- Advertisment -

Follow Us:

- Advertisment -

Baptist Pastor Gets 10 Years For Embezzling Nearly 1 Million From Church

-

         

As big tech continues its crackdown on conservative blogs, our days on these platforms are numbered. Please subscribe to our mailing list and follow us on gab so that we can continue to stay in touch with you. Please also consider a subscription for ad-free content delivered directly to you.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — A former minister who admitted to stealing more than $800,000 from Houston’s First Baptist Church is headed to prison for a decade.

Prosecutors say Jerrell G. Altic, 40, embezzled the money over a six-year period that ended in November 2017. Altic’s attorney says Altic has admitted to stealing the money.

On Monday, Altic was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

The district attorney says Altic used the money to fund overseas trips, get a doctorate from Lancaster Bible School and live outside of his means. While prosecutors declined to detail how the theft took place, they said it was by a series of misrepresentations and forgery.

“He’s cooperating fully with the district attorney’s office,” said James Alston, Altic’s attorney. “He feels horrible for what has happened and the pain that has caused everyone at the church and his family members, and he would want me to tell everyone that he’s sorry.”

Alston went on to say Altic “knew this day was coming.”

In December, First Baptist Church released the following statement, signed by Senior Pastor Gregg Matte and Deacon Chairman Craig Bloodworth:

By the way, did you know Reformation Charlotte has a Christian gear and apparel store? Check it out at ReformedGear.com.

“In November 2017, we discovered a limited set of suspicious financial activity related to Jerrell Altic. When we approached him about the matter, he immediately tendered his resignation. We reported our initial findings to law enforcement and our insurance provider, in keeping with our legal and fiduciary responsibilities, and began a thorough investigation conducted by staff leadership, relevant church committees and deacons as well as independent forensic accounting and legal experts. This investigation, internally and by law enforcement, brought us to yesterday, December 10, when a Harris County grand jury indicted him for first degree felony theft of more than $800,000 of the church’s finances between 2011 and 2017, while he was employed here.

We have learned through the investigation process that, acting alone, Jerrell engaged in multiple deceptive and difficult-to-detect techniques to carry out this theft. That said, though his fraudulent activities involved missions funds, all of Houston’s First ministry partners received their designated monies, as his actions did not prevent our church from providing resources to local ministries, church plants or other strategic partners. Nevertheless, we have already enacted additional policies to help ensure all donations and expenses are protected and handled properly moving forward. The outside expertise we sought helped us not only to determine the extent of this serious violation of trust, but also provided recommendations on how our financial controls might be improved or strengthened.



Unfortunately, due to the sensitive nature of the legal and investigative procedures triggered by this matter, we have not been able to provide these details until now. While we were unable to inform the church body because of the ongoing investigation, we informed and kept updated the related church committees, including personnel, finance, and missions committees, along with key staff and the deacon body, throughout this process. These past months have been challenging and painful for us as the extent of Jerrell’s actions came to light and as we wrestled with the tension of wanting to inform the congregation, while also carefully following law enforcement’s lead in the investigation, balancing legal constraints with church procedures.

We are encouraged that our church’s insurance coverage paid $500,000, which reimbursed a significant part of the loss, while our church leadership approved using unallocated contingency funds to replace the balance.

As challenging as this discovery has been for everyone involved, we have also been encouraged by the continued generosity and passion for missions work from our congregation-including through generous, unsolicited financial gifts from those who have come to know of his wrongdoing.
We pray for God’s work to continue to be done at Houston’s First, and for Jerrell and his family. Houston’s First remains committed to the advancement of the Gospel in our city, our nation and around the world (Acts 1:8). We understand and take seriously our responsibility to properly steward the resources God gives us through the generosity of our church family.”

         

We are being actively censored on many platforms because of our conservative views. The more places you follow us, the more likely we are to get our message out. Please support us by following us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, following us on Parler, following us on Instagram, and visiting our gear and apparel store. Also, please subscribe to our newsletter. If you would like to support us financially, a contribution of any amount is greatly appreciated.

0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Latest news

John MacArthur Has Strong Words for Those Living an LGBTQ Lifestyle

In a day and age where sexual anarchy rules the lives of an increasingly godless society, it is always...

Benny Hinn Says God Cursed Kenneth Copeland Because He Spoke Against Him

Notorious false prophet, Benny Hinn, is well-known for his charlatanry, lying, and fake faith-healing nonsense while bilking his followers...

Franklin Graham to Join Biden in Pushing Vaccines That Have Reportedly Killed Thousands

Franklin Graham, son of controversial universalist preacher, Billy Graham, says he is willing to join up with Joe Biden...

Another Canadian Pastor Arrested for Holding Church Services

If you don't think the Church is under persecution, you need to wake up. Churches all over the world...
- Advertisement -

False Teacher of the Day #5: Shawn Bolz

Shawn Bolz is the founder and former senior pastor of Expression58 Church and is now the CEO of Bolz...

Matt Maher’s and Matt Redman’s Doctrineless Ecumenical Alliance

Two of the most popular artists in Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) are Matt Maher and Matt Redman. The two...

Must read

Woke Christians Comparing Foul-Mouthed Gangsta Rapper’s Life to Jesus

Sometimes, you just have to wonder what planet the...

JHP

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you

0
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x
()
x