Church Scandals





Brian Houston and his Hillsong Church: Shocking Child Abuse!

Andy Savage, a pastor at the Highpoint Church in Tennessee. His new church: Memphis- Grace Valley Church

Pastor Victor Mateo, 63, (L and C) of Christian Congregation The Redemptor in Bronx.

Sexual Abuse in the Amish community:   the dark cult which denies their children a proper education and knowledge of the modern world harbours a disgusting child abuse culture!

Bishop Damion Christopher Bennett:   this Pseudo-Christian sexually abused a minor, got jailed, and then tried to have the minor executed while in custody. After serving eight years, he’s back as chief Apostle/Bishop

Bishop Keith O’Brian in Scotland!
The dogs held on to him until they just could not get away with it any longer.  The press let it out!
And o, our politicians have to sit with these beasts, these dogs!  Most only obliging to the ruling political ethics of the day!

Ontario: Bishop Raymond Lahey has pleaded guilty to possession and importation of child pornography. Lahey was arrested at the Ottawa airport after nervously denying that he possessed a laptop. Noting that his passport contained stamps from countries infamous for child pornography, customs agents confiscated a computer and a memory stick found to contain over 500 images of young boys being “enslaved and degraded.” In 2009, Lahey had brokered a $15M settlement from his diocese to victims of molestation by priests, saying at the time, “I want to formally apologize to every victim and to their families for the sexual abuse that was inflicted upon those young people who were entitled instead to the trust and protection of priests of the church.”

UK Birmingham:  James Robinson  sentenced to 21 years march 2011

Virginia: Pastor Jason Bolton charged with stalking an underage girl. He has a previous arrest for statutory rape.

New York: Rabbi Nechemya Weberman arrested for molestation of 12 year-old girl.

Georgia: Pastor Albert Turnell charged with possession and distribution of child porn.

Alabama: Pastor Michael Wilkerson charged with writing a bad check to purchase $111K Mercedes. He previously served time in prison for defrauding the builders of his mansion.

Scotland: Sihk priest Surinder Singh convicted of child molestation.

Wisconsin: Father Thomas Marr sentenced to only nine months in jail for stealing over $600K from parishioners.

California: Christian college sued for knowingly placing a convicted child molester ministry student with a family whose children he then molested.

North Carolina: Pastor Greg Metcalf charged with assaulting his daughter and then denying her medical care.

Massachusetts: Father Franklin E. Huntress resigns in face of numerous molestation accusations.

Britain: Pastor Albert Odulele charged with indecent sexual assault on a child.

Arkansas: Pastor Shane Montgomery sentenced to one year in prison for sexual assault on a teenager.

Tennessee: Father William Casey to stand trial for child molestation.

California: Pastor Alonzo McGowan pleads guilty to stealing over $400K from an 87 year-old parishioner.

Ohio: Pastor: Daniel Monk sentenced to six years in prison for sexual battery on an underage girl. Monk says he was out of his mind because he’d been fasting.

New York: Father Richard Nachajski charged with stealing $476K from his parish to finance luxury vacations to the Caribbean and Thailand.
South Carolina: Pastor Charles Ledford arrested for embezzling over $250K from his church.

Louisiana: Pastor Elijah Mealancon busted for stealing $100K from an elderly parishioner.

New Brunswick: Father Charles Jean Picot found guilty of child molestation.

Georgia: Pastor Kenneth Terrell pleads guilty to embezzling $200K from his church. Terrell has been arrested 27 times in the past.

Missouri: Father Martin T. Sigillito charged in $52M Ponzi scam.

California: Father Antonio Cortes sentenced for child molestation.

New York: Rabbi Gavriel Bidany found guilty of groping the genitals of a sleeping female on a flight from Tel Aviv to JFK.

North Carolina: Pastor John Jackson arrested for using church money to insure his five Cadillacs.

Nevada: Pastor Raymond Mosley charged with molesting a four year-old girl.

Britain: Father Wojciech Jasinski charged with exhuming the corpse of a child saint in order to move the bones closer to his mother’s grave. Happy Mother’s Day!

Wisconsin: Pastor Travis Gandy convicted of child molestation and possession of child porn.

