Embattled Pastor Kong Hee of the Singapore megachurch City Harvest, who is facing court charges of misusing millions in church funds, ministered at the Oasis Church in Los Angeles, calling it one of the "greatest" and "most responsive" churches in the city.
"What a privilege to minster at OCC's newly renovated 100-year-old Cathedral that it has recently purchased," Hee wrote on his Twitter account on Thursday, sharing numerous photos of the church, which is led by pastors Philip and Holly Wagner.
A Christian pastor imprisoned for his faith, who had been missing for nearly three weeks and feared to have been executed without notice by Iranian authorities, has been returned to prison in Ghezal Hezar Prison in Karaj, Iran.
Present Truth Ministries, which has been campaigning for Pastor Behnam Irani's release, said on Wednesday that the pastor has been able to get back in touch with his family.
"He was unable to say where he had been taken or what they did to him," the group reported. more >>
The pastor of a Southern Baptist church in California that broke with the denomination's stance on homosexuality by deciding to accept the LGBT community without judgment and announcing that he no longer regarded it as a sin has been invited to the White House with his son.
Danny Cortez, who leads New Heart Community Church in La Mirada, California, and his 15-year-old son Drew, who came out as a gay earlier this year, received an invitation to a reception with President Barack Obama at the White House on June 30, a fundraising page for the family's trip expenses stated.
The Christian Post called New Heart Community Church to learn more of the details of the family's trip, but its office is closed on Wednesdays. more >>
A United Methodist Church pastor defrocked for officiating his son's same-sex marriage had his clergy credentials reinstated by a church court on appeal.
Frank Schaefer, a Pennsylvania pastor defrocked last December, was reinstated Tuesday courtesy a decision from the Northeastern Jurisdictional Committee on Appeals.
In a statement following the decision, Schaefer called the appeals committee's decision "a hopeful sign for our LGBTQ community." more >>
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is inviting pastors from early Republican primary states to join him on a 10-day tour through Europe to explore the places where former political and historical leaders thrived.
Huckabee's tour, "Reagan, Thatcher, Pope John Paul II Tour: God Raising Extraordinary Leaders for Extraordinary Times," is strictly by invitation only for evangelical church leaders in New Hampshire, Nevada, South Carolina and Iowa, who will have the opportunity to delve into the history of politics, religion and power during the trip.
"Three remarkable leaders, Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, Pope John Paul were the human instruments God used to change the course of all world history," said Huckabee in a video invitation sent to the pastors. "None of them were qualified according to the press and political pundits or professional critics but rooted in their unshakable beliefs, they rose to become prophetic voices for freedom and opportunity." more >>
A community in Michigan is mourning the death of its beloved pastor after his car veered off the road, which was later found by police submerged in a lake.
Police with Montcalm County, Michigan say that Kurt Hoffman, the lead pastor at Trinity Evangelical Free Church in Stanton for the past four years, passed away over the weekend after he missed a turn while driving and accidentally drove into a lake. The 53-year-old pastor had been driving down South Brown Road when he missed a curve, hit a fallen tree and sped into Lampman Lake. He was discovered by authorities after a passerby noticed a vehicle submerged in about six feet of water in the lake. The pastor was still sitting in the driver's seat with his seatbelt on when he was found.
According to The Grand Rapids Press, authorities are continuing to investigate what caused the pastor to veer off the road and into the lake, although police have reportedly suggested the victim had been driving at high speeds. Hoffman's family had reported the pastor missing on Saturday morning after they had not heard from him for several hours; it is unclear when the crash took place. more >>