Pastor Killed at Bayshore Baptist Church in Florida

December 4, 2014- Bradenton, Fla. – Manatee County Sheriff reported that Pastor Tripp Battle of Bayshore Baptist Church and Bayshore Baptist’s Nursery/Children’s director Amber Avalos. Mrs. Avalos was the wife of suspected shooter Andy Avalos.  The Manatee County Sheriff Department reports that Andy Avalos remains on the loose.

Second Baptist Church and Community of Faith Church being sued….

Oct 3, 2014 – HOUSTON Texas — Second Baptist Church and Community of Faith Church are being sued by the family of the victim who was sexually assaulted by a youth pastor while wiring in the churches.

Chad Foster has been convicted of multiple counts of sex assault of a child and online solicitation in 2013.

Foster met the young girl while working at Second Baptist.  The assaults continued once moving to Community of Faith Church. The parents are suing the churches for failure to perform adequate background checks, to train and monitor youth pastors, and failed to adopt and enforce rules to supervise youth pastors and their interactions with teens.

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Seventh-day Adventist church sued over allegations of abuse

Two men who say they were molested in the 1970s by a youth group leader in Oregon are suing  the Seventh-day Adventist church for $13.5 million.

The lawsuit said that church officials appointed Leslie Bovee in 1972 to lead a Seventh-day Adventist youth group in Veneta, Oregon, even though they knew he had previously served two years in prison for molesting three boys.

In 1975, Lesie Bovee was charged with sexually abusing a 12-year-old boy, but continued to lead the local Pathfinders group until he denounced his religious beliefs in 1979, the suit stated.

Attorneys for the two plaintiffs, who said Bovee abused them in the Pathfinders program and who are now in their early 50s.

To read more about this incident go to:  REUTERS EDITION – August 26, 2014 – Post written by Lee Derr Voo


Newwalk church former pastor sentenced for sexual assualt

August 22, 2014 – Jorge Juan Castro, 55, former associate pastor of Newwalk church was sentenced to six years in state prison for sexually assaulting woman parishioner.  Jorge Juan Castro, pleaded no contest in Norwalk Superior Court to a felony count of sexual penetration by a foreign object.

August 21, 2014 – GEORGETOWN, Texas –  Marcos Azael Herrera was arrested on August 15, 2014 for the alleged assaults of a young girl.  Marcus Herrera was a pastor at Iglesia Evangelica Cristiana Espiritual Church where authorities said the girl’s father also worked.  The girl told law enforcement authorities that the alleged assaults took place in 2009 when she was 4 years old. Marcus Herrera is currently being held on $400,00 bond at the Williamson County Jail.


Pastor Walker Killed in church shooting…

Phoenix, AZ – Two Priest were shot at Mother of Mercy church in Phoenix, AZ on June 13, 2014.  Pastor Walker, died at the scene and Pastor Joseph Terra, was injured but is expected to recover.  Police have no suspects at this time.

Wife crashes car into church and then stabs her husband…

A Tennessee woman who police say crashed into a church and stabbed her husband claims she was following the instructions of both God and the devil, reports WJHL-TV.

March 19, 2014 – Church Hill, Tenn:  Law enforcement authorities report that  about 10 a.m. Sunday Stephanie Hamman crashed her vehicle through the front doors of Providence Church. Authorities say that she then called her husband who lives across the street to come to the scene.  When the husband arrived according to police, the husband found his wife lying in front of the altar with a large knife. Stephanie then told her husband, said “the devil is in me” and stabbed him in the chest.  Police report that the husband removed the knife from his chest and returned home and called 9-1-1.  The husband is expected to live.  Stephanie, was arrested by police.

Pastor accused of sexually assaulting female church members during prayer…

March 11, 2014 – Sumter, SC – Law enforcement authorities have arrested Pastor Larry Duran of Word International Ministries, for the alleged sexual assault of three female church members. According to authorities, the alleged sexual assaults took place within the church and at the pastors’ private residence between 2011 2013.

Victim stabbed during church service….

March 4, 2014- Man was stabbed while attending church services In Toronto, Canada.

Federal Judge orders man to pay back more than $350,000 for church arson….

February 5, 2014 – BISMARCK, North Dakota — A judge who sentenced a North Dakota man to more than three years in prison for burning down a church has now ordered him to pay back more than $350,000.  Authorities the man set fire to the St. James Episcopal Church on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in July 2012. The church was destroyed.


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