Kenneth Copeland Acquires New Gulf-stream V Jet, Paid For By “Donations” From His Followers/Church and Seeks $19.5M for Upgrades and Maintenance

… an additional $17 million is necessary to help maintain the new aircraft and urged donors to prepare to give that amount as well.

Thanks to the support of his deep-pocketed partners, Kenneth Copeland of Kenneth Copeland Ministries has acquired a new multi-million dollar Gulfstream V jet that he says will help him do the Lord’s work and help him avoid having to contend with “demons” that travel on commercial airlines. 

Copeland’s ministry announced last Friday the acquisition of the “debt free” jet, which hit the market with a $36 million price tag in 1998. The ultra-long-range business jet can accommodate up to four crew members and 14 passengers in an executive configuration, according to Gulfstream. It is unclear how much Copeland’s ministry paid for the jet but AV Buyer says they currently have the lowest priced Gulf-stream V on the market priced at just under $6 million.

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“Father we thank you so and I’m asking you now sir, according to your word, bless our partners beyond measure. Yes, in the name of Jesus. For you said in 2002, ‘I’m sending you new partners who are very strong financially and they will obey me. And I will increase your longtime partners and they will obey me,” Copeland, 81, said in a prayer of thanksgiving for the new jet.”And you will not come short. And you will not fail. And you will not lack. And you will not come behind and you will not be diminished. Praise God,” he said of his donors.

On the December 29, 2015, television broadcast of “Believers Voice of Victory,” hosted by Copeland and Jesse Duplantis, the ministers explained that private jets were important to their business to help them, among other things, pray in privacy as the Lord leads and avoid unnecessary demons.

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“We’ve got to have this! The mess that the airlines are in today. I would have to stop — I’m being very conservative — at least, 75-80, more like 90 percent of what we are doing. Because we can’t get there! That’s why we are on that airplane. We can talk to God!” Copeland said.

“Now, Oral [Roberts] used to fly airlines. But even back then it got to the place where it was agitating his spiritual. People coming up to him, he had become famous, and they wanting him to pray for them and all that,” Copeland explained. “You can’t, you can’t manage that today. This dope-filled world, and get in a long tube with a bunch of demons. And it’s deadly.

“I wanted to make that clear so the devil can’t lie to you and say, ‘See them there preachers spending all that money, just fat cats riding around.’ No, we’re not; we’re in business,” Copeland said.

According to Charlie Bollinger, Kenneth Copeland Ministries’ partner and volunteer, “the Holy Spirit confirmed to Brother Copeland that the Gulfstream V was the plane the Lord had set aside for KCM.” The ministry identified the seller of the jet as filmmaker Tyler Perry. The jet was purchased and “paid in full” during Thanksgiving week.

While the newly acquired Gulfstream V jet “is in outstanding condition and is an exceptional value,” Bollinger said it will need $2.5 million in upgrades to meet new FAA standards.

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“So, as Elite CX Team members, we need to set our faith NOW on receiving that additional seed so that we can sow it within the next three to four months, as the upgrades are completed,” Bollinger urged Copeland’s donors.

He further noted that an additional $17 million was necessary to help maintain the new aircraft and urged donors to prepare to give that amount as well.

Kenneth Copeland isn’t the first mega minister to ask his flock to pay for a private plane. 

In 2015 Creflo Dollars followers gave “donations” to buy him a $70 million G650.  At first his request for a $300 donation from each follower was met with outrage.  Later the church decided that the plane was necessary for Dollars “ministry work”. 

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And in 2016, Copeland and fellow televangelist Jesse Duplantis defended their use of private planes on Copeland’s TV show ‘Believer’s Voice of Victory’. On that show Copeland called flying commercial getting in ‘a long tube with a bunch of demons’

“Beyond the purchase of the Gulfstream V and its upgrades, remember that the overall Mission 3 goal is $17 million. By sowing the balance of those funds as the CX Team, we will be sowing toward: the construction of a new hangar, upgrading the existing runway, and purchasing special GV maintenance equipment,” he said.

