Monday, November 21, 2005


Church Pastor Resigns Amid Investigation

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - One of Winston-Salem's leading churches is without its senior pastor, amid accusations of embezzlement and a police investigation. The Rev. Wendell Johnson resigned Thursday from First Baptist Church on Highland Avenue, according to church leaders.

Church members were split on their feelings. More than 100 members of the 126-year-old church met Thursday night.

"I've been chairman of the board here for, like, 13 or 14 years, and for me to find out the things I found out was really devastating," Harold Brown told WXII 12's Robin Lindner on Thursday. "It just tears the church apart."

Brown said he couldn't talk about the police department's investigation into the possibility of embezzlement of church money. But he did say the church needs new leadership.

"Basically what has happened is we have received his resignation," he said of Johnson.

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

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