Christian Pastor Coerces Homeless Under His Care to Firebomb Ex's Parents' House
A pastor is back to preaching the good word after being charged with trying to incinerate the home of his ex-girlfriend’s parents.
Fellowship Baptist Church Pastor Mike Lewis stands accused of prodding three homeless people into lobbing Molotov cocktails at the Vacaville, CA house last week. The three individuals, who were under the care of Lewis’s church, were immediately arrested, but police also arrested Lewis shortly after under suspicion he had coerced them into committing the crime.
Ex-girlfriend Sarah Nottingham says that the attacks would be consistent with the long pattern of harassment committed against her by Lewis since they broke up last year; she claims he’s also vandalized her car and set fire to her shrubs. The abuse got so intense that she had to file a restraining order against him
“That’s the sickest part about it, is that this man claims to be a man of God,” she said to CBS 13. “Having this power of being a so-called pastor to a church, [it] just fed him, to hold that position of power.
The pastor steadfastly maintains that he took no part in the firebombing,
“I don’t even know what was done—I don’t know what was done to the house,” he maintained to CBS 13.
Although Lewis was quickly bailed out of jail, he will still have to return to court later this year for a criminal arraignment, where the judge will assess his culpability in light of material evidence found in the pastor’s home by police following his arrest.