Apostle Ron Wilson, founder and lead pastor of the Full Gospel Christian Assemblies International church in Hazel Crest, Ill., says his church has been "devastated" by the news that one of their pastors died after he shot himself in the head while grieving over his wife, who died suddenly last December.
"Devastated. Devastated. Devastated," said Wilson when asked to explain how his approximately 2,000-member church had been coping in the aftermath of Pastor Ed Montgomery's death. Montgomery had served at Full Gospel Christian Assemblies International church, along with his wife when she was alive, as marriage counselors among other ministries, according to the church's website.
Official records of the incident acquired by The Christian Post from the Matteson Police Department under a Freedom of Information Act request on Friday, confirmed details of the heartbreaking circumstances under which Pastor Montgomery shockingly shot himself in the presence of his son in the family home as police and paramedics waited outside. more >>
A Georgia woman who claimed to be selling children's Bibles door-to-door was actually the front for a group of home invaders.
According to police, after the woman successfully convinced a Forsyth County resident to open the front door, she and several men forced their way into the house on Tuesday afternoon.
Evangelical churches throughout Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, partnered with local authorities recently to exchange gang members' illegal weapons for Bibles in an attempt to reduce the country's crime rate.
Over 1,300 guns, knives and machetes were recovered during the month-long initiative that prompted church leaders to go into the city's most corrupt and violent neighborhoods while they took the opportunity to evangelize to gangsters and other criminals.
"We congratulate all the young people, and everyone who turned in their weapons, that was an act of goodwill," said Braulio Porte, a Santo Domingo pastor, according to AcontecerCristiano.com. "When they say they won't continue with that knife, and prefer a Bible instead, that is transformation and a blessing for our country." more >>
A Georgia pastor accused of molesting four girls while driving them to church was released from the Houston County jail Friday morning on a $25,000 bond.
Wiley Leverett, who pastors Solid Rock Community Church in Centerville, Ga., was arrested on Monday and faces charges for allegedly committing "three counts of child molestation, four counts of sexual battery and one count of aggravated sexual battery," according to WMAZ.
Prosecutors have accused Leverett of molesting four girls, ages 8, 12, 14 and 15, over the past two years by touching their thighs and genitals. more >>
The babysitter for three-year-old Autumn Elgersma has been charged with murder after admittedly throwing the toddler to the ground in a fit of rage. Rochelle Sapp, 33, has been charged with first-degree murder and child endangerment after the toddler died from head injuries.
On October 29, Sapp reportedly called Autumn's mother, Jennifer Elgersma, and told her that the child had fallen down the stairs. Jennifer took her to the hospital, where she was diagnosed with a head injury; later, she was airlifted to another hospital after being diagnosed with a fractured skull and brain trauma. The toddler died two days later.
Sapp confessed to authorities and told them that she had thrown Autumn to the ground when she refused to take off her coat. The in-home caregiver was initially charged with Willful Injury and Child Endangerment, but after Autumn died, her charges were amended. more >>
A slick-talking fraud posing as a faith healer allegedly convinced two South Florida women that they were possessed by evil spirits, and their money was cursed with a spirit of poverty and only he could cleanse them and their money of the evil.
The only thing trickster Joe Alvarez cleansed from his gullible and vulnerable victims, according Hallandale Beach police in an NBC 6 report, was a collective $130,000.
"His ability to get into them and know that they are into spirituality and to use that as an access into their personal life is impressive," Hallandale Beach Police Det. Edward McGovern noted in the report. more >>