First Baptist Church in Weslaco has sent the BGCT a check to reimburse the convention for church-starting funds that were used in a questionable manner. The BGCT has received that check and will put the money toward church-starting efforts.
Here’s the release, with a bit more information.
First Baptist Church in Weslaco returned $26,550 in Baptist General Convention of Texas church-starting funds that were used in a questionable manner.
The funds were allocated to First Baptist Church to start a congregation that would originate as a third worship service at First Baptist Church. Most of the membership of First Baptist Church never understood it was starting another congregation, and former Pastor Jonathan Becker claimed the BGCT funds as a salary supplement for leading the new church.
Last fall, Becker returned the funds to First Baptist Church in Weslaco, and the church agreed to return the funds to the BGCT. The BGCT has agreed not to seek any additional funds from the congregation. The $26,550 amount matches what BGCT records show went to First Baptist Church in Weslaco for this particular church start. Additional funds were used to support First Baptist Church’s work in starting two other churches that continue to minister. BGCT funds appear to have been used according to the guidelines in those instances.
BGCT Executive Director Charles Wade thanked First Baptist Church in Weslaco for returning the funds. The money will support BGCT church-starting efforts.
“We are grateful for the voluntary cooperation of the FBC Weslaco in this situation,” he said. “All of the funds used by the church for a purpose outside of BGCT’s church-starting guidelines have been reconciled, and we have received a check from FBC Weslaco in the amount of $26,550.00.”