In January, local police discovered Tennessee pastor Boyd Holder having sex with “an individual” in a van, which was parked in front of a vacant building. The van belonged to Victory Apostolic Church and police let him go with a warning about having sex in public.
After learning of the incident, church members became suspicious of their pastor and began looking into his use of church finances. According to a former church member, after coming to the church in 2010, Holder managed to obtain a “stranglehold” on the church. Board members found that between $70,000 and $100,000 was missing, but when they confronted him, the people who questioned Holder –including church board members– were kicked out of the church by Holder. Authorities were called out to the church after the pastor allegedly assaulted an unidentified man during that day’s church service. According to the Kingsport Times-News:
“A man told police that when he visited to worship, Holder ordered him to leave. Holder reportedly demanded the visitor do so because he, ‘was not there for the right reasons.’
When the complainant again refused — offering that he only ‘wanted to enjoy the service’ — Holder allegedly, ‘grabbed him by his belt and attempted to lift him out of the pew.’ It was after other church members “politely” asked the man to leave that he complied, then called police to report the incident.
Church members took their concerns to the police, who opened up their own investigation and he was ultimately charged with a theft over $60,000 and money laundering. A Sullivan County grand jury returned an indictment against Holder last week.
Representatives of two online websites, Online Buddies and Farmers Only, were brought in to testify during the grand jury hearing. Online Buddies is “the world’s largest gay brand, with over 10 million members around the world” and Farmers Only is a dating website geared toward people who live in rural communities. The site provides dating options for men looking for men and men looking for women.
“We found a profile picture on one of the dating sites that is identical to the picture that was on Holder’s Facebook page Friday morning, before he apparently shut down his Facebook account. The only difference between the two pictures is you can’t see the person’s face on the dating site profile.”
We’ve heard this story before, right? Con-artist in the guise of religious figures are a lot more common than most people are willing to admit. People think that anyone who professes to be religious, really is. What’s the old cliché…?
“Beware of the wolf in sheep’s clothing”
That’s not the Bible… is it? (via Addicting Info)