The following cases are killings of church leaders or of their staff. Many deaths appear to be revenge for adultery or sexual abuse. Other incidents may result from parasitic crime, meaning that victims were preyed upon by offenders they were already involved with. Thus, many murder victims were themselves involved in illegal behavior, and MOST deaths were unrelated to their religious affiliation.
- St. Mary Missionary Baptist Church, Jackson, MS. Anthony Watts (pastor) was killed during a carjacking of his pickup truck. He was allegedly lured to help with a crashed (stolen) motorcycle, and then was shot several times by escaped prison inmates. Pastor killed and carjacked while trying to help man who may have escaped from jail, Mississippi police say.
- Living Waters Christian Church, Opp, AL. Kelvin Burks (pastor) was found dead in his kitchen. The day an Alabama pastor was murdered, his friend noticed something unusual.
- West Virginia and Maryland correctional systems. Shawn Eric Hall (prison chaplain) was murdered and only his skeletal remains were found. Police believe he was being scammed by someone he went into business with, whom he had met at the prison. Pastor tried to help man police say killed him, his friends say.
- Unidentified online church, West Garfield Park, IL. Marisol Berrios (pastor) was murdered in her home during home invasion to rob her of rent she had just collected for her apartment building management. The weapon was a knife, though she was also beaten, and the suspect also stole her car and purse. The suspect was someone she previously had assisted.
- No identified church, East Nashville, TN. Jamal Moore (pastor) met his killer in a city park. The male suspect approached him in the victim’s own car after having met on a “social networking app.” He was stabbed in the neck area but had likely also been driven over and was found in a grassy area. The autopsy report stated the pastor also suffered a bitemark. The victim’s vehicle was also stolen. Autopsy reveals new details about January stabbing in East Nashville.
- Capleville United Methodist Church, Memphis, TN. Autura Eason-Williams (pastor) was shot during an alleged carjacking in her driveway. She was dragged from the vehicle before it was driven away, though she was run over in the process by an adult perpetrator. A juvenile was also alleged to be involved in the crime. Teen charged with 2022 murder of Memphis pastor indicted for same-day carjacking.
- East Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, Houston, TX. Ronald K. Mouton Sr. (pastor) was shot during an alleged episode of road rage carried out by an Uber driver. Bond set at $500,000 for man accused of killing a Houston pastor in a road rage incident.
- Newnan Chapel UMC, Newnan, GA. Marita Harrell (assistant pastor) was stabbed and burned by an ex-convict she mentored. An Atlanta Pastor Was Killed by a Man She Mentored.
- St. Peter Catholic Church, Covington, LA. Ruth Pratt (church worker) was beaten and then set on fire by a man just out on parole in this double homicide. Covington priest, parishioner murdered days after accused killer violated parole.
- St. Peter Catholic Church, Covington, LA. Otis Young (retired pastor) was beaten and then set on fire by a man just out on parole in this double homicide. Covington priest, parishioner murdered days after accused killer violated parole.
- First Baptist Missionary Baptist Church, Sioux City, IA. Daniel A. Harden Sr. (pastor) died by blunt force trauma inside of his apartment, which appeared to have been used by transients. Police release name of body found in Sioux City apartment.
- Harmony Freewill Baptist Church, Ada, OK. David Charles Evans (pastor) was shot and killed allegedly by his wife and him and his wife’s lover. The wife confessed. Oklahoma Pastor’s Wife and Their Alleged Lover Arrested for His Murder.
- Higher Dimensions Fellowship Church, Decatur, GA. Kevin D. Nick (pastor) was shot multiple times as he drove his motor vehicle in what was believed to be a case of mistaken identity. A 16-year old male was arrested. Some people say he may have been living a double life, since the shooters asked if he was ‘Terrance’ just before they shot him, and the shooting happened near an isolated wooded area. Police: Local pastor shot and killed near church.
- Mt. Mariah Baptist Church, Melvin, AL. Tim Pearson (pastor) was shot by an 18-year old female. The pastor’s son has also been arrested for the homicide and the shooting of his mother. Teen arrested in connection with murder of Alabama pastor.
- Starrville United Methodist, Starrville, TX. Mark Allen McWilliams (pastor) was shot dead at his church on a Sunday morning when he was confronted in a restroom by a man. After the shooting the man stole the pastor’s pickup truck. The pastor who was armed was not able to defend himself. The man was on the run from a shooting incident the night prior. Sheriff: Pastor Dead, 2 Hurt in Shooting at Texas Church.
- Reformed Presbyterian Church, San Diego, CA. Noah Shepherd (pastor) was shot to death. His wife has been arrested and charged with his murder. Deputies Say Lemon Grove Mom of 2 Small Children Murdered Pastor Husband.
- Street pastor; Highpoint, NC. Robert Booth (pastor) was shot to death just outside his home. He had been ordained only days prior to his death. High Point police canvass for information on local pastor’s murder.
- Unidentified church, Killeen, TX. Patrick Warren Sr. (Pastor) was shot by police during a “wellness check.” Unarmed Black Pastor Having Mental Health Episode Is Killed By ‘Aggressive’ Texas Police Officer After Family Called for Wellness Check.
- Harmony Free Will Baptist Church, Ada, OK. David Evans (pastor) was shot dead in a hotel allegedly by his wife and a man with whom he was having threesomes. After Oklahoma pastor’s murder, wife and alleged accomplice in love triangle arrested.
- Rim City Church, Waterbury, CT. LaRhonda Jones (pastor) was allegedly killed in her condo in an apparent murder-suicide by her retired police officer husband. Deaths of Couple Found in Condo Unit Ruled a Murder-Suicide.
- Liberty Temple Baptist Church, Detroit, MI. Kelvin Wheeler, Jr. (pastor) was shot by a stranger after having stopped at a red light. It was thought to be a case of mistaken identity. Beloved youth pastor and dad murdered in Detroit.
- New Birth Harvest Outreach Ministries, Miami, FL. Gregory Boyd (pastor) was shot to death in the parking lot of a shopping mall. It is believed that he was not a target of the shooting, but caught in crossfire by two warring groups. 2 arrested in killing of Miami-Dade pastor Gregory Boyd.
- New Hope Christian College, Eugene, OR. Blake Augusta Schaufler (pastoral student) was shot in his apartment in a case involving a sexual rival. Eugene murder victim was studying to become a pastor.
- Edmondson Heights Church, Southwest Baltimore, MD. Shelton Justin Stanley (deacon; treas & youth ministry leader) was found shot in his home in Pikesville, Maryland. He was robbed and killed by a former student who may have been “staying with him.” Dunbar assistant principal killed in Pikesville home, Baltimore County police say.
- First Moore Baptist Church, Roanoke, TX. Glenn Barber (children’s pastor) killed by his own son by stabbing. Oklahoma Man Captured Stabbing Pastor Father.
- St. Paul Lutheran Church, Fort Dodge, IA. Allen Henderson (senior pastor) died in a stabbing outside of a church during an robbery for his cell phone. Pastor Killed Outside of Fort Dodge Church Was Also Chaplain For Law Enforcement, First Responder Agencies.
- New England Pentecostal Ministries, Pelham, NH. Luis Garcia (minister) was killed by being shot in the neck while at home. The alleged offender has a lengthy criminal record including for drug arrests and is the victim’s stepson. Londonderry Man Charged in Minister’s Murder Had Drug History, Records Show.
- The Lord’s Vineyard Fellowship, Pueblo, CA. Cecilio “Roman” Ortiz (pastor) was killed by his own son after struggling over a handgun. The son was alleged to have been involved in drug use. Report Sheds Light On Slaying of Pueblo Pastor Roman OrtIZ.
- Unidentified church, Indianapolis, IN. Christopher Lee Smith (pastor) was shot to death inside an Indianapolis bar where he was attending his bachelor party. Arrest Made in Murder of Man Killed in Indy Bar After Family, Friends Gather For Vigil.
- Oak Harbor Baptist Church, Oak Harbor, FL. Louis Warren Reese (deacon) killed in a crash following a carjacking which occurred during a café robbery. The car crashed into a power pole. Charges Upgraded to Murder Against Man Accused in Jacksonville Church Deacon’s Death.
