A notice to members of Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church in Grand Rapids said services were canceled effective this past Sunday until further notice.
The Rev. Arthur Pearson Sr. was charged in December 2011 with embezzlement. A separate civil lawsuit claims he misappropriated up to $237,000 since 2008. His lawyer claims the church has no legal authority to shut out its members.
Pearson was due back in court today on the criminal case.