The two pastors received letters where the writer used Bible verses to threaten the women, leaving them concerned about their safety. One letter was left on the front door of Society Hill AME Church on June 10th for Pastor Mary Rhodes.
“Whoever wrote this letter has taken the rime to find out who I am which means you may know my children, my grandchildren, and I have no clue who you are” Pastor Rhodes said.
Four days later, Pastor Valarie Bartley received the same letter at Reevesville AME Church.
The writer, who identifies as Apostle Prophet Harry Leon Fleming, says in the letter that “the woman cannot be head of the man in church, home and the world.”
Clarendon County Sheriff Randy Garrett says he is taking the letters seriously.
“The Clarendon County Sheriff's Office is continuing their quest in attempt to locate the person or persons responsible for distributing the letters and will have deputies posted at every church that received the letter,” Garrett said in a statement. “The citizens of Clarendon County will be able to worship in peace…”
The letters may have struck fear in the hearts of the pastors, but they will not allow it to keep them from worshiping on Sundays.
“Nothing is going to stop me from doing what God has called me to do,” Rhodes said.
all i have to say is they definitely can't blame this on lightning. God Bless these people and the sanctity of their Churches. i wonder does this or these persons sit in their churches on Sunday smug and unrepentant????