March 16, 2005

Agape pastor put on leave after arrest

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

By Mark Agee
Star-Telegram Staff Writer

ARLINGTON - Agape Christian Fellowship's board of directors placed Bishop Terry Hornbuckle on indefinite administrative leave Tuesday night and named his wife interim senior pastor.

Hornbuckle, 43, was arrested Friday and charged with sexually assaulting three former parishioners. Investigators also charged him with possession of a controlled substance after saying they found methamphetamines in his vehicle during the arrest.

Hornbuckle was released from Tarrant County Jail on Monday on $405,000 bail and is being monitored electronically by authorities.

Handing the bishop's duties over to Renee Hornbuckle will allow Terry Hornbuckle more time to focus on personal and legal matters, according to a brief church statement released Tuesday through a public relations firm.

An attorney representing the three accusers in a civil trial said that two other women have come forward saying that Hornbuckle assaulted them.

Posted by kshaw at March 16, 2005 06:23 AM