A California pastor, who heads a church boasting approximately 8,000 members, has denied any wrongdoing in having a candidate speak at his church.
The Modesto Bee published an article on Saturday speaking about a possible violation of church and state separation when The House Modesto featured a local candidate at a worship service earlier this month.
Glen Berteau, senior pastor of The House, told The Christian Post in an interview on Monday that he did nothing wrong in having the candidate, Stu Gilman, speak at the church.
Berteau explained that Gilman was on his church’s board and had been an active member for many years, as well as a good friend.
“He’s been on my board for years, he’s been in my church for years. He’s a personal friend of mine,” said Berteau, adding that Gilman “is a person who’s been contributing to our church in so many different ways for years.”
“I am just up there introducing my friend who would be a great person to be in [the Modesto Irrigation District Board], who is a good Christian man, godly man, serves his church.”
SOURCE: Michael Gryboski