Elk River pastor charged

Elk River pastor charged

There are 1611 comments on the Star News - Home story from Jan 14, 2011, titled Elk River pastor charged. In it, Star News - Home reports that:

The Rev. William Neal Matthews, the pastor of Solid Rock Church and World Outreach Center, allegedly transferred money out of his mother-in-law's account while acting as the 94-year-old woman's power of attorney, according to a criminal complaint filed Jan.

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Mankato, MN

#1 Jan 16, 2011
I am pretty sure this is the least of what he has done. Why does it take so long for people to get caught?

Rock Island, IL

#2 Jan 16, 2011
This same guy married his daughter in law. He had an affair with her(Lorena Matthews)why his son(Andrew)to whom she was still married at the time was out of state training to be deployed overseas to fight for our country. In addition, while the affair was going on Bill Matthews wife(Mary)was on her death and eventually passed away. Pastor Bill Matthews is a bad person.
Scam artist

Rock Island, IL

#3 Jan 16, 2011
This guy scammed me out of 36k. Do not trust him.

Terry Sandberg
A True Believer

Shakopee, MN

#4 Jan 17, 2011
You guys sure are quick to judge. Until further evidence has been released, people are innocent until proven guilty.

@Unreal - You are incorrect in your accusations. He did marry his FORMER daughter-IN-LAW, but there was no affair. And once Loena was divorced (because her husband was abusive, a druggy, and an alcoholic), she is just a normal single individual who can marry anyone she wants. There is no laws against that. Make sure you have your facts right before you comment.

@ Terry Sandberg, I dont recall seeing any news or proof of your accusations. Someone is taking legal action on a few hundred dollars but you didnt on 36k? Pretty smart on your end.... maybe because you would have no ground to stand on.





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United States

#5 Jan 17, 2011
@ A True Believer - You sure make a lot of accusations and assumptions of fact in your statement. Interesting how you are able 'know' the truth but others aren't. There are plenty of things that are legal but unethical. As Christians, we ought not to do the bare minimum and merely act within the bounds of the law. Most of us are just grateful that we escaped only slightly burned and not paralyzed by this mans actions. This is an integrity issue and he has yet again proved he is lacking.

Garden City, MI

#6 Jan 17, 2011
Just because it isn't illegal to marry your daughter in law doesn't mean it isn't gross! Also just wondering how you think you can prove the ex was a druggie and abusive. Those are some pretty wild accusations.

Garden City, MI

#7 Jan 17, 2011
I thought someone was innocent until proven guilty.

Willmar, MN

#8 Jan 17, 2011
I saw this story in the news and googled this Pastor. He has other accusations against him besides this. Sounds like he lacks integrity in many areas.@ A True Believer- Same sex marriage is legal in some states. Watching Porn or smoking is legal. Are these things this Pastor would approve of too? Maybe he would since he obviously approves of stealing. I would expect higher standards from a Pastor. I don't think because this girl's ex was a "bad guy" that justifies her to marry her father in law. The son probably had good reason to divorce her too if that is the kind of person she is. Maybe this Pastor checked the laws to make sure marrying his daughter in law was legal before he did it. I guess he should've checked the laws before stealing from his mother in law
better off

United States

#9 Jan 17, 2011
I am shocked that people are so blind to the truth of God's word and character they will continue to "love" and "support" these hypocrites. The one felony charge is really the least of the damage done. How many people and families has he destroyed and split up in the name of God, including his own, and with zero repentance? Please post the documentable evidence of what he has done for God. The trial starts Jan.26 I will be there with many others watching to see justice served. He claims to be a healer but allowed his wife, an amazing person to die, and never dropped a tear at the funeral, his son (andrew) who dedicates his life as a u.s. army sniper and is understandably estranged isn't good enough for Bill to even talk to. Why is bill innocent but Andrew guilty? I checked and Andrew has no criminal record! I guess this is a "Godly Father's" love
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Delray Beach, FL

#10 Jan 17, 2011
I consider my sons and daughter in laws like my own children and I'm wondering if "a True Believer" has any children that are married. Now look at their spouse or even their boyfriend or girlfriend and tell me it isn't wrong to think that someday they could get divorced and marry you. Does that idea excite you? They would also be just "normal single individuals" as well, by your opinion, right? Gross.

