Sidney church responds after far-right pastor's arrest

Seaborn Larson

A Sidney church rejected the resignation of its pastor following his arrest for DUI and carrying a concealed weapon while allegedly under the influence last week, according to the Fellowship Baptist Church’s website.

Jordan “J.D.” Hall, 40, pleaded not guilty to the charges in Sidney City Court that resulted from a May 11 traffic stop by Sidney police around 11 p.m.

Hall is pastor at Fellowship Baptist Church and publisher of a far-right website. In a statement posted Monday to the church’s website, which itself is owned by Hall’s Gideon Knox Group, Hall claimed the inebriation noted by the officer in the arrest report was due to a “documented vitamin D deficiency.”

Police reports state Hall’s preliminary breath test showed no alcohol in his system.

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Neither the church’s statement nor the police report indicate where Hall was driving at 11 p.m. or why he was doing so during a vitamin deficiency episode.

According to the church’s statement, Hall tendered his resignation to the church the day after his arrest, but deacons and elders met Sunday and rejected the resignation because no alcohol was found in his system

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