published Thursday, September 15th, 2011

LaFayette pastor arrested on theft charge

A LaFayette pastor turned himself in Wednesday amid allegations that he was involved in stealing money from a 64-year-old woman in his wife’s care.

Roger Morgan, pastor of North LaFayette Baptist Church, was charged with theft by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, authorities said.

Morgan’s wife, Christi, was the legal guardian of Jackie Humphrey. Christi Morgan was arrested in August after she was suspected of taking more than $165,000 from Humphrey’s account, an arrest warrant shows.

Roger Morgan knew that his wife had bought their Chickamauga house using Humphrey’s money, according to the GBI.

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BOOBOO99 said...

This is why we dont goto church...Too much corruptions in todays churches...A lot of the Pastors are either crooks drunks child molesters. This guy should never preach again.. I bet the church members wonder now if their weekly donations is going to pay his car pmt or his light and water ..This guy is a joke.

September 15, 2011 at 12:04 p.m.
barbiedolljo said...

Not everyone in church is saved. Just because someone goes to church doesn't make them a Christian anymore than standing in a garage doesn't make them a car. Being a Christian is a life changing relationship. Sadly, some "pastors" aren't called to be that. But there are many great men and woman out there living a Godly life and ministering with sincerity. Don't lump all churches or all pastors in together. ALL churches aren't bad. After all, they are filled with imperfect people. Just like you and me.

September 15, 2011 at 12:53 p.m.
harrystatel said...

Wonder if he's received his invitation to Mayor Littlefield's fund raiser?

September 15, 2011 at 12:55 p.m.
Livn4life said...

I am a pastor and hurt for all involved in this situation. But to say all churches or pastors are bad because a few make huge mistakes is sad. When most others do wrong it seems people want to show them some grace and understanding forgiveness. Let a church leader go bad and piling on piles up. We are all human, all subject to temptation and all could in the wrong instance fall on our faces. I'll bet the person who did the condemning earlier in a post has never done anything in his/her life to hurt someone else, never lied or cheated, never misled sommeone else or did anything wrong. If so, keep on piling on. If you have done any of the above, I fail to see your right to judge someone else. There is one judge and that is the Lord. This man, his wife and all of us will stand before the same Lord one day and we will all give an account. Churches, their members and pastors may be corrupt in many cases, Jesus Christ is not. He is what faith really is about and I believe he had strong words to say to anyone who judges anyone else.

September 15, 2011 at 1:25 p.m.
bearhunter said...

the church might want an aduit see what the pastor took from it.

September 15, 2011 at 1:44 p.m.
chatttn said...

Well Holy Crap...pun intended. But seriously, it is sad when something like this happens how it affects everyone one else's attitude toward the church. No one is perfect but some really just really don't seem to care who they hurt.

September 15, 2011 at 1:51 p.m.
dao1980 said...

The reason a thieving pastor is many steps beyond being acceptably covered by the bland "we all do wrong" philosophy is that a pastor makes his living off of the trust of his congregation.

His people trust him for the accuracy of his message and he is paid for instructing folks as to how they should live their lives.

In my humble opinion, anyone working as a leader in the church should not receive monetary compensation for the spoken word.

Church be a much more visited place by all if it wasn't so centered upon opiating the masses into "tithing" their lives away upon man's promise that God wills it.

September 15, 2011 at 2:38 p.m.
inquiringmind said...

If you have a problem with hypocrites in the church, come on down, we have a spot on the front row for you.

September 15, 2011 at 3:02 p.m.
harrystatel said...

My secular leaders? I have no leaders. I don't need them.

I do have people I admire like Lysander Spooner, Benjamin Tucker, Ayn Rand, Ron Paul, Robert Ingersoll, Walter Williams (not the local ex-judicial miscreant) Jeffrey Tucker, Andrew Napolitano, Ludwig von Mises, Barry Goldwater (except for his hawkishness in Vietnam), Ben Franklin, Harry Browne, John Locke, Frederick Douglass, H.L. Mencken, Murray Rothbard, Walter Block, Ray Bradbury, Mark Twain, Karl Hess, Robert Heinlein.

These people were and are freethinkers and libertarians — not neo-cons whose war-mongering and fascism stinks as much their desire to control people's bodies in the bedroom and choices of what they ingest, who they voluntarily associate with, and who they freely choose to do business with.

What makes you think I like Al Gore? I wouldn't cross the street to piss on his stomach if his guts were on fire. Same for Henry Kissinger and Deadly Dick Cheney. Same for Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi. Same for Ghaddafi and Karsai.

I don't need any stinking leaders. I am sovereign by birth. I don't use force or threat of force, but will in self-defense. My right of self-defense pre-dates the US Constitution. It is the right of everyone to defend themselves, whether from oppressive government or oppressive religion.

You may claim to be a libertarian, but from your past posts you're a neo-con, a "Kill a Commie for Christ" or "collateral damage" is OK if it's innocent Muslim women, children and old men. Bomb 'em all and let My One-True God sort 'em out; the type who wants small government unless its corporate fascism, but want to live large in people's personal lives.

So call yourself a libertarian, but the only person you're fooling is yourself. Your ignorance of libertarian ideas is only matched by your cognitive dissonance in your postings.

September 15, 2011 at 4:59 p.m.
Frustrated said...

Reminds me if Richard Nash of Richard Nash Ministries. These guys should be ashamed of themselves.

September 15, 2011 at 6:08 p.m.
Livn4life said...

Wow I do wonder just how "free" some of the folks on here who appear to be angry really are. In the end, everyone is looking for someone or something they can believe in. If it is merely yourself and your deal, that's your freedom. But all the vitrol spewed is sad and reflects what personal politics being spread all over the media does. So many who judge some of the leaders current or past based on junk you see in the media just do not get the whole idea of misinformation. Whom do you trust these days?

September 15, 2011 at 6:18 p.m.
harrystatel said...

"Whom do you trust these days?"

Not pastors who drive expensive cars, live in new mansions, have a church that looks like "Six Flags Over Jesus", steal from others, and defend thieves.

September 15, 2011 at 6:37 p.m.
Grandmom said...

My daddy became a minister following his conversion to Christ. He left a high paying job to take a little mountain church that paid $6.00 (six) a week. He worked at a pulp wood mill run by a mean man to offset starvation. I remember him coming home with bloody hands and Mom would wash them and take the splinters out. He was good to the man who hated Christians like some do but he loved Jesus and he had a heartfelt mission to reach others. He later went into the evangelistic field and usually came home with less than he had when he went. He didn't care - he wasn't for sale. He had cancer and even though he was too sick to be out of bed, he'd still go and visit men he knew needed God. They all came to his funeral and most of them were crying. They knew he cared. It hurts to see people turn off to ministers and church just because a preacher goes bad. We never hear about the thousands who were like my dad. We don't stop going to the doctor because a quack gets arrested. Why turn away from church or thumb your nose at ministers just because we only hear about the bad.

September 15, 2011 at 11:25 p.m.
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