Pastor of Kalamazoo Church Charged With Assault of Church Deacon

The Rev. Stricjavvar Strickland, of Kalamazoo’s Second Baptist Church, speaks to members of the media following an arraignment in Kalamazoo County District Court in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Feb. 12, 2020. (Ryan Boldrey | MLive)

A Kalamazoo pastor was arraigned in Kalamazoo County District Court on a charge of assaulting a deacon at his church.

The Rev. Stricjavvar Floyd Strickland, executive senior pastor at Second Baptist Church, was arraigned Wednesday, Feb. 12, on one misdemeanor count of assault and battery stemming from a a Dec. 15 incident, according to court records.

A warrant for Strickland’s arrest was issued on Feb. 10, according to court records. Strickland posted a $500 cash bond with the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety Feb. 11, according to court records.

After arraignment on the charge, Strickland is due back in court for a pretrial conference Feb. 18.

Strickland spoke to members of the media following his arraignment Wednesday morning, calling the allegations “ludicrous” and saying he was assaulted first on the day in question.

“All that I did was try to prevent further assault,” Strickland said. “We look forward to defending my name in this case and prevailing in high fashion.”

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SOURCE: MLive, Ryan Boldrey