Here we are again. Channel 5 News (via the AP) in Nashville broke the tragic story of a James Bell, Jr, a COGIC pastor who sexually abused a young boy and most likely infected him with HIV.
SHELBYVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A central Kentucky pastor charged with sexually abusing a juvenile has told police he is HIV positive.
James H. Bell was arrested Dec. 30 after he went to the Shelby County Detention Center and spoke with police. An arrest citation said Bell told police he is HIV positive and had unprotected sex with a 15-year-old. The citation said Bell did not tell the juvenile he was carrying the virus.
State police said Bell told them he had sex with the minor “on multiple occasions” in 2007. The 47-year-old Bell is pastor of Refuge Temple Church of God in Christ in Shelby County.
According to the church’s website, Bell was the “minister of music” in the jurisdiction led by his father.
We are the church of Refuge in the heart of the city, with the people of the city in our heart. Everybody is somebody at Refuge Temple. We believe in healing, miracles and deliverance. We believe in God moving by his spirit and we allow God to have his right of way in each our services. Feel free to come and worship with us at any time, as we know that God is up to something in Shelbyville, KY and we are ready for miracles as they are on the way.
Elder James H. Bell. Jr., Elder Bell was called to preach May 12,1978. He was ordained in July, 1984 under the leadership of Bishop E.H. Ware. Elder Bell married Missionary Donya Bell on June 30, 1984 and they have 3 wonderful children. Elder Bell is the State Minister of Music for the Kentucky 2nd Jurisdiction – Church of God in Christ under the leadership of our State Jurisdictional Prelate – Bishop James H. Bell. Sr., Elder Bell is a man of great faith and preaches on the whole counsel of God.
GCM Watch offers condolences to Bell’s wife and children and to the young boy who was victimized by yet another homosexual pastor in sheep’s clothing. Although, these cases continue to mount in COGIC, neither the presiding bishop Charles Blake nor any officials of influence have had the integrity to publicly address clergy sexual abuse by its members.