Thursday, October 27, 2005


Pastor Charged With Theft

Bangor, Maine - A one time pastor in Bangor is returning to Maine, not to visit the congregation he built up, but to face charges on what authorities say he took from them.

Ron Durham is now in jail in Georgia waiting for authories in Maine to pick him up. Durham had served as Pastor of the Abundant Life Church for 15 years. During his tenure, church membership grew from just a few members to 600.

In November of 2003 Durham said he needed treatment for alcoholism, resigned from the church and moved to Georgia. It was after that authorites say church leaders noticed more than their pastor was missing. More than $100,000 was gone.

Ron Durham will face theft charges next month. If he's found guilty he faces up to ten years in prison.

The court could also force him to pay back the stolen money to his former church.

See also, the never-ending chronicle of church-related crime.

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