Pastor James T. Johnson of Olive Branch Church of Leland, was arrested for indecent liberty with a child, first degree sex offense of a child, and attempted rape of a child. The key word here is CHILD. Most of the congregants knew of the allegations for over four months. Yet pastor Johnson still led the church. That seems odd.
Much of the church's congregation has known Johnson faced an allegation of sexual misconduct since it surfaced four months ago, McKnight said. But they didn't think anything was going to come of it and were surprised when criminal charges were filed this week.
It’s only now that they are worried about who will run their church. As usual, they support their pastor.
The church's assistant pastor Bobby McKnight told the StarNews Wednesday the church is supporting its pastor and does not believe the child referenced in the arrest warrant was associated with the church. But he did not return calls Thursday to comment on the congregation's plans.
I’m not sure it matter if the child was a congregant. Why would it matter? What is wrong with these people?