A few years ago pastor Farris Wilks of Cisco, Texas, and his brother, Dan, became billionaires from the sale of their hydraulic fracturing business called Frac Tech. Now they are "using the riches that the Lord has blessed" them with, according to CBN, to bring back the Bible in schools and other conservative causes.
Farris Wilks is pastor of his family church in Rising Star, called Assembly of Yahweh 7th Day Church which believes:
"That the Bible, as originally given, was true and correct in every scientific and historical detail. Every translation of the Bible is not necessarily one hundred percent correct, however." more >>
A veteran Texas pastor was shot in the head with his own gun by a burglar as he begged for his life in his home in a tragic Fourth of July attack. His family believes he tried counseling his alleged killer before his death.
Pastor Donald Frazier, 69, has been preaching and counseling inmates in jails and prisons for more than 40 years and neighbors in his secure Deerfield Village community in Harris County described him as the "nicest guy" with a heart of gold.
In a brazen and cold-blooded attack in the wee hours of last Friday morning, suspected burglar Daniel Durham, 30, confessed to deputies at the Harris County Sheriff's Office that he shot the beloved pastor in the head as he begged for his life on the floor of his home, according to KHOU. more >>
Zhang Shaojie, a prominent church leader from central China, has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for gathering crowds to "disturb public order." A U.S. campaign group has said that the decision constitutes religious persecution and the Chinese government's attempt to hold back the growth of Christianity.
"This case shows the Chinese government continues to cover up religious persecution with fabricated criminal charges against an innocent church leader," said Bob Fu, the head of China Aid, according to The Telegraph.
Liu Weiguo, a rights lawyer who has worked with the pastor in the past, said that he was shocked at the severity of the sentence. more >>
A North Carolina pastor is facing deportation for the second time over allegations that he lied by omission to authorities regarding a previous drug conviction, and now his church is rallying behind him in an effort to save him.
Federal prosecutors accuse Pastor Jose Armando Siliezar-Sevilla of lying when he applied for temporary protected status in July 2010 in which he failed to mention a felony charge and admit that he had previously been deported.
"He did break the law. We agree with that," said Mariela Lopez, his daughter, according to WRAL News, "But he deserves human rights, he does not deserve to be treated like an animal. It is an emergency. He is sick. He needs attention. He needs a family." more >>
Hillsong Church's global success and notoriety is due to lead pastors Brian and Bobby Houston maintaining their focus on God as their shepherd throughout their nearly 30 years in ministry, says Hillsong New York City pastor Carl Lentz.
During the megachurch's annual conference in Sydney, Australia, Wednesday night, Lentz delivered a message about the church's humble beginnings and the importance of remaining close to God through life's highs and lows.
"The story of Hillsong Church has never been about chasing a movie, or chasing the spotlight, it's always been about chasing the Shepherd! Sometimes when you don't know the journey, people can look at certain moments and say that they want that but they don't understand that our pastors, all they've done their whole lives is chase the shepherd," said Lentz. more >>
A North Carolina pastor may be deported following his arrest in June for lying about his immigration status on job application papers.
Jose Armando Siliezar-Sevilla, 48, a husband and father, has lived in the United States since he emigrated from Honduras in 1989. According to NC Dream Team, Siliezar-Sevilla took work as a construction worker, but found that the income was insufficient."
Desperate to make ends meet, he became involved in drug dealing. In 1993, he was charged and convicted of drug possession and served time for two and a half years. After completion of his time in state prison, he was deported to Mexico despite being a Honduran national," the website states. more >>