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I am the Pastor/Teacher of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church in Minford, Ohio since August 2008.  I am married to Charity since June 14, 1969.  I have four grown children.   Having served in the local church for over forty years as Pastor/Teacher, Asso., Youth Pastor, Minister of Education, Building Upkeep, Camp Director, Sunday School Teacher, etc. Also I have worked in the public place for as many years as I have preached. Charity and her sister are co owner of Union Mills Conf. (Bakery) in West Portsmouth Ohio

Preachers Living in nice Houses: so what?

I have always heard that preachers should live in a hut, or a shack, or at least that show he and his family our humble.  Well Charity and I have lived in some of the really bad houses. Does that make us humble? No just mad. Preachers and churches have allowed us to live in some of the worst places a person could live in.  And give us the so little money to live on that Charity and I had to have  another job to make a living.  


Why don't we expect doctors and lawyers, and CEO to live in run down houses where they you have to trap and get rid of 100's of mice every year.  100x11 years = how many. So why should preachers? 

Now, Steven Furtick is spending a lot of that money on a 16,000 square foot house in Weddington. It has 7 ½ bathrooms, according to building permits, which put the contract value of the house alone just shy of $1.4 million. The land cost another $325,000, for a total cost of more than $1.7 million.


If a preacher lives in a nice home people will say he is taking the money from the church. Hate that.

Charity and I have lived in some trashy houses. But we have made them look very nice in the end.

But to be honest we have had some very nice houses.  In Connersville, the church built us a new home and gave us a nice salary to live on. And Charity and I didn't have to have another job. That was nice until the pastor fired us.

When we lived in Altoona, the church moved us to a house that was really not very good. But then a member gave us the money for a down payment for a house. Then a member worked  dirt cheap to help us fix it up. And then the church gave us a salary that help pay for it. 

Boy I wish I could write a book and sell it.  I could be another John MacArthur, or John Piper or a David Jeremiah!  Now they have others to write their books.  Well they take their sermons and turn them into books. (And I am so glad they have their books and tapes I love them)

If a preacher can honestly build a nice house, wear good clothes and drive a good car that is good for him to do that.  Its another matter in any profession to not to do otherwise.


Well all that I can say about this matter.