A Texas grand jury on Friday indicted Geronimo Aguilar, the founder and former pastor of Virginia's Richmond Outreach Center (ROC) megachurch, on two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child under 14. The indictment reveals a graphic account of sexual abuse.
The first-degree felony carries a maximum punishment of life in prison, CBS 6 reported.
The jury also indicted Aguilar, who is married and the father of five children, on two counts of indecency with a child. The second-degree felony is punishable by up to 20 years in prison. more >>
"Preachers of L.A.," the controversial new docu-series airing on the Oxygen network, revolves around the ministries and personal lives of six influential Christian pastors in Southern California. Get a glimpse of the reality show with these 10 behind the scenes photos.
"Preachers of L.A.," airing Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET, follows Pastor Wayne Chaney, senior pastor of Antioch Church of Long Beach; Bishop Ron Gibson, pastor of Life Church Of God In Christ in Riverside; Deitrick Haddon, minister and contemporary gospel artist; Jay Haizlip, senior pastor of The Sanctuary in Orange County; Bishop Noel Jones, senior pastor of the City of Refuge Church in Gardena; and Bishop Clarence McClendon, senior pastor of Full Harvest International Church in Los Angeles.
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A South Carolina megachurch will need to adjust its plans to build a 67,000-square-foot, 1,400-seat facility in Greenville after city officials denied the church's request for an exception to parking lot requirements, and while Clemson University argues against the church's use of the site.
"We are disappointed with the outcome of this vote but our team will take a further look at this and consider our options," Suzanne Swift, NewSpring Church communications director, told CP in an emailed statement. The church says it accepts the board's decision.
"We are dedicated to having a permanent campus in Greenville and we are looking forward to being great neighbors when we find the right location," Swift added. "Good parking capacity and access are critical to serve our members and guests well so we will continue to look for a situation that does that." more >>
"Preachers of LA," the new docu-series focusing on the ministry work and lives of six popular Southern California preachers, premieres Wednesday, Oct. 9 on the Oxygen network. Learn about Bishop Noel Jones, Deitrick Haddon, and the other Christian ministers involved in the provocative new show.
The highly-anticipated reality program features, in addition to Jones and Haddon, Bishop Clarence McClendon, Pastor Jay Haizlip, Pastor Wayne Chaney and Bishop Ron Gibson.
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Pastor Rick Warren and his wife, Kay, said in their first interview with the media since their son's suicide more than five months ago that they knew all along that the day would come when they would become spokespeople for mental illness.
The Warrens told CNN's Piers Morgan during a taped broadcast of his show that aired Tuesday evening that they kept their son's lifelong struggles with mental disease out of the public eye for the sake of his dignity.
In response to Morgan's question about whether he should have done more as "Rick Warren, America's pastor" about the issue of mental health before their son, Matthew, took his life, Warren replied, "We've always known since Matthew has lived his entire life with mental illness that one day we would be spokespeople for mental illness. Kay and I have known this for years and years. more >>
"I'm in Love With a Church Girl" will not be in theaters until next month, but more than two dozen churches and other venues across the U.S. will give viewers a chance to preview the film starring rapper Jeffrey "Ja Rule" Atkins, Adrienne Bailon, TobyMac, Martin Cove, Michael Madsen, T-Bone, Stephen Baldwin, and Vincent Pastore.
The movie promo tour kicked off this month at Bishop T.D. Jakes' MegaFest in Dallas, Texas, and concludes Oct. 16, in Los Angeles, just two days before the theatrical release of "I'm in Love With a Church Girl."
In addition to watching exclusive clips from the film, attendees will be treated to free performances by Israel Houghton and the New Breed and T-Bone, and hear from cast members Ja Rule, Bailon and Baldwin. more >>