WATERLOO, ONT. Police have charged a minister in Waterloo, Ont., with stealing from his church.
The senior pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church is alleged to have stolen more than $5,000 from the church over a 16-month period from 2009 to 2010.
Waterloo police spokesman Olaf Heinzel says officers began their investigation in June after being contacted by members of the church “who were concerned about money disappearing.”
The pastor was arrested Wednesday.
Rev. Paul Hartig is charged with theft over $5,000 and due in court on Jan. 17.
Rev. Mark Harris of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Canada says Hartig has been suspended from his duties at the church until the allegations are resolved. (Kitchener-Waterloo Record)