Winterville pastor arrested in Tennessee on theft charge

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WINTERVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – The pastor of Ignite Church located in Winterville was arrested in Tennessee on a theft charge.

Officials say Pastor Jake Moore was arrested Wednesday by the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office on a theft charge ranging from $10,000 to $60,000.

He was placed in the Anderson County Detention Facility under a $10,000 bond. Moore had posted bail by Thursday.

Pastor Jake Moore of Ignite Church released the following statement:

“I was shocked to learn of this allegation which relates to a disagreement with the leadership of a church in Clinton, TN with which I was previously employed. I took immediate steps to return to Tennessee and address it. I am not guilty of this single charge, am retaining legal counsel in Tennessee, and intend to vigorously defend myself.  I am very grateful for the support of the leadership of Ignite Church and look forward to continuing to serve its members and this community.”

Ignite Church also released a statement in support of Moore but said they would be taking precautionary measures.

“We continue to believe the best for Pastor Jake in this matter, believing that he is innocent and will be vindicated. However, we have taken several precautionary measures, simply due to the nature of the charges against Pastor Jake, not because we believe there to be guilt or wrongdoing. We have removed Pastor Jake’s ability to make any financial expenditures or transactions of any amount with the church funds and we have also implemented further accountability structures surrounding Pastor Jake’s responsibilities with the church. While this is difficult news to deliver, we believe Pastor Jake is a man of integrity and honor, and we are committed to support him and his family throughout this process.”

According to Ignite Church website, Moore joined Ignite’s staff in January of 2020. 

No further information was released at this time.

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