Pastor-Mayor-Police Chief Asked to Resign After Using Church Bus in a Drug Bust

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A small town pastor who also serves as the chief of police and the mayor is the subject of an uproar over the use of a church-owned vehicle as cover in a drug-related arrest.

The Christian Post reported that a West Virginia pastor who also serves as the chief of police and the mayor of his small town is the subject of an uproar over the use of a church-owned vehicle as cover in a drug-related arrest. Chris Wilkinson has been pastor of the Morningstar Community Church in Lincoln County for 10 years while serving as mayor and chief of police of Hamlin, W.Va. 

The incident, which took place last Thursday, resulted from a request from the sheriff’s department to use the bus to secretly transport nine officers to the scene of a drug bust. Wilkinson said he was surprised by the congregation’s negative reaction because just three months ago the state police used the bus to arrest nine people and no one complained, so he didn’t think it would be a problem to use the church bus in the same capacity again.

The bust resulted in three arrests. Lincoln County sheriffs said the bus allowed the officers to surprise the suspects.

Although Wilkinson has agreed to resign as the church’s pastor, he says he has “no regrets” and would do it again. 

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  • Dail

    What is wrong is that he should not be forced to resign. If it was o.k. for the state why not the county

  • Monua

    People need to just chill out.

  • sam harm

    The same people that want him to resign are probably the same people who complain about the drug problem and he needs to do something about it. Or they are related to the people he busted.

  • Michael A Sommerfeld

    I think it would be great for the church to be involved in helping law enforcement this way.

  • http://napadofoundation.com/ Donald G.

    From a Biblical standpoint, I believe a case could be made that the church property should NEVER be used by any governmental agency for any reason. I suspect that using church property in such a manner would violate some tax laws if nothing else. Law enforcement agencies have many other options than commandeering private non-profit church property. In my opinion the pastor needed to resign and I see a real conflict of interest with someone being a pastor and a police chief and a mayor. Either he is called to be a pastor or he is called to be a public official but how could he possibly be effective as both?

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