Ex-pastor pleads no contest to larceny charge

The former pastor of an Ottawa County church pleaded no contest to a larceny charge Friday for using a church credit card for personal use.
Aug 30, 2014


Gary Petersen's plea deal means he'll pay $4,000 in restitution and serve probation with community service. He gets no prison time, and an embezzlement charge was dropped.

Petersen was pastor of Wellspring Community Church in Georgetown Township when he used a church credit card, which other church leaders didn't know about, to pay for a 2010 cruise with his wife in Rome. Petersen also used it to pay for a resort vacation in Avon, Colo. He paid for personal meals and shopping trips with it, too.

At his scheduled sentencing on Oct. 6, the judge will indicate how long Peterson's probation will be, according to the court clerk.



Where's his precious Lord and Savior NOW?


oh, I don't know, sounds like he got a pretty sweet deal to me..."He gets no prison time, and an embezzlement charge was dropped".

I'd be a lot more impressed if he got hit by a bolt of lightning on a clear blue sky day.


Religion means nothing.


I like the hip soul patch on his chin, just wish he had a real soul. Cool dude man, real model to look up too. Does God take vacations? So why would the middle man need too? Just diggin it man.


Double dribble.


Well it looks if compared to other Bible figures. Peterson is not as bad as King David was. Solomon had 1,000 wives and I'm sure a few of them were 14 years old. The religious leaders of that time frame were much worse than he is. It looks like he got away with it pretty good, had it been any of us lay people we would have gotten greased.


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