in a position of authority and touching a person for a sexual purpose, and one count of threats to cause death or bodily harm.

The bulk of the alleged assaults happened between 2015 and 2017.

A trial date has not yet been set.