Edgecombe County Church Forgives Ex-Treasurer Accused Of Theft

An eastern North Carolina minister says he is willing to forgive his church's former treasurer, who is accused of taking more than $24,000 over more than two years.

The Daily Southerner of Tarboro reported that 64-year-old Joyce Whitakers Williams of Pinetops faces six counts of embezzlement.

The Rev. Michael Barnett of New Grace Baptist Church said it was unfortunate his church had to report the incident, but he and his congregation chose to forgive Williams.

Williams resigned as treasurer in April. New treasurer Ashley Robinson says when he examined the church's finances, there was less than $200 in the account. There had been about $30,000 in the church bank account when Williams took the job in 2005.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Wanda Location: Kenansville on Aug 3, 2009 at 07:24 AM
    Pete, it's called, "vain babbling-meaning when one says they know the Lord, but their heart is far from him." Today, people are committing crimes in church and out of it at an alarming rate. Why? The Bible speaks about these times in which we ALL live. These times has to be redeemed. It's sad that people are turning to themselves. The Lord spoke and said that people are lovers of themselves and they are NOT turning to "I am" before making "poor decisions." I commend this pastor and his flock for forgiving this wounded soul. Godspeed, friends.
  • by pete Location: grifton on Aug 2, 2009 at 10:52 AM
    I believe that a house of the LORD would be the last place to even think of doing a crime.
  • by resident Location: nc on Aug 1, 2009 at 05:36 AM
    She was a grown woman who made conscious decisions to steal money from her church and fellow church-goers. It just feeds into our society's problems when we get into "forgiving" mistakes instead of allowing the consequences to teach us some lessons that were obviously NOT already learned from parents, church, school or community. We seem to be harboring the "but I deserved it" mentality that makes people believe they can take what they want or do what they want just because they "wanted it". There are an awful lot of things I "want" but I know I have to work for them or forget it.
  • by John Location: Greenville on Jul 31, 2009 at 11:13 AM
    The devil made her do it!
  • by mandy on Jul 31, 2009 at 10:54 AM
    well? even though it was wrong that she stole. . .should'nt she be forgiven?
  • by enc Location: enc on Jul 31, 2009 at 07:37 AM
    This is a feel-good story.
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