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Wake Co. pastor is person of interest in wife's homicide

Posted June 6, 2008
Updated June 8, 2008

— A southern Wake County pastor is a person of interest in the homicide of his wife, officials said Friday.

Hoke County and Wake County sheriff’s deputies Friday evening searched Pastor Sam Wynn’s home, at 4701 Holland Church Road in Raleigh. The home is owned by the Holland United Methodist Church, where Wynn is a pastor.

The church is across the street at 9433 Ten Ten Road.

Authorities said Rose Wynn, 53, was attacked Wednesday night at a home at 595 E. Lake Ridge Road in Raeford. The couple's 10-year-old son, Christopher, who had been staying at the home with her, found her unconscious Thursday morning.

Hoke County Sheriff Hubert Peterkin said Rose Wynn’s injuries were definitely the result of being attacked.

Rose Wynn was taken to a hospital. She was taken off life support Thursday night, they said.

Rose Wynn had been living at the Raeford home for several months. Sam Wynn did not live at the home, but would sometimes stay there on weekends, Peterkin said.

Wynn was recently promoted by the bishop to the Fayetteville District of the United Methodist Church.

Wynn is scheduled leave his post as pastor at Holland’s in two weeks.

Sam Wynn has been at Holland UMC since 2005. Prior to that, he was the senior pastor at St. Marks in north Raleigh, according to Wynn’s biography on Holland United's Web site.

Sam Wynn is also a former Methodist district superintendent in New Bern.

He has also been a pastor in Pleasant Grove, Clarkton, Bluefield and at Grace UMC in Fayetteville.

In 2006, the Garner News named him "best pastor."


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  • Raleighres Jun 6, 2008

    We have only known Sam for about 7 months but he has truly been an inspiration in our lives. He has displayed nothing but a wonderful image every moment we have been around him. He officiated our wedding on May 10, 2008. During our premarriage counseling he was so great at listening and helping us solve the problems in our differences for us to have a healthy marriage. We will truly be heartbroken if he has any involvement in this. We are praying for you Sam and we want to thank you for changing our lives for the better...we love you!

  • colliedave Jun 6, 2008

    isn't that the main time a pastor works?

    You must be joking. There is at least a day, if not more in sermon prep time. Working with the other pastors in planning the Sunday service. At to that dealing with parishoner's issues. Going to board meetings. Prayer.

  • WRALblows Jun 6, 2008

    Sam Wynn presided over my wedding at St. Marks. I really would find it astonishing if he was responsible for something like this. It really isn't in his character.

  • illegals--GO HOME Jun 6, 2008

    It took a bit of evidence for a judge to sign off on a search warrant....waiting to hear more.

  • Bellamia Jun 6, 2008

    Sam was the reason I left Holland's. I felt the church was always in a turmoil. Just a very bad experience for me and my family. I really can't say anything good about him.

  • Fuquay Resident Jun 6, 2008

    He only stayed there sometimes on weekends, isn't that the main time a pastor works? I wonder what the son was able to tell investigators.

  • luvdogs Jun 6, 2008

    Well, I had bad experiences w/ Dr Wynn and never really cared for him (and know of others that felt the same way). I do hope, however, for Christopher's sake that he didn't do this. Rose was well thought of.

  • Scubagirl Jun 6, 2008

    more info please

  • wufpack Jun 6, 2008

    I cannot believe Pastor Sam would do something like this. He is the most amazing Pastor and helped my family out so much while he was at St. Marks. Praying for you Pastor Sam..............