A day at church resulted in a nearly deadly beating according to out gay student Matthew Fenner. But his life wasn’t in danger while in transit to church. Fenner says he was beaten in the sanctuary by five members of The Word of Faith Fellowship church in Spindale, North Carolina.
Now a student at the University of North Carolina, the 21-year-old Fenner told The Associated Press that he believed his life was in danger that night.
Nearly two years later, five Word of Faith Fellowship church members have been indicted for kidnapping and assault in connection with Fenner’s beating, Reports the AP.
Fenner said he had to press authorities to investigate his allegations because of the church’s influence in the community.
Booking photos have been released for the five Word of Faith Fellowship church members indicted for allegedly assaulting a former member.
Sarah Anderson and Brooke and Justin Covington are all charged with second degree kidnapping and simple assault. Anderson is also charged with assault by strangulation.
Robert Walker Junior and Adam Bartley are also charged with kidnapping and assault.
Former member Matthew Fenner alleges he was beaten and strangled by members of the church in January of 2013 because he’s gay.
All five have been released on bond.