Arizona: Christian school teacher Joshua Carroll charged with child molestation.

Arkansas: Pastor Joel Church pleads guilty to possession of child pornography.

Wisconsin: Pastor Leon Piepenbrink charged with embezzling $68K from his church.

Missouri: White supremacist Pastor Robert Joos loses federal appeal on weapons possession conviction.

Virginia: Pastor Steve Dean charged with child molestation.

The following adult defendants were indicted on trading and possessing child pornography:

Andrew Hudson, 19, of North Olmsted

Andrew Logan, 25, of Cleveland

Christopher Cavna, 24, of Shaker Heights

Delmonte Davis, 41, of Cleveland

Edward Schallon, 51, of Cleveland

Eric Nguyen, 24, of Parma

Gareth Schakel, 20, of Lakewood

Gregory Gaebelein, 59, of North Royalton

Jacob Reese, 22, of Olmsted Falls

James Golak, 51, of Bratenahl

Joseph Hinton, 22, of Warrensville Heights

Kevin Morris, 35, of Cleveland

Kyle Cordell, 19, of North Royalton

Leonard Miller, 42, of Cleveland

Pastor Mark Griggs, 48, of Berea

Michael Hennel, 49, of Broadview Heights

Michael Kemble, 37, of South Euclid

Michael Neel, 40, of Cleveland

Nicholas Dore, 58, of Lakewood

Randy Street, 22, of Mayfield Heights

Robert Stein, 36, of Strongsville

Robert Watson, 26, of Lakewood

Shakita Adams, 26, of Cleveland

Shaun Starr, 29, of North Royalton

Stephen Siford, 46, of Garfield Heights

Troy Scott, 55, of Maple Heights

Wael Kash, 24, of North Olmsted

1 List of evangelical Christians involved in scandals
1.1 Aimee Semple McPherson, 1920s–40s
1.2 Lonnie Frisbee, 1970s–1980s
1.3 Marjoe Gortner, early 1970s
1.4 Billy James Hargis, early 1970s
1.5 Jimmy Swaggart, Marvin Gorman, and Jim & Tammy Bakker, 1986 and
1.6 Peter Popoff, 1987
1.7 Morris Cerullo, 1990s
1.8 Mike Warnke, 1991
1.9 Robert Tilton, 1991
1.10 W. V. Grant, 1996 and 2003
1.11 Bob Moorehead, 1998
1.12 Roy Clements, 1999
1.13 John Paulk, 2000
1.14 Paul Crouch, 2004
1.15 Douglas Goodman, 2004
1.16 Kent Hovind, 2006
1.17 Ted Haggard, 2006
1.18 Paul Barnes, 2006
1.19 Lonnie Latham, 2006
1.20 Gilbert Deya, 2006
1.21 Richard Roberts, 2007
1.22 Earl Paulk, 2007
1.23 Coy Privette, 2007
1.24 Thomas Wesley Weeks, III, 2007
1.25 Michael Reid, 2008
1.26 Joe Barron, 2008
1.27 Todd Bentley, 2008
1.28 Ergun Caner, 2010
1.29 George Alan Rekers, 2010
1.30 Eddie L. Long, 2010
1.31 Marcus Lamb, 2010
1.32 Vaughn Reeves, 2010
1.33 Stephen Green, 2011
1.34 Albert Odulele, 2011

Aimee Semple McPherson, 1920s–40s

Main article: Aimee Semple McPherson
One of the most famous evangelist scandals involved Canadian-born Aimee Semple McPherson in the 1920s, who allegedly faked her own death. She later claimed that she had been kidnapped, but a grand jury adjourned with no indictment, saying it had not enough evidence to proceed. Roberta Semple Salter, her daughter from her first marriage, became estranged from Semple McPherson and successfully sued her mother’s attorney for slander during the 1930s. As a result of this she was cut out of her mother’s will. Aimee Semple McPherson died in 1944 from an accidental overdose of barbiturates.

