Bryan Church Moves On Amid Scandal

By: Meredith Stancik Email
By: Meredith Stancik Email

Accusations surrounding a well-known Bryan preacher, have sparked a struggle between parishioners at the church he once lead.

Police are still looking for Shiloh Baptist Church minister Kris Erskine, who's been charged with stealing from his own congregation.

He's believed to have skipped town, leaving his followers searching for answers.

It was a much quieter service Sunday at a usually vibrant Baptist church.

Shiloh Baptist Church members recently found out their pastor, Kris Erskine, allegedly pocketed $10,000 worth of church funds.

The church's deacons went to police with the accusations, but church members say they were never told of the crime.

"The majority of the church members don't know anything about it," Shiloh Baptist Church member Mae Hall said.

That has caused a rift within the church.

"It just hurts me because I even asked some of the church members about it," Hall said. "They seem like they don't know anything about it, so who should we all turn to? We asked the deacons. They won't come up to us and give us the right answers."

There was no mention of the recent scandal during Sunday's service.
However, church members say they weren't surprised.

"We need communication in that church. There's a lack of communication somewhere. We as a church family don't know anything at this time," Shiloh Baptist Church member Jacquelin Cigar said.

"I really want to know," Hall said. "We haven't had a meeting in quite a while to inform us what's going on."

Deacons wouldn't talk about the situation on camera. They say they will hold a closed church meeting to discuss the allegations against Erskine.

One parishioner tells News Three several church members are opposed to pressing charges against Erskine. They have been writing letters to the Brazos County District Attorney's office asking them to not make an arrest.

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