Port St. Lucie Pastor Arrested in Prostitution Sting

By Paul Quinlan
Palm Beach Post
November 5, 2007

PORT ST. LUCIE — The founder and head pastor of a large nondenominational Christian church in Port St. Lucie was arrested Friday afternoon in connection with an undercover prostitution sting.

West Palm Beach police say Ronald McCaskill, 54, approached an undercover officer posing as a prostitute along the 6900 block of South Dixie Highway, according to an arrest report.

He agreed to pay $30 for oral sex and a massage, the report said.

McCaskill was arrested on a charge of soliciting prostitution and taken to the Palm Beach County Jail. He left jail late Friday night after posting $250 bond, booking records show.

McCaskill and his wife, Linda, are founders and Senior Pastors at the New Life Christian Center, a nondenominational Christian church headquartered in Port St. Lucie with a half a dozen locations in St. Lucie County, including a children and youth center, according to the church's website.

McCaskill could not be reached for comment. Church employees referred all questions to McCaskill's West Palm Beach attorney, Flynn Bertisch. Bertisch could not immediately be reached for comment.

"Ron utilizes his 30 years of experience with people to vividly Challenge congregations and audiences as he speaks nationally and internationally on compelling subjects," the website says in a section entitled "About the Pastor."

Included among the six topics listed are "Christian Living," "Leadership" and "Marriage Relationships."


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