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Illinois Pastor Continues to Preach from Pulpit despite Accusations of Sexually Violating a Parishioner

An Illinois pastor who was recently charged with sexually violating a church member continues to preach from the pulpit.

Pastor Antwon M. Funches Sr., who leads the historic St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in Freeport, Illinois, was accused of violating the church member after going to their home to fix a refrigerator for them on June 18.

“He was my pastor that I trusted dearly,” the alleged victim, who remains anonymous for privacy reasons, said in an order of protection filed against the pastor. “I didn’t deserve to be violated.”

According to Freeport Police records, Funches was arrested on July 8 and posted a $750 bond the next day. As reported by The Roys Report , the order of protection against Funches orders him to cease contacting the church member’s family and “to stop spreading rumors in the church.”

The pastor would resume preaching at his church on July 11 and July 18, with no mention of his arrest. Instead, Funches opted to share messages from inspirational Scriptures, such as Romans 8:28 .

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose,” the verse states.

According to the website of The St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, Funches “formerly served as a board member of the FSD 145 School District and currently serves as vice president of the Freeport Fellowship and Ministers’ Alliance. He is also a board member of Amity Daycare & Learning Center and the Community Liaison to […]

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