Michigan Pastor Found Shot Dead in Woods Months After Resigning Over Financial Misconduct Investigation

A Michigan church mourns after its former pastor was found shot to death in the woods near his home.

The Benzie County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the death of John Clark, pastor of West Side Community Church. Police say Clark died from a single gunshot wound in the head.

Authorities are unsure if Clark shot himself or, if someone else shot him, whether it was accidental or intentional.

Before his death, Clark was facing criminal investigation regarding financial misconduct at his church. He resigned on Aug. 29 after an audit of the church uncovered financial irregularities.

Church staff announced to the congregation on Sept. 8 that Clark had resigned, stating:

“Recently, our board of elders initiated an audit into our finances. This audit identified some financial irregularities which led us to seek counsel. We were advised to make the difficult and painful decision to turn our findings over to local law enforcement who began a formal investigation. At that point, Pastor John Clark submitted his resignation. There are no further comments at this time.”

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SOURCE: Charisma News