January 26, 2005

Church stands behind minister

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 01/26/05

The 57-year-old minister of a Norcross-area church is charged with molesting his 3-year-old grandson, but the director of the congregation's preschool said Tuesday she believes he's innocent.

Nathan Clement Ridgeway, minister of Faith Life Fellowship, was arrested Friday and charged with aggravated child molestation and aggravated sexual battery, said Gwinnett police spokesman Darren Moloney.

Ridgeway is charged with molesting his grandson at the minister's Duluth home, police said. Police did not say over what period the alleged offenses occurred. The boy is in the custody of his parents.

Ridgeway was arrested in the parking lot of the nondenominational church on Spalding Drive, said Brenna Ehrhard, director of the church's preschool.

Ehrhard said the congregation of about 100 people is shocked and many are having a hard time believing the allegations.

Posted by kshaw at January 26, 2005 07:06 AM