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Steven (Stevie) Flockhart, pastor of 901 Church near Memphis, Tennessee, is accused of opening a credit card in the name of one of his parishioners and using the card to purchase items for himself. The credit card was opened three years ago, but the church member, Dana Mark McCall, didn’t notice anything amiss until September when he noticed that his credit score had dropped dramatically. Upon inspection the member found that he owed roughly $6400 for a PayPal card that had been opened in his name.
When confronted, Flockhart admitted to the theft. He was arrested on one count of identity theft and one count of theft of merchandise.
According to an arrest affidavit, Flockhart, 39, called the church member and asked for his personal information. The member reluctantly agreed after being told that it his information would be used to open a credit card for the church.
The affidavit also states that Flockhart faced a lawsuit in 2020 due to a similar incident at a church in Georgia. Court documents reveal that the former pastor was sued for forging documents and impersonated an account holder.
“While we do not find the allegations factual, we believe that vindication is from God and firm in His sovereignty and truth. We exist so that people would be reached and lives would be changed,” the church said. “Please pray for our pastor and his family, for the hearts of those who seek to attack him and the church, and our community.”
Flockhart appeared in court Monday (Nov. 7) and will face the court again on November 20.
Steven Flockhart, auditioned for The Voice and American Idol in 2012. He advanced to Idol‘s Hollywood Week, but was eliminated before the live shows.