February 07, 2005

Pastor granted bond in molestation case

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 02/08/05

About 50 supporters of a Norcross-area pastor accused of molesting a young male family member rejoiced Monday when he was granted bond.

Gwinnett Superior Court Judge Melodie Snell Conner, saying she knows Pastor Nathan Ridgeway is "not an extremely wealthy man," set the bond at $50,000.

"We can handle that," a member of Faith Life Fellowship Church said quietly, to no one in particular, from the back of the courtroom.

Supporters, wearing yellow ribbons, had been prepared to post an even higher bond to free their minister, maintaining he is innocent. One parishioner offered $250,000, another $50,000.

Several had offered their homes to back the bond, said one of Ridgeway's six siblings, Phil Ridgeway, holding a pile of financial statements.

Posted by kshaw at February 7, 2005 10:59 PM