- White Oak Hill Missionary Baptist Church, Selma, NC. Vondell Bethune (deacon) was shot dead by his male roommate after being asked to move out. Johnston County Church Deacon Shot to Death in Home, Roommate (Second Cousin) Charged.
- Our Lady of Fatima, Summit’s Oratory Prep, Westfield’s Holy Trinity, Kenilworth’s St. Theresa, North Bergen, NJ. John Capparelli (defrocked Catholic priest) killed by a gun blast to the neck. The victim was “credibly accused” of sexually assaulting teenaged boys, which led to his defrocking. He suffered a wound to the neck. According to the police he also employed male prostitutes. Suspect Identified in Murder of Defrocked New Jersey priest.
- Unidentified Catholic church, NJ. John Capparelli (suspended priest) was shot dead in his kitchen. He was accused of sexual assault by nearly 24 young men, thus leading to his suspension from religious duties. His death came only about a month after a list of “credibly accused” priests was published for sexual misconduct. Police describe motive as robbery based on a confession of suspect to his girlfriend. Ex-Priest Accused of Abusing Dozens of Boys is Found Shot to Death in Las Vegas.
- Justice International Church of Deliverance Ministries, North Las Vegas, NV. Dwayne Collins (pastor) stabbed allegedly by his son in the home’s front yard. He died a week later. Police: Son Quoted Bible After North Las Vegas Pastor’s Stabbing. The Son Was Quoting the Bible.
- Central Islip church, Shelter Island. Paul Wancura (pastor ret.) died in a home invasion robbery. He was bound and jewelry was taken. Police Still Searching For Clues in Shelter Island Priest’s Slaying.
- Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church, Memphis, TN. Brodes Perry (executive pastor) killed in “a domestic situation.” The suspect (a certified anger management specialist) “screamed ‘you broke my heart’ as she shot the victim. She was subsequently arrested on charges of first degree murder. Pastor Killed, Wife Injured in Collierville Shooting Thursday Night.
- Unidentifed church, Spartanburg County, SC. Simeon James Frazier (Apostle) was allegedly shot by his step-son, who has since been arrested. He was charged with “murder, use of a weapon during a violent crime and felony possession of a firearm.” Deputies Arrest Man Accused of Shooting, Killing Pastor in Lyman.
- Springfield Baptist Church, Springfield, GA. Almond Turner (deacon) was shot to death at a family event and his nephew has been arrested. The victim was an anti-violence advocate and retired police officer. Death of Beloved Former Assistant Police Chief, Beloved Fixture in His Community Leaves a Void, But His Spirit Still Felt.
- Gum Neck Church of Christ, Tyrrell County, NC. Hank Rose Jr. (deacon) was shot dead by his 17-year old son. Tyrrell Co. Teenager Charged In Father’s Murder.
- New Bethany Missionary Baptist Church, Jackson, MS. Anthony Finch Longino (pastor) killed in front of his church by a 22-year old robber. Second Man Arrested In Shooting Death of Mississippi Pastor.
- Archangel Michael Coptic Orthodox Church, Piedmont, SC. Kyrillos Zakay (aspiring deacon) shot in a robbery attempt. Second Suspect Arrested In Tragic Piedmont Shooting of 15-Year-old Boy.
- Unidentified church, Amarillo, TX. Tomas Mateo (pastor) was killed outside his home. One year later, Amarillo police look for answers in murder of Pastor Tomas Mateo.
- Repairers of the Breach Christian Center KC, Kansas City, MO. Tanisha Harris (associate pastor) murdered by her husband who looked “everywhere” for her. Overland Park Minister Was Strangled By Her Church Elder Husband, Court Docs Say.
- Sanford Memorial Baptist Church, Brodnax, VA. Nancy Alford (Sunday school teacher & pastor’s wife) murdered during a home-invasion robbery where she was beaten and the home set on fire. Her husband barely escaped. 2 Arrested in Death of Pastor’s Wife During Home Invasion.
- Anthony House, Diocese of Rockville Centre, Roosevelt, NY. Patrick Logsdon (deacon) Mineola, NY. Police: Suspect Arrested In Stabbing Death Of Beloved Long Island Deacon Was Using Alias In Tennessee.
- Second Baptist Church, Kalamazoo, MI. Aniya Mack (choir member) murdered by her boyfriend in retaliation for her relationship with the minister. Murder Suspect Cites Relationship With Pastor As Motive.
- Center of Adoration, Oak Cliff, TX. Jesse Valero (youth pastor) was found beaten and stabbed outside his apartment. Police Have Few Leads In Case Of Murdered Dallas Church Singer, Youth Pastor.
- Abundant Life Church, Byron Center, MI. Dale Cross Sr. (former pastor) found murdered in the street only blocks from home. Family of Slain Byron Center Pastor: ‘We Want Closure’.
- New Hope Baptist Church, Ensley, AL. Sylvestor Poole (deacon) killed by shooting and found dead in the cab of his pickup. The suspect and victim were not acquainted. Suspect Charged In Murder Of Church Deacon.
- Episcopal Church of the Messiah, Central Islip, NY. Paul Wancura (priest) died from injuries due to a home invasion. He had been tied up and found between the bed and wall of his home. Long Island Priest Murdered.
- Archangel Michael Orthodox Church, Broadview Heights, OH. Dennis Lucak (deacon) died in a double homicide along with his wife. He was shot to death and his son, who has “mental health issues,” has been arrested. Police: Son in Custody As Person of Interest In Double Homicide of Deacon, Wife.
- Episcopal Church of the Messiah, Long Island, NY. Paul Wancura (priest) was found tied up between a bed and the wall. Long Island Priest Murdered.
- Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Fall River, MA. William “Bill” M. Costello (retired priest) was “found shot” in Santa Monica, Texas. He had been under investigation by the Rhode Island State Police, but no charges were ever filed and the church kept secret the purpose and nature of the investigation. The Bishop requested that he “retire early” which he did. “Costello allegedly was investigated there for paying a young man for sex and may have been tied to a network of gay Catholic priests.” 1) Remains Found Near Santa Monica Are Those of Retired Priest With Troubled Past. 2) Former Mattapoisett Priest Found Dead in Texas.
- Episcopal Church of the Cross, Ticonderoga, NY. William “Liam” T. Brown (organist) was found in the LaChute River, face down. He was known to bring transients with drug and alcohol problems into his home. Ti Shooting Victim’s Dad: He Tried to Help the Wrong People.
- Victory Outreach Church, Salinas, CA. Herbert Valero (pastor) murdered by a man suffering mental illness. Salinas Pastor’s Killer Pleads Guilty.
- United Methodist Church. James Boyd Chewning (retired pastor) was bound with zip-ties and beaten to death by his two granddaughters. Duct tape covered “his mouth and eyes.” Granddaughters Now Charged in Death of Midlands Man Duct-Taped, Beaten by Family.
- United in Christ Baptist Church, Apple Valley, CA. Willie Hunter (associate minister) was stabbed multiple times by a teen female during an altercation. She also stole his car afterward. Girl, 16, Held For Stabbing Death of Church Elder in Apple Valley.
- Valley Assembly of God, Loveland, CO. Scott Von Lanken (pastor) was shot while working as a security guard at the time of his murder. Denver Police Say Suspect Shot RTD Security Officer While He Was Talking To Two Women Near Union Station.
- First Missionary Baptist Church, Prattville, AL. John Wesley Brown (pastor) murdered in an argument over cutting of grass. Autauga Man Accused of Killing Pastor Indicted On Murder Charges.
- Rahamis Ministry International Church, Boston, MA. Raphael Michael Happy-Ikenwilo (pastor) killed by hitting him with car and then stabbing him 13 times. Offender claimed pastor had spiritual control of his wife. Windsor Mill Man Sentenced To 50 Years in Baltimore County Murder of Pastor.
- Path Ministries Christian Church, Memphis, TN. Torey Taylor-Gillard (deacon) was stabbed inside his own home. A woman (his alleged girlfriend) has been charged with murder. Woman Charged With Murder of Memphis Deacon.