Lonnie Frisbee, 1970s–1980s

Main article: Lonnie Frisbee
Lonnie Frisbee was an American closeted gay Pentecostal evangelist and self-described “seeing prophet” in the late 1960s and 1970s who despite his “hippie” appearance had notable success as a minister and evangelist. Frisbee was a key figure in the Jesus Movement and was involved in the rise of two worldwide denominations (Calvary Chapel and the Vineyard Movement). Both churches later disowned him because of his active homosexuality, removing him first from leadership positions, then ultimately firing him. He died of AIDS-related complications in 1993.

Marjoe Gortner, early 1970s

Main article: Marjoe Gortner
Gortner rose to fame in the late 1940s as a child preacher, but he had simply been trained to do this by his parents and he had no personal faith. He was able to perform “miracles” and received large amounts of money in donations. After suffering a crisis of conscience, he invited a film crew to accompany him on a final preaching tour. The resulting film, Marjoe, mixes footage of revival meetings with Gortner’s explanations of how evangelists manipulate their audiences. It won the 1972 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, but was not shown widely in the Southern United States due to fears that it would cause outrage in the Bible Belt.[1]

Billy James Hargis, early 1970s

Main article: Billy James Hargis Hargis was a prolific author and radio evangelist. Hargis formed American Christian College in 1971 to teach fundamentalist Christian principles. However, a sex scandal erupted at the College, involving claims that Hargis had sex with male and female students. Hargis was forced out of American Christian College’s presidency as a result. Further scandals erupted when members of Hargis’ youth choir, the “All American Kids”, accused Hargis of sexual misconduct as well. The college eventually closed down in the mid-1970s. Hargis denied the allegations publicly.

Jimmy Swaggart, Marvin Gorman, and Jim & Tammy Bakker, 1986 and 1991 Main articles:

Jimmy Swaggart and Jim Bakker In 1986, evangelist Jimmy Swaggart began on-screen attacks against fellow televangelists Marvin Gorman and Jim Bakker. He uncovered Gorman’s affair with a member of Gorman’s congregation, and also helped expose Bakker’s infidelity (which was arranged by a colleague while on an out-of-state trip).[2] These exposures received widespread media coverage. Gorman retaliated in kind by hiring a private investigator to uncover Swaggart’s own adulterous indiscretions with a prostitute.[3] Swaggart was subsequently forced to step down from his pulpit for a year and made a tearful televised apology in February 1988 to his congregation, saying “I have sinned against you, my Lord, and I would ask that your precious blood would wash and cleanse every stain until it is in the seas of God’s forgiveness.”[4][5]

Swaggart was caught again by California police three years later in 1991 with another prostitute, Rosemary Garcia, who was riding with him in his car when he was stopped for driving on the wrong side of the road. When asked why she was with Swaggart, she replied, “He asked me for sex. I mean, that’s why he stopped me. That’s what I do. I’m a prostitute.

“[6] Peter Popoff, 1987

Main article: Peter Popoff A self-proclaimed prophet and faith healer in the 1980s, Popoff’s ministry went bankrupt in 1987 after magician and skeptic James Randi and Steve Shaw debunked his methods by showing that instead of receiving information about audience members from supernatural
sources, he received it through an in-ear receiver.[7]

Morris Cerullo, 1990s

Main article: Morris Cerullo A number of incidents involving California-based televangelist Morris Cerullo caused outrage in the United Kingdom during the 1990s. Cerullo’s claims of faith healing were the focus of particular concern. At a London crusade in 1992, he pronounced a child cancer sufferer to be healed, yet the girl died two months later. Multiple complaints were upheld against satellite television channels transmitting Cerullo’s claims of faith-healing, and a panel of doctors concluded that Cerullo’s claims of miraculous healing powers could not be substantiated. Cerullo also produced fund-raising material which was condemned as unethical by a number of religious leaders, as it implied that giving money to his organisation would result in family members becoming Christians.[8]

Mike Warnke, 1991

Main article: Mike Warnke Warnke was a popular Christian evangelist and comedian during the 1970s and 1980s. He claimed in his autobiography, The Satan Seller (1973), that he had once been deeply involved in a Satanic cult and was a Satanic priest before converting to Christianity. In 1991, Cornerstone magazine launched an investigation into Warnke’s life and testimony. It investigated Warnke’s life, from interviews with over one hundred personal friends and acquaintances, to his ministry’s tax receipts. Its investigation turned up damaging evidence of fraud and deceit. The investigation also revealed the unflattering circumstances surrounding Warnke’s multiple marriages, affairs, and divorces. Most critically, however, the investigation showed how Warnke could not possibly have done the many things he claimed to have done throughout his nine-month tenure as a Satanist, much less become a drug-addicted dealer or become a Satanic high priest.

