Pastor to preach despite embezzlement charge

A pastor who authorities said embezzled from his Grand Rapids church plans to preach there on Sunday.
AP Wire
Jan 24, 2012

The Rev. Arthur Pearson Sr. of Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church was charged in December with embezzlement. A separate civil lawsuit claims he misappropriated up to $237,000 since 2008.

Pearson’s lawyer Jerry Ashford said he expects Pearson to preach following a judge’s decision Monday.

Kent County Circuit Judge Dennis Leiber said he had no authority to decide whether Pearson should be on church property. Leiber kept in place conditions of a Dec. 30 preliminary injunction including no access to church finances.

Bernard Schaefer, an attorney for church trustees, said it will be up to church members, trustees and Pearson to work out details.

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