- Holiday, FL. Lillian Meyer (organist) was killed by a man she invited to stay with her, but the offender had apparent mental health problems. She was stabbed to death along with another female roommate. ‘I Just Have A Hard Time Being Rejected,’ Says Two-Time Killer Accused in Third Death.
- Kingdom Restoration Center, Baltimore, MD. Latrina Ashburne (associate pastor) shot down outside her home in “a witness retaliation scenario. Police Seek Person of Interest in Pastor’s Murder.
- Unidentified church, Hanford, CA. Abraham Gaspar-Reyes (associate pastor) killed in love triangle by his ex-girlfriend who helped lure him to a remote site, a rural orchard. Bakersfield Couple Convicted of Murdering Hanford Pastor Who Was Ex-BF of One of the Offenders.
- Ebenezer Baptist Church, Macon, GA. Brandon Parker (pastor) killed in domestic altercation. Police: Pastor Fatally Shot, Girlfriend Arrested.
- Grace Worship Center, Durham, NC. Jamie Daniels (pastor) gunned down in the street. Vigil For Slain Durham Pastor Renews Calls For Community’s Help.
- St. Peter’s Missionary Baptist Church, Dayton, OH. William B. Schooler (pastor) shot in the church office. Brother arrested. Slain Ohio Pastor’s Brother Arrested in Fatal Shooting.
- Redeemed Outreach Center, Phoenix, AZ. Jack Moriarty (pastor) a former convict was murdered in a home invasion after he had started to use drugs again. She Fell in Love With Pastor Jack For His Generous Heart, Not Knowing it Would Get Him Killed.
- Lily Baptist Church, Ensley, AL. Odell Jackson, Jr. (deacon & security guard) was assaulted by his stepson, which led to a fatal heart attack. Stepson Vharged in Death of 80-Year-Old Slain Church Deacon, Niki’s West Security Guard.
- San Jose Catholic Parish, Albuquerque, NM. Hector Javier Aguirre Camacho (deacon) was run down by teen males trying to steal his contractor work van. He died after two months in a coma. When the suspects were arrested, the gang members were allegedly high on drugs. Five Teens Charged in Killing of Church Deacon.
- School Sisters of St. Francis, Milwaukee, WI. Margaret Held (Catholic nun) stabbed in double homicide with a male suspect who was living in a nearby shed. After the killing the suspect stole her car. Suspect Confessed To Killing Ky Nun.
- Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, KY. Paula Merrill (Catholic nun) stabbed in double homicide with a male suspect who was living in a nearby shed. After the killing the suspect stole her car. Suspect Confessed to Killing Ky Nun.
- Living Water Christian Baptist Church, Decatur, GA. Gerald Foster (deacon) was shot by two offenders, one male, one female. The victim was found in a stairwell and the motive is not known, though one is a “convicted cocaine dealer.” Accused Killer of DeKalb Church Deacon Booked in Jail.
- St. Augustine Church, Jacksonville, FL. Rene Wayne Robert (priest) was shot in the head when he told troubled suspect he was trying to help that he would have to go back to prison. It’s Life in Prison for St. Augustine Priest’s Tormented Killer.
- Kingdom Restoration Center church, Baltimore, MD. Latrina Ashburne (associate pastor) killed in a case of mistaken identity. Baltimore Teacher’s Aide Killed in 2016 Was Not Intended Target, Prosecutors Say.
- Unidentified church, Shelby County, TN. Andre Jones (deacon) was killed in a burglary attempt, where the suspects first cut the electrical power and shot him once confronted. His home may have been targeted due to a mistaken belief that he kept church offerings there. Investigators Searching For Clues in Unsolved Murder of Former Shelby County Deacon.
- Mt. Olive Church, San Francisco, CA. Teman L. Bostic Sr. (bishop) allegedly stabbed to death by his son. Son Arrested in Brutal Stabbing Death of Menlo Park Pastor.
- Central Baptist Church, Detroit, MI. Anthony Tolson (church musician) was shot as he left the church in a Christmas Eve carjacking. The vehicle was later found burned out in another area of the city. Inside the car were the remains of Christmas presents and the victim’s bass instrument. One of the three offenders had a long criminal record. Their motive was alleged to be robbery for the victim’s expensive tire rims. The victim was a “world-renowned bass player.” 1) 2 Men Bound Over For Trial in Detroit Musician’s Murder Case. 2) One of 3 Men Accused in Musician’s Christmas Eve Slaying Sent to Prison.
- Beautiful Feet World Impact Center. MD. Connery Dagadu (pastor) was strangled by man who “heard voices and kills demons.” Demon-Possessed Man Kills Ma. Pastor During Spiritual Cleansing, Police say.
- Church of the Redeemer Episcopal, Houston, TX. Isaac Tiharihondi (priest) was bludgeoned to death along with his wife and child. The offender used a baseball bat, hammer, and a lamp as weapons. The offender is the pastor’s son, a US Marine. Minister’s Son Accused of Killing Dad, Wife, Half Brother.
- Unidentified church, Chicago, IL. Odell Branch Sr. (deacon) was an unintended victim of a gang shootout, dying inside his own home. Chicago Beacon Killed, 3 Wounded in Apparent Gang-Related Gun Battle: Report.
- Margaret Jack Sliger (organist) was stabbed by a juvenile male who hid her body in some bushes outside her house. The offender was confronted by her “for riding his four-wheeler in her cow pasture shortly before the murder.” Juvenile Pleads Guilty to Killing Elderly Hawkins Woman (Video).
- Raleigh General Hospital (chaplain), Beckley, WV. Ronald Browning (pastor) was killed at his home. A woman was arrested. Murdered pastor often helped others dealing with grief.
- Bible Church of God, Boynton Beach, FL. Corey Jones (musician) was shot by a plain clothes police officer who was subsequently convicted. The victim who had car trouble was approached by the officer alongside the roadway. The officer shot the black man six times as he ran from who he thought was a carjacker. The officer never identified himself as a police officer. The victim played the French horn in the church band. He was also a drummer. Former Florida police officer found guilty in killing of musician Corey Jones.
- Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church, Houston, TX. Michael Irving (sound tech) was shot in the head on church grounds. Church volunteer linked to wire fraud murdered.
- Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Charleston, SC. Clementa Pinckney (pastor) killed in the mass murder of nine members of the congregation. Obama Delivers Eulogy At Funeral For Slain Charleston Pastor.
- New St. Louis Park Baptist Church, St. Louis, MO. Darron Washington (senior pastor) was shot twice in the head and wrapped in bedding, thus indicating a sexual homicide. The victim’s motor vehicle was also stolen, and the victim’s apartment was also set on fire. St. Louis man is charged in the Liberty shooting death of pastor.
- Redeemed Outreach Center, Phoenix, AZ. Jack Moriarty (pastor) was killed during a home robbery. Phoenix man arrested in murder of pastor who helped the homeless.
- Redeemer Episcopal Church, Houston, TX. Isreal Ahimbisibwe (pastor) was killed along with his wife and son at their apartment. Police: Pastor, wife and son found dead in west Houston apartment.
- Unidentified church, Houston, TX. Donald Frazier (pastor) murdered when confronted at his home by a paranoid methamphetamine addict. Man Sentenced to 50 Years in Prison For Murdering Pastor.
- St. Bernard Church, Briceland, CA. Eric Freed (priest) killed by blunt force injuries in the parsonage, and there were signs of forced entry. The victim’s motor vehicle was also stolen. Eureka Priest Killed; Suspect Arrested.
- Prospect Park Missionary Baptist Church, Whitehaven, TN. Don A. Smith (pastor) was killed by gunshot near a pond. His wallet, watch, and car were missing. Convicted offenders described a prostitution transaction to facilitate auto-theft. The pastor wanted sex with both the male and female suspects. Some amount of sex did transpire. 1) Murdered Memphis Pastor’s Family Seeks Answers in Wake of Shooting Death. 2) Woman Pleads Guilty To Role in Murder of Memphis Minister.
- Bayshore Baptist Church, Bradenton, FL. James Tripp Battle, III (pastor) was shot by a neighbor who believed he was having an affair with his wife, whom he also murdered. The offender was purportedly “suffering a delusional disorder at the time of the killings.” Bradenton Man Found Guilty of Murdering Wife, Pastor and Neighbor.
