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Church stands by pastor after wife's death

Posted June 25, 2008

— Former Wake County pastor Sam Wynn has the support and prayers of his faith community, according to letter released by the North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church Wednesday.

In an open letter to clergy and worshipers in the Fayetteville district of the church, Resident Bishop Alfred Wesley Gwinn Jr. cited church and state laws for his decision to appoint Wynn to the office of district superintendent.

Wynn was to start in his new role July 1. Instead, Gwinn wrote, Rev. Milton Gilbert will serve as interim district superintendent for 60 days.

Wynn, the former pastor at Holland United Methodist Church in Raleigh, is a person of interest in the June 4 attack on his wife.

Authorities said Rose Wynn, 53, was attacked 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 the next morning. She was taken to a hospital, where she died June 5.


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  • pebbles262004 Jun 26, 2008

    In most cases where there's smoke, there's fire. Maybe not is this one,but he is still a person of interest after all this time..That's not good.

  • Fuquay Resident Jun 25, 2008

    Trivr, the Methodist Church did not take their pastor who is suspected of being involved in a homicide and promote him to a new position of greater leadership and influence. He was promoted before his wife's death and was supposed to begin his new job July 1. It's no different than a teacher or LEO being accused of misconduct and being put on administrative leave. This man has not even been accused of any wrong doing.

  • Raleighres Jun 25, 2008

    Well, I guess you are entitled to your own opinion. I think he is a great man! He has done nothing but help me in my faith. He is the sole reason why I joined Hollands and I am very sad that he is not going to be preaching. I will miss him every single Sunday!

  • Bellamia Jun 25, 2008

    Great Pastor? NOT! He was a poor excuse of a pastor and I'm glad he is no longer at Holland's!

  • Raleighres Jun 25, 2008

    It upsets me that all of your comments are no better than the media. No one knows what really happened. Most of you are condemning a great man for something he hasn't been found guilty of. Who is being "evil" now?

  • Trivr Jun 25, 2008

    O.K., It's clear to me now having read the statement by Gwinn.

    The methodist church took their pastor who is suspected of being involved in a homicide and promoted him to a new position of greater leadership and influence. It's real clear!

  • momof3inNC Jun 25, 2008

    If a minister, of all people, is a 'person of interest' in a homicide investigation why would people still appoint him to positions within the church?

  • fireman1963 Jun 25, 2008

    This is the same denomination that allowed a woman preacher to have a sex-change operation and then resume her/his/IT'S duties as a minister.

    The Methodist church should remove him from his position immediately as the "appearance of evil" has tainted his testimony.

    The Methodist church is so confused about what is right and waht is wrong that the decision to support him does not surprise or shock me. That is why I left the church. The liberal minority of the church has gained control and will not abide by the will of the people - thus the Rev. Ann Gordon becomes the Rev. Drew Phoenix debacle.

    Sad. Very sad.

  • Trivr Jun 25, 2008

    O.K. Fuquay Resident, I read the article again and it's clear I guess if he was appointed to the new position before her death and if you take 'prayers' as the support referred to in the title...I did read it kinda fast.

    Yes, I do think the action taken you referred to in your post is appropriate, but I wonder what will be the next step if he is still a person of interest sixty days from now.

  • Fuquay Resident Jun 25, 2008

    Trivr, what did you mean by your comment "I think that church should be careful, they should remain neutral until the investigation is complete." The Fayetteville District of The United Methodist Church is remaining neutral. He is on paid leave for 60 days, I think that is something that should be expected in a situation like this.