April 26, 2012 – Smith County, Texas – According to Channel 19 (KYTX), a pastor has been suspended from his church duties after being arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI).
John “Jack” Logan Matkin, Senior Pastor the First United Methodist Church, has been relieved of his duties for up to 90 days following his Wednesday, April 18 arrest. He was charged with driving with an open alcohol container. He was released on bail the next morning.
Matkin had been with the church since June 2010. The church is now being led by associate pastors Mike Schutz and Rhett Ansley. Most of the church members were unaware of the incident until church services the following Sunday, when district superintendent Reverend Bill Taylor preached the sermon. While the congregation is in shock, they claim they are a “strong congregation” and are working hard to ensure that the members and the community continue to be served.
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