- Mount Canaan Baptist Church, Chattanooga, TN. Kenneth Johnson (associate minister) found beaten to death in a rural ditch. Female arrested. Offender says she met with the victim “to buy illegal drugs.” Victim is alleged to have asked the female for “sexual favors” which led to the killing. Police found evidence of the illegal drugs. Plea Deal Possible for Woman Accused of Murder in 2014 Slaying of Pastor.
- Pentecostal Church of God in Christ, Jacksonville, FL. Andrew Jerome Stephens (deacon) was “beaten, stabbed and shot – all to the head.” After the killing, the apartment was set afire. The victim’s property was stolen and the two suspects were caught trying to use the victim’s credit card. The female suspect had been living with the victim at the time of the incident. Pair Arrested in Jacksonville Deacon’s Death After He Allowed Woman and Baby To Stay With Him.
- Book of Acts Holiness Church, Escambia, AL. Paul Phillips (pastor) killed by his son-in-law in “a dispute outside the church.” Santa Rosa Man Sentenced To Death For Murder of Alabama Pastor.
- Macedonia CME (Christian Methodist Episcopal) Church, Allendale, SC. Willie Johnson (deacon) murdered in his home during a botched robbery. “His hands and feet were tied up” and a bag was over found over his head. Several teens arrested. SC Teen Charged in Brutal Murder of 86-Year-Old Church Deacon.
- Mother of Mercy Mission, Phoenix, AZ. Kenneth Walker (pastor) was killed when an aggressor took another pastor’s gun away and shot him with it. Police: Phoenix Priest Killed With Colleague’s Gun.
- God’s Anointed Missionary Baptist Church, Atlanta, GA. Otis Byrd (pastor) murdered in stabbing. Arrest Made in January Stabbing Death of Atlanta Pastor.
- St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, Chicago, IL. Willie Cooper (deacon) was shot while sitting in his car. The suspected offenders killed another man blocks away, less than an hour beforehand. Charges Filed in Murder of Deacon, Musician.
- Triumph Christian Center, Newport News, VA. Joseph Henry Williams Jr. (deacon) was shot in the head when he accidentally drove through the middle of a street gunfight. Man Shot, Killed in Newport News Was a Deacon, Mentor.
- Christ the Redeemer Lutheran Church, Phoenix, AZ. Mark Leroy Woodruff (custodian) was shot dead in a drive-way robbery. Man Arrested in Berks County Suspected of Killing Church Custodian in Arizona.
- Unity Church of Christianity, Scott Rogers (pastor & online evangelist) died in a murder-suicide by his male partner as police closed in on Rogers for immigration fraud. Unraveling of Scott Rogers’, Mathew Hodgkinson’s Lives Before Murder-Suicide Revealed in New Records, Maria Edwards’ Account.
- First United Presbyterian Church, Coudersport, PA. Darlene Sitler (organist) was shot by her ex-husband while she was playing the church organ. The suspect pled guilty and confessed to the killing in open court. Former Pennsylvania Music Teacher Guilty of Killing Organist Ex in Church.
- Unidentified Church, Eugene Connelly (organist) was shot in the chest while in his car. He was into rap and hip-hop culture and had been shot at in the past. Family Long Haunted By An Unsolved Murder Fears Another.
- Unidentified church, Miamisburg, OH. William “Billy” Schuler (retired minister) was killed while working as a coin dealer. He was shot in the head by a bank robber on the run. Missing To Murder: Justice For the Coin Dealer.
- All Saints Church, Durham, NC. Kent Torrey Hinkson (retired minister) was killed at a state park. The minister had agreed via the Internet to meet for sex with the male offender. The victim was strangled with a belt. Man gets 25 to 31 years in Durham minister’s death.
- Tabernacle of Praise Worship Center, Lake Charles, LA. Ronald Harris (pastor), shotgunned in front of his congregation by a church deacon for allegedly raping the offender’s wife and making continued threats toward her. The offender was acquitted by jury trial. Woodrow Karey Found Not Guilty in Shooting Death of Pastor Ronald Harris.
- Church of Christ, Benton, AR, & in nearby MS. Jimmy McClain (pastor) shot multiple times, including the head, by his step-son (son of his soon to be divorced wife) inside the home. No signs of struggle or forced entry. Step-Son Shot Ridgeway Basketball Coach Multiple Times.
- New Beginnings Church, Woodlawn Neighborhood, Chicago, IL. Ralph McNeal (pastor) was an unintended target who was standing in a crowd of onlookers when gunfire broke out. The shooter was targeting his ex-wife and sexual rival. The shooter said he was off his meds for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder when the incident took place. 130 Years For Fatal Shooting of Ralph McNeal, An Innocent Bystander Killed as Suspect Fired at Wife’s Boyfriend.
- Bethesda Healing Temple COGIC, Brockton, MA. Lee Harmon (pastor) was bludgeoned to death with a hammer during a chance meeting on the street. Harmon was riding his bicycle when he was confronted and assaulted. His Wallet Was Missing. Prosecution in Brockton Murder Outlines Hammer Attack on Pastor.
- The Glorious Church of the Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Jacksonville, FL. John Henry Bowser (pastor, apostle, bishop) was found beaten “with a hammer” by a man who was trying to “steal money to buy crack cocaine.” He was found murdered in the church parsonage. The killer who was just out of jail was looking for work so that he could afford drugs. Church Founder Beaten to Death in Jacksonville Parsonage.
- St. Bernard Catholic Church, Eureka, CA. Eric Freed (priest) found bludgeoned to death in the church rectory with evidence of torture. The suspect attempted to set the rectory on fire afterward. The victim’s car was reportedly missing. California Priest Murdered in Church Beaten to Death: Autopsy.
- Calvary Baptist Church, Birmingham, AL. Birl Jackson (deacon and youth minister) was shot dead while working at his lawn service. Police believe it resulted from a robbery attempt. 2 Birmingham Men Charged With Murder For Shooting Death of Landscaper (Update).
- Annunziata Catholic Church, Houma, LA. Connely Duplantis (deacon) was shot during an armed robbery by two teen assailants in a location where he was apparently visiting relatives. At least one of the suspects was homeless and they tried to steal the deacon’s iPhone. 1 Arrested, 1 Sought in Killing of Church Deacon in Houma.
- Calvary Albuquerque, megachurch (prison ministry), Albuquerque, NM. Greg Griego (minister) was murdered along with his wife and children was allegedly killed by his son. The minister was an ex-gang member. The killer son “reportedly spent hours hanging around Calvary Albuquerque, telling church members his family died in a car accident.” Calvary Chapel’s Tangled Web.
- Unidentified Westlake area church, Westlake, CA. Andres Ordonez (deacon) was shot by several youth vandals. Three Charged in Killing Westlake Church Deacon Outside His Church.
- Buffalo, NY. Levi Clayton (deacon) died after being “attacked in his home” during an apparent burglary. Four young men were arrested. Four Men Sentenced in Robbery/Burglary, Death of Buffalo Deacon.
- Covenant Methodist Church, Martin County, NC. James “Jim” Alan Carr (pastor) shot. Murder suspects scheduled for hearing yesterday, The two men charged with killing a former Martin County pastor slated for Pitt County Superior Court.
- NorthPointe Baptist Church, Arlington, TX. Clint Dobson (pastor) was murdered. Man guilty of killing Texas pastor was teen felon. The Offender Also Beat the Church Secretary.
- Sweethome Baptist Church, Fort Worth, TX. Danny Kirk, Sr. (pastor) was beaten with an electric guitar. Suspect began the assault by ramming car into the church building. 33-Year-Old Suspect in Pastor Murder Identified.
- Bay Shore Community Church, Millsboro, DE. Nicole Bennett (church employee) murdered by church janitor, a Tier 1 sex offender. Bay Shore Community Church, Pastor Respond to Wrongful Death Lawsuit.
- Bethel Community Church, Southport, IN. Jaman Iseminger (pastor) was shot by a mentally ill woman who was “cleared by reason of insanity.” Divided Justices Uphold Guilty But Mentally Ill Verdict in Southport Pastor’s Murder.