United States

#11 Jan 17, 2011
I am the son that was married to Lorena and I will never hide from my accusers or talk behind someone's back, I would be more than happy to have a one on one public discussion of any events that transpired! I can assure you there has been zero illegal drug use for 13 years, and there was never physical abuse toward Lorena, the bible says the devil is the accuser of the brethren. I know God and I know he is in control. Although I am sad half my family will no longer speak with me, I know God can turn it around for good. I am not bitter or mad, but I look forward to the day truth is revealed. No man is perfect only God, but a real man can stand up and admit his wrongs and accept the consequences, a coward will hide and lie and deceive and cover up to the end!
old friend of the family

United States

#12 Jan 17, 2011
this event is tragic no matter who is right and who is wrong. the daughter of the service member (son) is being cast into a tumultuous world where her biological Father is her "brother" and her "dad" is her proverbial grandpa! The only thing I see on the part of the son (Andrew) was a lapse in judgement in choosing this girl to marry in the first place--although it sounds like the pastor was a smooth talker--I have heard many similar allegations over the years. If my son and his wife ever divocrced for whatever reason I WOULD NOT marry my daughter-in-law. It removes any chance for reconciliation or healing--let alone the forever awkward position it puts the family in. Did this pastor even once think about his son or his family? This family used to be such a witness for Christ and now they have become another circus act in mocking Christianity. I was friends with each of them and since this has happened three of the siblings won't even talk to me, defriended on FB, no explanations, etc. This pastor is leading a cult--this is NOT how Christians are to act--Jesus would never have okayed this. I am hoping justice is done and that the child is placed back with her father. I also hope the children who have been brainwashed by their father/pastor/cult leader come to their senses and reach out to their brother during this terrible time.
Tommy Gust

United States

#13 Jan 18, 2011
Let's see what the law says on the 26th. If Slick Willy is found guilty, is he gonna call that an attack from the devil? Probobly. I call it a Sovereign God who has had enough of heretics. Good luck.

Yambol, Bulgaria

#14 Jan 18, 2011
I`m absolutely sure that God is in your side Andy .The Word of God is so clear. He will have the last word.I`m agree with your statement . I hope the truth manifest and sincere belive and pray for you :)

United States

#15 Jan 18, 2011
@ friend, I don't know who you are but I am so sorry, it is a terrible situation but I know God can turn it around so we can once again be witnesses, my heart and prayers go out to you and your family. God is good and His word is true!

Tulsa, OK

#16 Jan 18, 2011
We're all behind you Andy!
Kim Stephenson

United States

#17 Jan 18, 2011
How many lives does ths pastor (cult leader) have to ruin before justice is served? The charges of him stealing from his mother-in-law are like arresting a murderer for jay walking. I'm glad that he has finally been caught at something but God is the only one who will give him what he really deserves.
serious business

United States

#18 Jan 18, 2011
If he ends up in jail I will assure you he gets what he deserves in there from a few big guys named Bubba. I sure hope sherburne county throws the book at this guy. I used to sell him car parts for his personal cars and car shop and he would use church checks. I guess those offerings are there to give William hot rods, shouldn't we be feeding the hungry or helping the homeless and elderly? What a sick world of greed William has led Solid Rock Church in to!
Nicole T

Minneapolis, MN

#19 Jan 18, 2011
Wow...is the only thing i can say. My heart goes out to andy and his beautiful daughter. Andy you are a wonderful person and have alot of people that support you. Justice will one day be served on this man for his terrible actions and choices. Andy dont feel that his actions are in anyway a reflection onto you. You are a much better person and father then he is, and GOD the only one that really matters knows that.
We are all behind you and are praying for you and your daughter.

Mankato, MN

#20 Jan 18, 2011
This guy happened to make it on to the list of "holy crimes" with some pretty bad dudes! http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load/hotto...

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