Robert Tilton, 1991

Main article: Robert Tilton
Tilton is an American televangelist who achieved notoriety in the 1980s and early 1990s through his paid television program Success-N- Life. At its peak, it aired in all 235 American TV markets. In 1991, Diane Sawyer and ABC News conducted an investigation of Tilton. The investigation, broadcast on ABC’s Primetime Live on November 21, 1991, found that Tilton’s ministry threw away prayer requests without reading them, keeping only the money or valuables sent to them by viewers, garnering his ministry an estimated $80 million USD a year. In the original investigation, one of Tilton’s former prayer hotline operators claimed that the ministry cared little for desperate followers who called for prayer, saying that Tilton had a computer installed in July 1989 to make sure that the phone operators were off the line in seven minutes. Tilton sued ABC for libel in 1992, but the
case was dismissed in 1993, and Tilton’s show was off the air by
October 30, 1993.

W. V. Grant, 1996 and 2003

Main article: W. V. Grant
Grant was investigated by James Randi regarding his faith healing
claims. He was then imprisoned for tax evasion in 1996. After restarting his ministry upon release, TV news investigations in Atlanta, Georgia, and Richmond, Virginia, investigated his revival meetings and concluded his healing claims were false. A 2010 program on the British Channel 4 station also concluded that Grant’s claimed supernatural abilities were fake.[9]

Bob Moorehead, 1998

Moorehead, pastor of the Overlake Christian Church from the 1970s to
June, 1998 was arrested in July, 1996 on a charge of indecent exposure
in a public restroom in Daytona Beach, Florida. He stepped down amid
allegations of molestation of adult members during baptism and wedding
ceremonies that went as far back as 20 years earlier. [10]

Roy Clements, 1999

Main article: Roy Clements
Clements was a prominent figure within British evangelical Christianity. In 1999, he revealed he was in a homosexual relationship, resigned his pastorship, and separated from his wife. He had written a number of well-received books which were withdrawn from sale when the news broke.[11]

John Paulk, 2000

Main article: John Paulk
John Paulk (no relation to Earl Paulk) is a former leader of Focus on
the Family’s Love Won Out conference and former chairman of the board
for Exodus International North America. His claimed shedding of
homosexuality is also the subject of his autobiography Not Afraid to
Change. In September 2000, Paulk was found and photographed in a
Washington, D.C. gay bar, and accused by opponents of flirting with
male patrons at the bar. Later questioned by gay rights activist Wayne
Besen, Paulk denied being in the bar despite photographic proof to the
contrary. Initially, FoF’s Dr. James Dobson sided with Paulk and supported his claims. Subsequently, Paulk, who himself had written about his habit of lying while he openly lived as a homosexual, confessed to being in the bar, but claimed he entered the establishment for reasons other than sexual pursuits. Paulk retained his Board seat for Exodus, however he did so while on probation. Paulk did not run again for chairman of the board of Exodus when his term expired.

Paul Crouch, 2004

Main article: Paul Crouch
Paul Crouch is the founder and president of the Trinity Broadcasting
Network, or TBN, the world’s largest evangelical Christian television
network, as well as the former host of TBN’s flagship variety show,
Praise the Lord. In September 2004, the Los Angeles Times published a series of articles raising questions about the fundraising practices
and financial transparency of TBN, as well as the allegations of a former ministry employee, Enoch Lonnie Ford, that he had a homosexual affair with Crouch during the 1990s. TBN denied the allegations, claiming that Ford’s claims were part of an extortion scheme and that the Times was a “left-wing and anti-Christian newspaper.” In 2005, Ford appeared at the taping of the ION Television show Lie Detector. The show’s producers decided not to air the show, and the outcome of the lie detector test was never released. Consequently, none of the allegations were substantiated.

