Pastor Charged with Murder and Incest

By Marcia Dixon
The Voice (United Kingdom)
August 18, 2008

AN AMERICAN preacher was arrested for murder, sodomy and incest whilst holding a revival at the Inspiration Tabernacle Church, in Jackson, Alabama.

Police stormed the small revival church where father of eight Rev Anthony Hopkins was preaching on July 28, armed with guns, and arrested him in front of the 50-strong congregation.

They had received a tip off from Rev Hopkins' 19-year-old daughter, who told police at a child Advocacy Centre what had been happening at her home.

The teen had allegedly been a victim of her father's sexual advances. She informed police that he had killed her mother his wife.

Police raided Rev Hopkins' home and found a body in the freezer. Forensic tests have yet to be undertaken to ascertain how and when his wife died.

Neighbours described Rev Hopkins as a man who liked to keep himself to himself. However, he was charismatic and had a prophetic and preaching ministry.

It was due to recommendations from members of the Inspiration Tabernacle Church, that its pastor, Beverly Johnson, invited Rev Hopkins to host a week-long revival. It lasted just one day due to his arrest.


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