Some church members from the Greater Cornerstone Baptist Church are wanting their pastor out. Pastor Willard Jones is accused of stealing nearly $1 million from the community center the church helped build. On Sunday morning some church members held a silent protest that was heard loud and clear.
“They have a group of people that have stepped up and rally to tell this man that he is wrong and he don’t need to be in that pulpit,” said Mrs. D, a former church member.
Emotions were running high during Sunday’s service at the Greater Cornerstone Baptist Church in West Tulsa. Certain members held a silent protest in hopes of forcing Pastor Jones to resign from his position.
Deacon George Wilson III is among those wanting Jones out of the church. He said the criminal charges filed against Jones caused spiritual pain to many who believed in him.
“A lot of these people are discouraged and hurt that they can’t trust this guy, that they had been trusting with their money time and efforts,” said Wilson.
In mid- August Pastor Jones was indicted on embezzlement charges. Federal investigators accuse Jones of transferring nearly $1 million from the Greater Cornerstone Community Center’s accounts to the church’s accounts, and then using the cash to pay for construction on his home, mortgage and luxury items.
“Whether or not he is proven guilty or not I think if you are involved in controversy he should step aside, until all this stuff is cleared up,” said Jill Cox, church member.