UPDATE: Church suspends Marshall pastor charged with online solicitation of a minor
MARSHALL — Raymond Earl Cooper, a Nazarene pastor in Marshall, arrested and charged last week for online solicitation of a minor, has been placed on leave from the church following his arrest.
“After seeking advice from the General Secretary of the Church of the Nazarene as well as denominational legal counsel for the Church of the Nazarene, we have placed Raymond Cooper on leave from the pastorate of First Church of the Nazarene, Marshall, Texas,” Rob McDonald, Dallas District Superintendent for the Church of Nazarene, said in an e-mailed statement.
The Dallas District hired Cooper as pastor of First Church of the Nazarene located on Pocono Street in Marshall.
McDonald said church officials consider the recent allegations concerning Cooper as “tragic.”