Local pastor among 140 johns busted in prostitution sting

 A Transport Security Administration (TSA) employee, a teacher, two attorneys and an HPD officer were also arrested as part of the sting. 

Senior pastor for the First Haitian Community Church, Ermonte Moliere was among the 140 men who were arrested during a prostitution sting by the Houston Police Department in October 2017. 

The Houston Police Department (HPD) arrested at least 140 men in a 10-day sting at a massage-parlor-turned-brothel on Westheimer. 

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Among the men arrested was Emonte Moliere, whom the First Haitian Community Church lists as the senior pastor.

Public records and the arrest complaint obtained by Chron.com match the same address for Moliere and his wife.

According to the church website, Moliere had been preaching in Houston for three years before taking his position with the First Haitian Community Church. 

Chron.com reached out to Moliere for comment, but encountered several disconnected phone numbers. A call placed to the church was not answered. 

 A Transport Security Administration (TSA) employee, a teacher, two attorneys and an HPD officer were also arrested as part of the sting. 
 The records also show that other than a minor traffic infraction, Moliere has no prior criminal history. Adam Casanova is among almost 140 men, including a Houston police officer, were arrested during a 10-day sting at former massage parlor turned brothel that was taken over by the Houston Police Department.
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Darick Favors, Bishop Known for Miraculous ‘Laying on of Hands’ Found Dead in Motel With ‘Drugs’

Favors who had been teaching at Full Gospel Tabernacle in Dallas since he was 19….

A Dallas pastor known for his miraculous “laying on of hands” ability was found dead about noon Wednesday, Dec. 13, at a Star Motel.

According to The Christian Post, bishop Darick Favors, 42,  had checked in to the motel on Monday and was expected to check out on Wednesday. He was found deceased in his room.

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Favors — who had been teaching at Full Gospel Tabernacle in Dallas since he was 19 — was allegedly found in the hotel with unknown drugs, and police have yet to determine his cause of death.

His wife shared a post to Facebook asking for people to “show [the] family mercy” and to “not interfere,” but rather to remember the good things about Favors and to pray for her and her family.

 

Chron.com reached out to the church for comment and were unable to reach anyone.

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Colorado pastor arrested for allegedly impregnating 14-year-old girl

Leach told his ex-wife “he knows he had made the worst mistake” and “it’s not like he will go around and sleep with everybody’s 13 or 14-year-daughter”…

A Colorado pastor was arrested Wednesday after he allegedly impregnated a 14-year-old girl who had his child.

Romello Leach, 22, of Colorado Springs, Colo., who is a pastor for several churches that meet at a Colorado Springs hotel, faces multiple counts of sexual assault on a child, The Gazette reported.  The unidentified girl said she and the pastor had sex twice, once in Nov. 2016 in Leach’s car and at her home earlier this year, the Denver Channel reported.

The teenager gave birth to the child on Sept. 15 when she was 15 years old. The girl reportedly did not inform anyone she was pregnant until her mother noticed her “larger belly” in May, arrest records stated.

The teenager’s mother took her to the Colorado Springs Pregnancy Center where they notified an employee that Leach was the father, the affidavit stated. The employee informed the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office of the pregnancy and an investigation was launched.

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 Romello Leach, 22, accused of impregnating a 14-year-old girl. (El Paso County Sheriff’s Office )

Leach told his ex-wife in a recorded telephone discussion that he had sexual relations with the teenager and admitted to being the father of her baby, arrest records stated.  

Leach told his ex-wife “he knows he had made the worst mistake” and “it’s not like he will go around and sleep with everybody’s 13 or 14-year-daughter,” the affidavit stated.

In a different recorded phone call, Leach admitted to an unidentified person of having sexual relations with the girl at least four times and being the baby’s father. Leach “admitted the behavior was wrong and said he was full of lust at the time,” The Gazette reported.

Leach was being held at El Paso County jail without bond. Deputies were investigating if there were any other victims of Leach’s. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.