Douglas Goodman, 2004

Douglas Goodman, an evangelical preacher, and his wife Erica were
pastors of Victory Christian Centre in London, England. The church was
one of the largest in the United Kingdom. He came into notoriety when
he was jailed for three and a half years for the sexual assault of four members of his congregation in 2004. VCC was closed by the Charity Commission, but his wife Erica started a new church, Victory to Victory, in Wembley. Douglas has upon his release resumed full pastoral ministry alongside his wife.[12][13][14][15][16]

Kent Hovind, 2006

Main article: Kent Hovind
Kent Hovind is an American Baptist minister and Young Earth creationist. He is most famous for “creation science” seminars, in which he argues for Young Earth creationism, using his self-formulated “Hovind Theory.” He has been criticized by both the mainstream scientific community and other creationists. In 2006, Hovind who also has a reputation as a tax protestor had been charged with falsely declaring bankruptcy, making threats against federal officials, filing false complaints, failing to get necessary building permits, and various tax-related charges. He was convicted of 58 federal tax offenses and related charges, for which he is currently serving a ten- year sentence.[17]

Ted Haggard, 2006

Main article: Ted Haggard
Ted Haggard was the pastor of the New Life Church in Colorado Springs,
Colorado and was the president of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) from 2003 until November 2006. Haggard’s position allowed him occasional access to President George W. Bush. In 2006 it was alleged that Haggard had been regularly visiting a male prostitute who also provided him with methamphetamine. Haggard admitted his wrongdoing and resigned as pastor of New Life church and as president of the NAE. The high-profile case was significant also because it immediately preceded the 2006 mid-term elections and may have even affected national voting patterns [citation needed]. In January 2009, Haggard admitted to a second homosexual relationship with a male church member on CNN-TV and other national media, and when asked, would not directly answer a question about his other possible homosexual relationships.[18] Ted Haggard has recently started a new church.[19]

Paul Barnes, 2006

Main article: Paul Barnes
Paul Barnes is the founder and former senior minister of the evangelical church Grace Chapel in Douglas County, Colorado. He confessed his homosexual activity to the church board, and his resignation was accepted on December 7, 2006.[20] He started the church in his basement and watched it reach a membership of 2,100 in his 28 years of leadership. This scandal was notable because it was similar to Ted Haggard’s (above), it occurred in the same state (Colorado) and around the same time (late 2006).

Lonnie Latham, 2006

Main article: Lonnie Latham
In 2006, Latham, the senior pastor of South Tulsa Baptist Church and a
member of the powerful Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee, was arrested for “offering to engage in an act of lewdness” with a male undercover police officer.[21]

Gilbert Deya, 2006

Main article: Gilbert Deya
Kenyan-born Deya moved to the United Kingdom in the 1990s and started
a number of churches. He claims to have supernatural powers that allow
him to make infertile women become pregnant and give birth. However,
police investigations in the UK and Kenya concluded that Deya and his
wife were stealing Kenyan babies. Deya was arrested in London during
December 2006, and following a long legal process it was reported in
September 2011 that he would be extradited to Kenya to face child
abduction charges.[22]

Richard Roberts, 2007

Main article: Richard Roberts
In October 2007, televangelist Richard Roberts (son of the late televangelist Oral Roberts), was president of Oral Roberts University until his forced resignation on November 23, 2007. Roberts was named as a defendant in a lawsuit alleging improper use of university funds for political and personal purposes and improper use of university resources.[23]

Earl Paulk, 2007

Main article: Earl Paulk
Earl Paulk (no relation to John Paulk) was the founder and head pastor
of Chapel Hill Harvester Church in Decatur, Georgia from 1960 until
the 1990s. A number of women from the congregation came forward during
the 1990s and 2000s, claiming that Paulk had sexual relations with
them; charges of child molestation were also made. Some of these
claims have subsequently been proven correct. Moreover, Donnie Earl
Paulk, the current senior pastor of the church and nephew of Earl
Paulk, had a court-ordered DNA test in 2007 which showed that he was
Earl’s son, not his nephew, which means that Earl and his sister-in-
law had had a sexual relationship which led to Donnie’s birth.[24]