- Jesus Christ Holy Temple Church, Houston, TX. Vincent Dorsey (pastor) murdered charges filed against his great-grandson. Victim was killed with a sledgehammer inside the pastor’s home along with another family member, and then the home set on fire attempting to conceal the crime. Police: Pastor’s Great-Grandson Confesses to Double Slaying.
- Retired, Schenectady, NY. Mary Greco (former nun) killed in a robbery attempt at her apartment. She was choked and cut with a knife. Her rosary was not found and was perhaps kept by the killer as trophy. Briggs Sentenced To 30 To Life For Killing Schenectady Ex-Nun.
- Greater Zion Church, Compton, CA. Oscar Duncan (youth pastor) was allegedly murdered by two gang members. “Duncan was returning from dinner with his fiancé when someone in a car cat-called the woman.” The pastor “was shot once in the face after approaching the car, from which someone shouted the name of a gang.” 2 Gang Members Convicted In 2012 Murder Of Beloved Compton Youth Pastor.
- Unidentified church, Durham County, NY. Charles Forest Davis (deacon) stabbed to death during a robbery. The victim’s car was also taken. Church Deacon Murder Case Headed For Retrial.
- Holy Ghost Catholic Church, Hammond, LA. Edward Everitt (priest) found shot dead in his home with robbery the apparent motive. His wallet and SUV were missing. A maintenance man at the home was arrested. OnStar Helps Nab Suspect in Priest Murder.
- First Lutheran Church of Logan Square, Chicago, IL. Sally Katona-King (deacon) was killed during a robbery she was shoved down a stairway at a transit station. Teen Charged in CTA Shoving Death.
- United House of Prayer for All People, Richmond, VA. Anthony L. Taylor (pastor) was killed when the suspect in a police chase crashed into him at “well over 90 miles an hour.” Update: Darryl Harris Pleads Guilty in Death of Pastor.
- Unity Church, Abilene, TX. Karen Lee Johnson, (pastor) was killed by a parishioner she was ministering to at the parishioner’s home in a pre-meditated attack. The transgendered suspect had “fantasized about torturing women since the age of 10.” The pastor’s throat was slit, and she was stabbed numerous times. The offender suicided following the killing. This appears to be a sexually motivated homicide. Pastor Killed by Church Member.
- Chattanooga, TN. David Strong (minister) was bound and tortured with a stick. The offender alleged the minister solicited a sex act repeatedly for money. He was stabbed multiple times, and his throat was cut. Police were skeptical of the homosexual allegations, but one offender gave quite a detailed account. That offender also has a history of several psychological disorders including schizophrenia. Henry: ‘I Snapped’ After Strong Asked For Sex Act.
- Franciscan Handmaids of Mary Convent, Harlem, New York, NY. Mary Celine Graham (nun) was stuck by a motor vehicle fleeing police as part of a street robbery. The nun and two others were pedestrians at the time of the incident. Two Men Charged With Murder for Harlem Crash That Killed Elderly Nun.
- Greenacres Baptist Church, Spokane, WA. W. Scott Creach (pastor) stepped out to check his nursery and greenhouse business and was shot by a uniformed police officer who was in an unmarked squad car. The pastor confronted the unrecognized man and was then shot.
- New Berea Ministries, Burton, MI. Herbert Hart (pastor) was an unintended victim. Arrest made in pastor’s shooting death.
- Christ Holy Sanctified Church, Anadarko, OK. Carol Daniels (pastor). She was found mutilated behind the pulpit. Her hair had been burned. She was nude and posed in the shape of a crucifix. Thursday Marks Nine Years Since Oklahoma Pastor’s Violent Murder.
- St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church, Chatham, NJ. Edward Hinds (priest) was stabbed 44 times by a janitor he had fired. The janitor alleges he was being blackmailed by the priest in exchange for sexual favors after Hinds discovered an outstanding arrest warrant against the janitor for crimes including child sexual abuse. Church Janitor Gets Life in Prison For Fatally Stabbing Chatham Priest.
- Unidentified Presbyterian church, Hicksburg, VA. Mark Niederbrock (pastor) was bludgeoned to death in quadruple homicide. The charged offender previously had a romantic affair with the pastor’s daughter and the motive included “his perception that his girlfriend wasn’t being loyal to him.” 1) Gruesome Details Revealed in “Syko Sam” Killings. 2) McCroskey Sentenced To Life in Prison.
- First Baptist Church, Maryville, NY. Fred Winters (pastor) shot in the chest during the pastor’s sermon. Other parishioners were also stabbed when they tried to intervene. The offender who had a history of mental illness including schizophrenia was ruled incompetent by the court. ‘We Have All Lost’: Man Who Shot Maryville Pastor Found Not Guilty By Reason of Insanity.
- Marguerite Bartz (nun) was killed in a burglary of her home. Identity of Person Arrested in Murdered Nun Case Finally Confirmed; Thanks For Nothing FBI.
- St. Anne’s Cathedral Holy Church of Deliverance, Milwaukee, WI. Anne Gordon (pastor) was murdered when the suspect sealed a plastic bag on her head with duct tape and bound her extremities. He killed her because she would not give him $300 to pay for an abortion. The offender is related to the victim. Wisconsin Man Convicted Who Murdered Pastor Over Money for Abortion.
- Gainesville’s Compassionate Hospice; Pendergrass Baptist Church, Cleveland, OH. Frank Edward Harris Jr. (minister) was found dead in front of a vacant house in a possible robbery attempt. Cleveland Couple Charged; Minister’s Death Shakes Hospice.
- Church of God in Christ, Earle, AR. Ronald Paige (pastor) was found in his apartment in Raleigh. The homeless killer maintained he was fending off a homosexual advance. Mystery Surrounds Minister’s Death.
- Embassy Christian Center, Crest Hill, IL; Embassy Nation Network, Tinley Park, TX. Rhoda McFarland (associate pastor) was shot execution-style in the rear of a clothing store. Lane Bryant Mystery Deepens.
- Pendergrass Baptist Church, Gainesville’s Compassionate Hospice; Cleveland, OH. Frank Edward Harris Jr. (minister) was found dead in front of a vacant house in a possible robbery attempt. Cleveland Couple Charged; Minister’s Death Shakes Hospice.
- St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, Cincinnati, OH. Donald Fairbanks, Sr. (minister) shot outside a church in Covington, OH while attending a funeral. Suspect in Minister’s Shooting Appears in Court.
- Highlawn Presbyterian Church, Huntington, WV. Mark McCalla (pastor) was found shot in the head at a state park rifle range. Churches Mourn Pastor’s Shooting Death.
- Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Bucks County, PA. Rhonda Smith (secretary) was shot execution-style in the church office by a disgruntled and jealous female church member. Guilty: Jury says Mary Jane Fonder killed Hellertown resident Rhonda Smith.
- AME Zion Church, Great Barrington, MA. Esther Dozier (pastor) allegedly stabbed to death by her husband. Great Barrington pastor stabbed to death; husband arrested, pleads not guilty.
- New Life Assembly of God, Wellington, IN. Mark Petric (pastor) shot in the head by his son. Pastor’s Son Charged in Mother’s Murder, Father’s Shooting.
- First Presbyterian Church, Bessemer, VA. Nancy Copin (associate pastor) found murdered in the church parsonage, dead of blunt force injuries. Minister Found Beaten to Death in Virginia Parsonage.
- Unidentified Catholic church, Archdiocese of Boston, MA. John Geoghan (defrocked priest) was killed in prison where he served time for child molestation. He was found bound and gagged. Defrocked Priest Murdered.
- Clinton AME Zion Church, Great Barrington, MA. Esther Dozier (pastor) was stabbed to death by her mentally ill husband. Murdered Barrington Pastor’s Husband Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity.
- Warriors for Christ Ministries, Suitland, MD. Milton L. Moore (pastor) was shot on the steps of the church by someone living in his transitional poor home. Pastor Fatally Shot In Prince George’s.
- Fourth Street Church of Christ, Selmer, TN. Matthew Winkler (pastor) was shotgunned to death in a bedroom of the parsonage. She was convicted of voluntary manslaughter for having shot him during an argument. Wife Who Killed Preacher Set Free.
