Pa. Church Wins Judgment against Former Pastor


September 3, 2008

EBENSBURG, Pa. - A judge has sided with the parishioners of a Pennsylvania church in their legal battle with their former pastor over church funds.

The attorney for the 19 parishioners of the Chickaree Union Church will now ask a Cambria County judge to set the judgment amount against the Rev. Randy Rugh of New Alexandria.

The Jackson Township church sued Rugh in 2006, alleging he depleted church coffers. The church is better known as the "Jesus Saves" church because of a large sign posted on it proclaiming that message.

They alleged Rugh cashed a certificate of deposit after he incorporated another church with the same name. Rugh has maintained he had the authority to withdraw the money.

A phone number for him could not immediately be found.


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