Coy Privette, 2007

Main article: Coy Privette
Privette is a Baptist pastor, conservative activist, and politician in
the U.S. state of North Carolina. Privette was president of the Christian Action League and a prominent figure in North Carolina moral battles. In 2007, Privette resigned as president of North Carolina’s Christian Action League and from the Board of Directors of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, following revelations on July 19 that he had been charged with six counts of aiding and abetting prostitution.[25]

Thomas Wesley Weeks, III, 2007

Main article: Thomas Wesley Weeks, III
Weeks married fellow evangelist Juanita Bynum in 2002, but they separated in May 2007. In August 2007, Weeks physically assaulted Bynum in a hotel parking lot and was convicted of the crime in March 2008. The couple divorced in June 2008 and Weeks remarried in October 2009.[26]

Michael Reid, 2008

Main article: Michael Reid
Bishop Michael Reid (born 1944) is a Christian evangelist in Essex,
England and founder of Michael Reid Ministries who resigned from the
role of pastor at Peniel Church in April 2008, after admitting to an eight-year extra-marital sexual relationship. The scandal was widely reported online [27][28][29] and in UK newspapers.[30][31] He has since re-developed an itinerant evangelistic ministry and has been speaking
at a number of churches in the UK and overseas.

Joe Barron, 2008

Joe Barron, one of the 40 ministers at Prestonwood Baptist Church, one
of the largest churches in the United States with 26,000 members, was
arrested on May 15, 2008 for solicitation of a minor after driving from the Dallas area to Bryan, Texas, in order to allegedly engage in sexual relations with what he thought to be a 13 year-old girl he had met online. Barron’s online communications had in fact been with undercover law enforcement official.[32][33][34]

Todd Bentley, 2008

Main article: Todd Bentley
Canadian Todd Bentley rose to prominence as the evangelist at the
Lakeland Revival in Florida, which began in April 2008. Bentley claimed that tens of thousands of people were healed at the revival. However, in August 2008, he stepped down permanently when it was revealed he was separating from his wife, Shonnah, and was in a relationship with Jessa Hasbrook, a member of his staff. [35]

Ergun Caner, 2010

Main article: Ergun Caner
Ergun Caner grew up in suburban Ohio, but after 9/11, presented
himself to churches and other organizations as having been raised and
trained in Turkey and Egypt as a militant jihadi to wage war in the US.
[36][37] He and his brother Emir authored books explaining Islam to
evangelicals containing many basic mistakes, displaying a rudimentary rather than expert understanding of the religion.[38] Ergun’s prominence and popularity propelled him to the position of dean at the Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary and Graduate School of Liberty University.[39] In early 2010, Reformed apologist James White questioned Caner’s claims to have debated Muslim scholars and representatives of virtually all religions on college campuses across the country.[40] Legal documents located by Christian and Muslim bloggers demonstrated the fraudulence of Caner’s constructed life narrative.[41] Sound clips from his preaching contained supposed quotes in Arabic that turned out to be gibberish.[42] Liberty’s
subsequent investigation resulted in Caner’s not having his contract
renewed for the position of dean in the summer of 2010, demoting him
to professor. [43][44] He took up a new post at Arlington Baptist
College in 2011. [45]

George Alan Rekers, 2010

Main article: George Alan Rekers
Penn Bullock and Brandon K. Thorp of the Miami New Times reported on
May 4, 2010, that on April 13, 2010, Christian leader George Alan Rekers was photographed at Miami International Airport returning from an extended overseas trip with a twenty-year-old “rent boy”, or gay male prostitute, known as “Lucien” (later identified as Jo-Vanni Roman). Given his opinion on homosexuals and homosexual behavior, the scandal surrounds Rekers’ decision to employ a homosexual escort as a traveling companion, and how that runs contrary to Rekers’ public stances on such issues.

Rekers claimed that Lucien was there to help carry Rekers’ luggage as
Rekers had allegedly had recent surgery, yet Rekers was seen carrying
his own luggage when he and Lucien were spotted at the airport.[46] On
his blog, Rekers denied having sex with the man.[47] In subsequent interviews, Roman said Rekers had paid him to provide nude massages
daily, which included genital touching.