- Peniel Baptist Church, Orlando, FL. Estelien Filus (deacon) was allegedly shot and killed by his in-law. It happened after the service as they tidied up the church. The teen shooter was wearing a mask and carrying a firearm in order to steal the offering after Easter services. In-Law Charged in Killing of Deacon Outside Church.
- Crossroads Baptist Church, near Lorena, TX. Kari Lynn Baker’s death (pastor’s wife) was originally ruled a suicide. Her husband was arrested. Article Says Preacher Charged With Killing Wife a Sexual Predator.
- Ministry of Jesus Christ Church, Baton Rouge, LA. Claudia Brown (head pastor) was shot in her church along with four others. The suspect was the pastor’s son-in-law. Anthony Bell Found Guilty.
- Mr. Mann’s Blessed Trinity Baptist Church, Harlem, New York, NY. Philip Melvin Mann (pastor) was stabbed to death by a man who claimed the pastor was “making sexual advances toward him.” Arrest Is Made in Killing of Veteran Harlem Minister.
- Trinity Lutheran Church, Arlington Hts., IL. Ivon Harris (pastor) was killed in a double homicide inside the pastor’s home. He and his daughter were beaten with chairs, their throats slashed, and then set on fire. The victims were alive at the start of the fire. The suspect, who confessed, is a male house cleaner who is alleged to have been caught stealing in an attempted burglary. Housecleaner Held in Double Slaying.
- St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church; Park City; Holy Cross Ministries, Herber City, UT. Aniceto Armendari (deacon) was ambushed in a remote setting. The victim worked with new immigrants and both suspects are Latino immigrants. Deacon’s Murder Can’t Derail Couple’s Dream.
- Hollywood Baptist Church, GA. Thad John Glenn Reynolds (deacon) was stabbed at his non-religious food distribution warehouse workplace. His wife and her new alleged paramour, an assistant pastor, were subsequently arrested. One Year Later, Church Still Healing From Deadly Love Triangle.
- North Pointe Baptist Church, Oklahoma City, OK. Rob Andrew (Sunday school teacher) was shotgunned twice in the garage of his estranged wife. The wife and her new love interest conspired to murder him. How Two ‘Conservative’ Baptist Volunteers Caught Up In Wild Affair Became ‘The Sunday School Killers’.
- Landmark Baptist Church, Konowa, OK. Silas Price, Jr. (deacon) was killed in his home. The suspected offender is their foster child’s stepson. Teen Arrested in Church Deacon Murder.
- Rose James (ex-nun) was “found beaten and strangled in her…home.” She operated a hotel and was known to keep a large amount of cash. She was found dead on her living room floor, having been beaten with a fire-poker. Man Accused of Killing Former Nun Back in State.
- Redemption Refuge Tabernacle of Prayer, Louisville, KY. Glenn Elliott (pastor) was killed inside his apartment “of traumatic injuries.” Local Pastor Murdered In West Louisville Apartment.
- Unidentified Baptist Church, Macon, GA. Michael Troy Glover (pastor) was shot in the carport outside of his home. Family of 2004 Macon homicide victim ‘at peace’ after suspect arrested 17 years later.
- Salvation Army, Longview, TX. Dean Suggs (organist) was beaten to death with a hammer by a male/female couple he met at a homeless shelter in Texas. Two extradited from Florida on capital murder charges.
- Broadway Baptist Church, Webster Groves, MO. Unidentified (pastor) murdered in the church kitchen. Terrell Carter called as Webster Groves Baptist’s first African-American pastor.
- Unidentified church, Camdenton, MO. Tommy Hope (pastor) stabbed to death inside his home by a crazed stalker who authored a Christian blog who was seeking drugs. The story behind Tommy Hope’s murder in Camdenton to be featured on ‘Snapped’.
- Church at Philadelphia, Fort Worth, TX. Gregory Wayne Spencer (pastor) was “hogtied, gagged with a towel and shot in the back of the neck” at a motel. He also was strangled and had cuts to his neck. The pastor’s car was also taken, along with cash or personal items. Man Pleads Guilty to Killing Pastor.
- Archdiocese of Boston, MA. John Geoghan (former priest) was murdered while in prison for child molestation. He was strangled with a bedsheet fashioned into a ligature and then beaten about the chest. His killer was also a victim of childhood sexual abuse—incarcerated for an unrelated murder involving a same-sex sexual advance that occurred while he was hitchhiking. John Geoghan — The Pedophile Priest Killed By A Molestation Victim In Jail.
- Ursuline Convent, Hamilton, GA. Philomena Fogarty (nun) was killed and dismembered. She was first kidnapped, then bound and gagged. Norfolk Arrests Suspect in Slaying of Ga. Nun.
- Christ Church Cathedral, St. Louis, MO. Carol Bledsoe (church secretary) was attacked by a homeless drifter who slashed her throat. The church operates a ministry to the homeless. Ministry Continues a Year After Slaying at Church: Services Honor Memory of Church Secretary Who Helped Homeless.
- Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, Memphis, TN. Alfred DeWayne Hill (pastor) shot multiple times while in New Orleans, “found slumped over the steering wheel.” 1) Memphis pastor found shot in N.O. Associated Press. The News-Star (Monroe, LA), 9Aug2002. [see Newspapers.com] 2) Christians Killed in Pakistan, ‘Make Me Your Voice’ & more. 1999
- El Tabernaculo Pentecostal Church, East Tremont, NY. Angel Colon Jr. (senior pastor) shot in the head by his gay lover. Pastor had recently filed to divorce his wife. Victim’s car and ATM card were stolen. ‘Killer’: I Was Rev.’s Gay Lover.
- St. Edwards Catholic Church. Baltimore, MD. Maurice J. Blackwell (priest) was shot by the man he is accused of sexually abusing. The priest had already been removed from public service after a second victim came forward with credible accusations. Man Is Held in Shooting of Priest He Accused of Abuse.
- Our Lady of Peace Roman Catholic Church, Lynbrook, NY. Lawrence M. Penzes (priest) was shot in the back during mass. The shooter pulled a rifle from under his raincoat and fired. A woman worshiper was also killed. Priest and Worshiper Shot Dead At Morning Mass on Long Island.
- St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, New York, NY. William Gulas (priest) was shot in the chest and then the rectory was set on fire. Apparently, the suspect was disturbed by an order that he be transferred. Suspect in Killing of Priest Reported Fire in Calm Voice.
- Greater St. Matthew Baptist Church, Philadelphia, PA. Nafes Johnson (junior minister) killed by a stray bullet as he sat in a van. Suspect in slaying of pastor arrested, James McAllister, 17, turned himself in. Nafes Johnson, 19, Was Killed By A Stray Bullet While Sitting In A Van. Newslibrary.com.
- Palestine, TX. Geraldine Davidson (organist) was kidnapped by four youths. Her hands were bound and she was tossed into a river in January. Honoring A Beautiful Life, Cruelly Cut Short.
- Cathedral of Promise Metropolitan Community Church, Mather, CA. Edward R. Sheriff (associate pastor) was stabbed to death in his mobile home. Pastor was openly gay and this appears to have been an anti-gay hate crime. Two Suspects Were Seen Fleeing in the Pastor’s Car and Truck. Gay Minister Slain in Sacramento.
- New St. John Fellowship Church, Gonzales, LA. Vaniaro Jackson (deacon) was killed in a mass shooting during a church service. The shooter, who was homeless at the time, killed his ex-wife, son, inside the church and his ex-mother-in-law at her home. The deacon who was 19 was while sitting near the ex-wife victim. Three people were killed and four more were wounded. Murderpedia: Shon D. Miller Sr.
- Archdiocese of Washington, DC. Thomas Wells (priest) was killed in the rectory by stabbing of the “head and neck.” My Uncle, A Heroic Priest, Was Murdered While Cleaning Up Gay Mafia in DC Parish.
- Church of St. Matthew, New York, NY. Robert J. Lysz (priest) was bludgeoned with a “four-foot brass candle stand.” The offender was caught with credit cards belonging to the priest following the killing. He was described by relatives as “obsessed with becoming a priest.” He was seen fleeing the sanctuary wearing a “white hooded robe.” The suspect also purchased a newspaper advertisement the day before the killing asking the “Blessed Virgin” to “secure me in my necessity.” Stunned Parishioners Mourn Priest Found Killed in Church.
