Ga. pastor gets 10 years for stealing from church

Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012 7:36 AM
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SAVANNAH, Ga. -- A former Bloomingdale pastor was sentenced Tuesday to nearly 10 years in federal prison and ordered to pay more than $381,000 in restitution for admitting to stealing more than $201,000 from the New Harvest International Ministries church he pastored.

Kenneth Terrell, 47, also must serve a three-year supervised release after he completes his custody term, U.S. District Judge William T. Moore Jr. ordered.

Terrell pleaded guilty in May to a single count in the indictment charging him with wire fraud of $201,450 on Oct. 10, 2007, as part of a negotiated plea in a larger scheme.

Moore granted a request from Assistant U.S. Attorney Natalie Lee for an enhanced sentence because Terrill obstructed justice by lying during his sentencing hearing Monday night.

The judge also rejected a reduction for acceptance of responsibility.

In addition, Lee cited Terrell’s criminal history of 13 convictions, including one for child molestation, and 13 additional arrests as well as what she said was a “pretty outrageous fraud” in the current case.

“It demonstrates to me that Mr. Terrell has not changed and will not change,” Lee told Moore.

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seenitB4
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seenitB4 01/25/12 - 08:47 am
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10 years heh.....time to

10 years heh.....time to think about what he did..

oldfella
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oldfella 01/25/12 - 09:31 am
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Maybe he'll change his ways

Maybe he'll change his ways and find God in prison.......only this time maybe it will be for real.

rmwardsr
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rmwardsr 01/25/12 - 09:42 am
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There are many more pastors

There are many more pastors stealing money legally by soliciting donations on television, all the while operating tax exempt ministries. Not to mention the lavish lifestyles and lavish homes they maintain.

madgerman
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madgerman 01/25/12 - 09:47 am
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With his past history it
Unpublished

With his past history it appears the flock was primed for a loss. Just how in the world did a group of people decide that this was their spiritual leader? Didn't someone just google his name to see where he had been before they started to shell out the money for his church?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 01/25/12 - 09:55 am
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RMWard wrote: Not to mention

RMWard wrote:

Not to mention the lavish lifestyles and lavish homes they maintain.

Wealth envy?

BamaMan
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BamaMan 01/25/12 - 10:06 am
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rmwardsr, be patient...all

rmwardsr, be patient...all those "ministers" will get their pay, or rather, their reward.

damejacqueline
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damejacqueline 01/25/12 - 10:59 am
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A lot of folks are going to

A lot of folks are going to be disappointed when they find out their "Pastor" is not ordained...or wasn't ordained when they said "I Do!"

Fundamental_Arminian
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Fundamental_Arminian 01/25/12 - 11:07 am
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"In addition, Lee cited

"In addition, Lee cited Terrell’s criminal history of 13 convictions, including one for child molestation, and 13 additional arrests as well as what she said was a “pretty outrageous fraud” in the current case" (article).

I can't help wondering about the spiritual IQ of the folks at New Harvest International Ministries. In no way did Kenneth Terrell meet the biblical qualifications for an overseer (pastor) or even a deacon. To ignore these qualifications is to invite trouble in the form of persons such as Mr. Terrell:

>>Qualifications for Overseers

1 The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. 2 Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3 not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 4 He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, 5 for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God's church? 6 He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. 7 Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil.

Qualifications for Deacons

8 Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued, F8 not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain. 9 They must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. 10 And let them also be tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves blameless. 11 Their wives likewise must be dignified, not slanderers, but sober-minded, faithful in all things. 12 Let deacons each be the husband of one wife, managing their children and their own households well. 13 For those who serve well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves and also great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus (1 Timothy 3:1-13 English Standard Version).<<

rmwardsr
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rmwardsr 01/25/12 - 11:15 am
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LittleLamb: I guess I am

LittleLamb: I guess I am trying to look out for those poor souls who will vote for Obama no matter what. It is certainly not wealth envy. It is getting rich at the expense of poor unsuspecting souls that bothers me. If this man's church paid him a salary, and he invested his salary and got that kind of return on his investment, I would not have a problem with that. I have friends who have more, and friends who have less, and I do not envy those who have more one little bit. After all, when it is all over, we will all stand before the same Creator. And money will be of no use then.

farrowtrent
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farrowtrent 01/25/12 - 01:41 pm
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and these people consider

and these people consider themselves to be a part of the church? really now?

kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 01/25/12 - 01:46 pm
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"God helps those who help
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"God helps those who help themselves....................." LOL!!

Oh and.....er..........just a reminder that phone lines are now open and operators are standing by to accept your donation.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/25/12 - 01:50 pm
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You mean pastors are not

You mean pastors are not allowed to take the money the church takes in? We are living in a new era.

my.voice
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my.voice 01/25/12 - 02:19 pm
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How in this world did this

How in this world did this joker wind up pastoring a church?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/25/12 - 02:33 pm
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I know one pastor who makes

I know one pastor who makes me shake my head everytime I think about his behavior.

showboat
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showboat 01/25/12 - 02:41 pm
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Any time a Pastor can get his
Unpublished

Any time a Pastor can get his hands on the check book he will take some money. I was at a bank monday morning a Pastor and his Wife was making the deposit for the church. I said Wow to my self, how much did they get out of the bag? Now they are at the bank makeing out the deposit slip.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 01/25/12 - 07:45 pm
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"In addition, Lee cited

"In addition, Lee cited Terrell’s criminal history of 13 convictions, including one for child molestation, and 13 additional arrests as well as what she said was a “pretty outrageous fraud” in the current case."

Ten years is not enough time; he is a very slow learner.

Hard to believe that the congregation hired him as their pastor without a thorough background check. However, this man may have started the church himself and thus avoided any questions from the joiner/members.

In any event, he has much to answer for.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 01/25/12 - 08:02 pm
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rmwardsr, is it stealing if

rmwardsr, is it stealing if it is freely given? Should ministers be required to live in poverty? Does being unsuccessful make a better or more godly person? Do people have any responsibility to examine their own beliefs/values and make thoughtful decisions?

stillamazed
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stillamazed 01/26/12 - 08:26 am
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Church members give freely to

Church members give freely to their church for the betterment of their church and community. I don't think any church member would give so freely if they thought their minister was lining their own pockets with it. Give me a small town church anyday.....there is no minister trying to get rich and you don't feel like you are trying to keep up with the Jones just to go to church. But the thing I have always wondered if how people go to church with their noses all up in the air on Sunday but on Saturday night they were out in the bars getting drunk and partying. I think a lot of these ministers are in it for all the wrong reasons, instead of saving souls they are trying to get rich.

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