Eddie L. Long, 2010

Main article: Eddie L. Long
In September 2010 several civil complaints were filed against Bishop
Eddie L. Long by men that stated Mr. Long used his position as the
church leader to entice or coerce the men into consensual sexual relationships in exchange for money, travel and goods. At a press
event on September 26, 2010 Bishop Long stated he would fight the
civil complaints in court and would not comment on the allegations. On
May 27, 2011, Bishop Long settled the matter out of court. [48] The
Canadian documentary series, Sex Scandals In Religion covered the Long
case [49]

Marcus Lamb, 2010

In December 2010, televangelist Marcus Lamb, the founder of the
Daystar Television Network, admitted on television that he had been
involved in an extramarital affair several years prior. He further alleged an extortion scheme against him. In late 2010 and early 2011, three former Daystar employees filed a series of lawsuits against Lamb
and his wife, Joni, making allegations ranging from financial mismanagement in relation to the affair, to sexual harassment, and to
wrongful termination.

Vaughn Reeves, 2010

Special Judge Dena Martin ordered former pastor Vaughn Reeves to serve
consecutive six-year terms for each of nine fraud counts, in a scheme
that cost about 2,900 investors $13.1 million.[50] Among aggravating
factors, Martin found Reeves targeted people over age 65 and used
religion to influence them. Reeves’ attorney plans to appeal.

Investigators said Reeves and his three sons used their now-defunct
company, Alanar, to trick about 11,000 investors into buying bonds worth $120 million secured by mortgages on church construction projects.[51]

Instead, Reeves and his sons diverted money from new investments to
pay off previous investors, pocketing $6 million and buying luxuries.

Stephen Green, 2011

Stephen Green, a former Chairman of the Conservative Family Campaign
who attends an Assemblies of God Church, is head of Christian Voice, a
Conservative Christian pressure group in the UK.

In January 2011, Green’s former wife, Caroline Green, accused him of
repeatedly physically assaulting her and their children, including one incident where he allegedly beat her with a weapon until she bled, and another in which their son allegedly required hospital treatment after having been beaten with a piece of wood.[52]

Albert Odulele, 2011

In February 2011, televangelist, founder and senior pastor of Glory
House London, Dr Albert Odulele was charged with two counts of sexual
assault, one involving a 14-year-old boy and another on a 21-year-old
man. Although he initially denied the charges, he later pleaded guilty
and confessed that he had been battling with his sexuality for many years. He was subsequently sentenced at Woolwich Crown Court, London, to 8 and 6 months in prison to run concurrently. He will be on the sex offenders register for 5 years. He is currently serving his sentence.


In 2007, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) opened a probe into the
finances of six televangelists who preach a “prosperity gospel”.
The probe investigated reports of lavish lifestyles by televangelists
including: fleets of Rolls Royces, palatial mansions, private jets and
other expensive items purportedly paid for by television viewers who
donate due to the ministries’ encouragement of offerings. The six that
were investigated are:

Kenneth Copeland and Gloria Copeland: of Kenneth Copeland Ministries of Newark, Texas;

Creflo Dollar and Taffi Dollar: of World Changers Church International
and Creflo Dollar Ministries of College Park, Ga;

Benny Hinn: of World Healing Center Church Inc. and Benny Hinn
Ministries of Grapevine, Texas;

Eddie L. Long: of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church and Bishop Eddie:
Long Ministries of Lithonia, Ga; DocuSeries – SEX SCANDALS and RELIGION did a 2011 investigative episode on his alleged sexual
misconduct [55]

Joyce Meyer and David Meyer: of Joyce Meyer Ministries of Fenton, Mo;

Randy White and ex-wife Paula White: of the multiracial Without Walls
International Church and Paula White Ministries of Tampa. [56]

On January 6, 2011 Senator Grassley released his review of the six
ministries response to his inquiry. He called for a further
congressional review of tax-exemption laws for religious groups.[57]

See also
Garner Ted Armstrong
Elmer Gantry
List of convicted religious leaders

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