A man apparently looking for God will not find him at Jackson County Baptist Church on Memorial Drive in Jefferson since he was served a criminal trespass warning for disrupting the service on Sunday, according to a Jefferson Police Department incident report.
Church members physically removed the man from the church prior to an officer’s arrival. He reportedly interrupted the service by standing up and walking around, talking loudly to other people, and even walking on the pulpit during the pastor’s sermon. The suspect left the church property before the officer’s arrival, but left behind his driver’s license, a dictionary and a yellow writing pad that was “filled with random words and violent phrases,” the report states.
The responding officer went to the man’s address and spoke with him about the incident. He said he was looking for a church and decided to visit Jackson County Baptist Church.
He claimed that he was only walking around during the service looking for a hymnal and at one point put his hand on the pastor.
The officer served the man a criminal trespass warning and told him if he returned to the church, he could be arrested.
The officer wrote in his report that the man appeared to be “somewhat disoriented and annoyed that (he was being) issued a criminal trespass warning.”