Youth Pastor Accused of Stealing From...

Youth Pastor Accused of Stealing From Church

Posted in the Leeds Forum

here we go again

Newport, TN

#1 Mar 12, 2013
Youth Pastor Accused of Stealing From Church

By Natalie Potts
By [email protected]

Story Created: Mar 12, 2013 at 5:42 PM CDT
Story Updated: Mar 12, 2013 at 7:18 PM CDT )

JACKSON, Tenn.- One Jackson Church leader trusted to supervise his congregation's money is charged with stealing from those donations.

Jackson Police said Jason Lee Ray, Treasurer and Youth Pastor at First Assembly of God, admitted to secretly taking money from the church from more than a year. Officials would not reveal the exact amount taken but according to the charge it was more than $60,000 dollars. Police said the money was taken from the church's general funds between May 2011-Dec. 2012.

"We used to, thought nothing bad would happen to a church that people would have more respect for a church," said Senior Pastor Gary Martin, of First Assembly of God Church. "It hurt us financially it's hard to put into words, it's just one of those things that happens and we were devastated, we were hurt, we still are, but we are going on and we are holding together."

Pastor Martin told WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News this experience is one the church can learn from, a testament of faith in people, that will make his congregation stronger.

"Through those tests those trials we become stronger we learn from those things," said Pastor Martin, "We have to trust God through it all and we go on with it. When in doubt, you open up the word and get the direction and we learn together and we overcome together."

Church leaders said members have already started coming together, working to make up for the loss and helping the church to continue to make a difference.

Those are the good aspects and the good things that make a pastor smile where you know you are serving people that have a heart for serving people, that really makes a difference," said Pastor Martin.

One of the biggest programs at the Jackson First Assembly of God Church is a food drive where more than 4,000 pounds of food is given away to the needy in Jackson -Madison County, the third Thursday each month. Pastor Martin said because of the overwhelming support and unity within the church community, this month's drive set for next week will not be affected

Tell me when this thread is updated:

Subscribe Now Add to my Tracker

Add your comments below

Characters left: 4000

Please note by submitting this form you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

Leeds Discussions

Title Updated Last By Comments
News The 25 Most Dangerous Cities in the U.S. Are Mo... (Nov '10) 12 hr Wheelz 20,703
Tough Nickle Boutique 22 hr Customer 1
Places for rent in Birmingham and surrounding c... Dec 1 Lookingforhome 1
How to get loan shark (Feb '14) Oct '16 Igotmyloan 33
Loan offer for those in need of urgent loans (Feb '13) Oct '16 Igotmyloan 37
need real loan shark urgently (Oct '14) Oct '16 Igotmyloan 17
i need a urgent loan of 2000 dollars from a rea... (Oct '14) Oct '16 Liamj544 3

Leeds Jobs

More from around the web

Personal Finance

Leeds Mortgages