- St. Michael Catholic Church, Dane, WI. Alfred J. Kunz (priest) was found in the hallway of a church school with his throat cut. He was considered a controversial conservative who had his own radio talk show. He also was an exorcist, though his killing is believed related to his knowledge of priests’ sexual misconduct. Murdered Catholic Priest Knew Too Much?
- Grace Episcopal Church, New York, New York. Roger Mook (worker) was stabbed in the rectory while Sunday mass took place next door. There were a large number of stab wounds. Metro News Briefs: New Jersey; Bail of $250,000 Is Set In Church Worker Death.
- Centercrest Baptist Church, Birmingham, AL. Brian Tribble (music director) was shot at church when he interrupted a burglary. The offender’s girlfriend was pressuring him to help pay rent, which led to the break-in. Slain Center Point Music Minister Remembered.
- Thelma Scroggins (organist) shot multiple times in the head at her home. One Innocent Man Gets Six Years For Murder, the Other Life.
- Christian Faith Tabernacle Church, Middle River, MD. Samuel Nathaniel Booth Jr. (pastor) was stabbed to death in his home behind the church. He had been involved in using crack cocaine, often with underage youth. Beloved Minister Had A Secret Life That Came To Light After His: Murder The Lost Shepherd.
- Sung Lim Presbyterian Church, Queens, New York, NY. Jong Kyu Kim (pastor) was shot in what was an apparent robbery by robbers who mistook his level of wealth. They set him on fire to cover their crime. The three suspects were seeking to rob drug-dealers and prostitutes and the minister was setting out the trash. Suspects did not know it was a church. 3 Arrested In Pastor’s Death In Queens Church Robbery.
- St. James Episcopal Church and School, Hancock Park, Los Angeles, CA. David John Falconer (organist) was shot to death in a robbery outside a convenience store. When the Music Stops: Choirmaster Slain in Holdup Is Remembered Fondly.
- Valley Fellowship Church, Huntsville, AL. Jerry Simon (pastor) was shot at his office by a former parishioner with mental health issues. Alabama Pastor’s Murder Prompts Unity.
- First Baptist Church, Easton, PA. Joseph Thomas Thompson, Jr. (minister) was killed by gunshot on the street by a man using drugs to quiet his mental illness. The offender was “obsessed with Charles Manson and notoriety.” Jury Finds Bercaw Guilty In Slaying.
- St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Upland, CA. Phillip Perry (deacon) was believed killed in the USA but left dead in Mexico. His mouth was taped shut. The deacon is alleged to have been having an affair with the shooter’s wife. San Diego Man Arrested For Allegedly Killing Church Deacon.
- Fayette Church of Christ, Fayette, AL. Bill Lynn (pastor) killed during a robbery at his home. Weapon was a sword and dagger. Two robbers demanded money, jewelry, and weapons. Judge Postpones Execution of Alabama Man Who Killed Pastor.
- Apostolic Temple Church, Pacoima, CA. Carl White (pastor) murdered in a traffic accident dispute. Pair Receive Prison Terms In Slaying of Clergyman.
- First Unity Baptist Church, Chicago, IL. George Norwood (deacon) was robbed of $30 and stabbed. One arrested suspect is his alleged cocaine-using grandson. Grandson Charged In Church Deacon’s Murder.
- Unidentified Church, Lakeville, IN. Robert Pelley (pastor) was killed in a quadruple homicide that included his family members. His son (who was grounded and not allowed to attend prom) was eventually convicted. A Family Divided — Part 1.
- St. William’s Catholic Church, Guntersville, AL. Francis Leslie Craven (priest) was killed in a brutal beating and burned. The Encyclopedia of Unsolved Crimes, by Michael Newton. P. 305.
- Haven of Rest Missionary Baptist Church, Chicago, IL. John Connor (pastor) died from being beaten in his home. It is alleged nothing of value was stolen although his home was ransacked. A former church janitor, fired from his job, has been charged in this death. Pastor Who Loved Everyone Slain.
- St. Bartholomew’s Roman Catholic Church, Central City Vicar, Buffalo, NY. A. Joseph Bissonette (priest) found tied to a chair, beaten, and stabbed in the rectory. Pastor had previously counseled the suspect. 2 Buffalo Youths Arrested in Murders of 2 Priests.
- St. Matthew’s Roman Catholic Church, Buffalo, NY. David P. Herlihy (priest) found stabbed and bludgeoned in the church parsonage. He was tied to a chair. Pastor had previously counseled the suspect. 2 Buffalo Youths Arrested In Murders of 2 Priests.
- Chicago, IL. Miriam Friday (nun) was found murdered. She was clothed and found bound with shoelaces in her bathtub. She had been beaten about the head. Apparently, the suspect was a roommate she had befriended. Drifter Charged With Murder of Nun.
- St. John’s Episcopal Church, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NY. George Hoeh (pastor) was murdered. Parishioners Come to Services, Despite Arrest of Their Pastor.
- Cathedral of Deliverance, Brooklyn, New York, NY. Franklin Brewer (pastor) was found face down, his hands and feet tied, in an apparent burglary homicide. Some property was missing. There was no sign of forced entry and he may have been strangled. Brookly Minister is Found Slain in His Room at Storefront Church.
- First Church of the Brethren, Carol City, FL. Bill Bosler (pastor) was stabbed 24 times during a robbery of the church parsonage—the robber forcing his way in. Man Admits Slaying Role, Police Say.
- Southside United Methodist Church, Monroe, LA. Lea Joyner (pastor) was killed and her body found in a cotton field. Offender was judged insane. A pastor for all people.
- Rising Daughters Baptist Church, Camden County, GA. Harold Swain (deacon) and his wife were killed when a man walked into a black church. They were shot during a Bible study. Jacksonville Man Found Guilty of Church Murders.
- Unidentified church, Oklahoma City, OK. Richard Dogan (priest) was beaten to death in his apartment. Encyclopedia of Unsolved Crimes, by Michael Newton. P. 306.
- First Presbyterian Church, Buffalo, NY. Squire Haskin (organist) was beaten with a blunt object and some items had been taken. Beating Death of Church Organist Probed.
- New Harlem Christian Center Church of Christ, Harlem, New York, NY. Wilbert Johnson (pastor) was found murdered in his home. He allegedly died of blunt force and with a plastic bag over his head. His stereo equipment was missing and there was no sign of forced entry. Harlem Pastor Slain In HOme; 2 Are Arrested.
- Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Ronan, MT. John Patrick Kerrigan (priest) disappeared and is presumed murdered due to found forensic evidence. His body was never located. His vehicle was and the evidence inside his trunk including blood was located near the shore of a lake. His name was later released as having been “suspected or implicated in the sexual abuse of minors.” 1980s Franciscan priest murders.
- Unidentified church, Germantown, PA. Amos Norwood (deacon) bludgeoned to death in a cemetery. The offender said the killing was “motivated by five years of sexual abuse” by the victim. Pa. High Court Orders New Death Penalty Hearing in ’84 Murder of Germantown Deacon.
- Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Ronan, MT. Father Carrigan (priest) was found strangled with a wire coat hanger. He also had $12,000 cash in his pocket. Encyclopedia of Unsolved Crimes, by Michael Newton. P. 306.
- Clinton Immanuel Baptist Church, Clinton, NC. Dan Arnold (music minister) was beaten and stabbed on the lawn of the church. The minister’s wife and her live-in suitor conspired to murder the minister. The three were all engaged together in sexual relationships. Movie recreates infamous Clinton murder.
- Cathedral of St. James Episcopal Church, Mishawaka, IN. George Lamphere (organist) was found choked to death inside his apartment. A fire was set after his death. Mishawaka Murders to Be Featured With Paula Zahn.
- Unidentified Catholic church, CA. Ben Carrier (priest) was found asphyxiated and bound inside his motel room. He had a reputation for trying to help homeless people. The Unholy Mystery of the Murdered Priests.
- Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis, Santa Fe, NM. Reynaldo Rivera (priest) was murdered. This is alleged to be a revenge murder according to the FBI. He had been strangled with a coat hanger. 1980s Franciscan Priest Murders.
- St. Francis Church, Santa Fe, NM. Reynaldo Riviera (priest) was found shot to death on a desert highway. The Encyclopedia of Unsolved Crimes, by Michael Newton. P. 306.
- Bedford Hills Community Church, Bedford Hills, NY. Robert Butler (pastor) was shot several times at the church. Police are linking the shooting to “intensive counseling.” A 38-Year-Old Pastor Is Shot At His Bedford Hills Church.
- Macedonia United Brethren Church, Greencastle, PA. Donald Lewis Clark (pastor) murdered his wife by arsenic poisoning “to continue an affair with a teenager.” He later killed another wife in 1982 for the insurance money ($200,000). The pastor eventually suicided. Dead Pastor’s 2 Sides Shock Tiny Farm Town. Philadelphia Daily News, 6Jun1983, p. 3.
- St. William’s Catholic Church, Denver City, TX. Patrick “Paddy” Ryan (priest) was murdered by a closeted homosexual he picked up on the highway. His body was found on the floor of a motel, face down and nude, with his hands bound. Offender claimed a sexual advance by the priest. The Unholy Mystery of the Murdered Priests.
- St. Francis Convent, Amarillo, TX. Tadea Benz (nun) was murdered by stabbing and strangling. She was also raped. A Convent Nun Murdered on Halloween — True Crime.
- St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Mishawaka, IN. Gerald Gherardi (organist) was found choked to death inside his apartment. Mishawaka Murders to Be Featured With Paula Zahn.
- Chapel of the Toledo Mercy Hospital, Toledo, OH. Margaret Ann Pahl (Catholic nun) was allegedly stabbed “in the shape of an inverted cross.” It was apparent that she was threatening to report she had been sexually abused by the priest as a child. Shocking Cases of Murdered Nuns.
- St. Anne Church and School, Castle Shannon, PA. Tollin William Nicholls (organist/monk) was found dead in a lake. His body was “bound and weighted down with rocks.” He had been shot. ‘Kill For Thrill’ 40 years Later: The Senselessness of It All.
- Church of God of the First Born, Leoti, KS. Gustavo Ornelas (former pastor) was killed by another pastor. Former Leoti Pastor Convicted in Death. Hutchinson News, May 23 1981, p. 20.
- St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, Greenville, MS. Eugene Chatagnier (priest) was shot three times by a 16-year old boy. His body was found “outside an automobile repair shop.” The suspect was found with the priest’s stolen wristwatch. Mississippi Youth, 16, Is Charged With Slaying of Greenville Priest.
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- Mount Saint Joseph (convent), Wheeling WV. Roberta “Robin” Elam (nun) was victim of an apparent sexually-motivated killer. Who Strangled A 26-Year-Old Nun To Death Just 100 Yards From Her Convent?.
- Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, Washington, DC. Garnell Stuart Copeland (organist/chief musician) was stabbed as he attempted to enter his townhome. Prominent Organist Stabbed to Death in SE.
- St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Brooklyn, New York, NY. Pancratius Krieg (priest) was shot to death after suspects announcing a robbery. The telephones were cut, and bystanders were ordered to the ground. They allegedly were seeking “proceeds from a bingo game held the night before.” The offenders later testified that they were strung out on drugs, but did not expect the priest to be there. 1) Priest in Brooklyn Is Slain As 3 Try to Rob Rectory. 2) Murder Defense Tied to Drug Use.
- St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Egdard, LA. Alcide Clement (priest) was shot in the head while he napped during a triple homicide. Pastor, Nun, Housekeeper Slain in Louisiana Rectory.
- St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Egdard, LA. Mary Patrick, Harrington (nun) was stabbed in a triple homicide. Pastor, Nun, Housekeeper Slain in Louisiana Rectory.
- St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Egdard, LA. Leah Lejeune (housekeeper) was killed by cutting of the throat. Pastor, Nun, Housekeeper Slain in Louisiana Rectory.
- Queen of Apostles Church Rectory, Pennsville, NJ. Thomas J. Quinla (priest) was shotgunned to death by a gunman in the school of which he was the principal. The priest had just confronted the gunman who also shot and wounded a female school teacher. Motive Is a Mystery in Shooting of Teacher and Priest.
- Ebenezer Baptist Church, Atlanta, GA. Alberta Williams King (organist) shot and killed as she played for the morning service. She was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s mother. The suspect was a young African American man who went on a “delirious” rant in the midst of the shooting. “He appeared to be in a fever.” Alberta King, Mother of the Late Rev Martin Luther King, Was Shot and Killed Today As She Played the Organ For Morning Service.
- St. Boniface Church, Paterson, NJ. Francis Aidan English (priest) was beaten by fists and a blunt object in an apparent robbery. A petty cash box was discovered emptied. Priest, 79, Beaten to Death In Jersey Rectory Robbery.
- St. Vincent Ferrer Roman Catholic Church, Manhattan, New York, NY. Thomas Smith (priest) was killed by asphyxiation after the rectory was set afire. Man Is Indicted in Death of Priest in East Side Fire.
- Church of St. Bonaventure, Queens, New York, NY. John P. Conlon (priest) was shot dead in the basement of the rectory. Money was missing from the rectory safe. The convicted offender was Muslim but a former member of the Catholic church. Priest Fatally Shot in Queens Church.
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- Baltimore County, MD. Catherine Ann Cesnik (Catholic nun) was killed. She was believed to be “a confidant of young women who had been assaulted by the priest.” That priest was ruled out as a suspect after his death using crime scene DNA. She was found partially clothed and mutilated. She died of blunt force head trauma and choking. 1) Catholic Priest’s DNA Does Not Match Profile From Cold-Case Murder of Nun. 2) Sister Catherine Cesnik Case: With New Lead, Police Reopen Old Murder Case.
- St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, Worcester, MA. John F. Sullivan (priest) found stabbed to death inside the church rectory (living quarters). The killing is being described as a robbery. Worcester Priest is Slain.
- Martin Luther King, Jr. (pastor) was murdered by shooting due his civil rights advocacy and outspokenness against the Vietnam War.
- Unidentified Baptist Church, Marion, AL. Jimmie Lee Jackson (deacon) an African American, was shot by a state trooper in Alabama during a non-violent protest. At the time of his shooting, he was trying to protect his mother from being beaten by police. His death inspired a civil rights protest march known as “Bloody Sunday.” Biography: Jimmie Lee Jackson.
- All Souls Church, Washington, D.C. James Reeb (minister) was killed by white supremacists during a nonviolent civil rights protest. King Encyclopedia: Reeb, James.
- St. Mary’s Catholic Church Cathedral, Trenton, NJ. Richard T. Crean (priest) was killed in an arson fire of the church and rectory. Two housekeepers also were killed in the fire. Arsonist Found Guilty: Lucas Convicted of Murder for Trenton Church Fire.
- Our Lady of Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church, Jersey City, NJ. Julius Mascati (priest) was shot when a gunman came to the rectory demanding payment from one of the lady staff for work done. The priest was collateral damage. Slayer of priest unnerved in court.
- St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, Bridgeport, CT. Hubert Dahme (priest) was shot with one bullet from a small caliber handgun. A 1947 Movie Details the Unsolved Murder of a Bridgeport Priest.
- Episcopal Church of St. John the Evangelist, New Brunswick, NJ. Edward Wheeler Hall (priest) was shot execution-style in a rural ditch along with his female lover. Encyclopedia of Unsolved Crimes, by Michael Newton. P. 153.
- St. Paul’s Church, Birmingham, AL. James Coyle (priest) was shot to death. The Murder of a Priest.
- Tabernacle of Praise Worship Center, Lake Charles, LA. Woodrow Karey (deacon), murdered pastor in front of his congregation. The offender was acquitted by jury trial. Woodrow Karey Found Not Guilty in Shooting Death of Pastor Ronald Harris. 2013.
- Celebration Church’s Westbank campus, Terrytown, LA. Claude Williams (pastor) was killed by a drunk driver. Megachurch Campus Pastor Killed Along with Two Others by Suspected Drunk Driver. 2019.
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