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Prineville Oregon Pastor Sued by Faith Leaders Preaches Forgiveness
by Sandy Kromeir - The Oregon Herald
  Saturday April 22, 2017 - 12:14 PM
 
PRINEVILLE, David Fisher had prepared on a recent Sunday for the congregation he pastors in Prineville was about a topic he said God told him that it needed to hear: forgiveness.

Last October, the congregation at Faithpoint Ministries separated with the Oregon District of the United Pentecostal Church International. Fisher then became pastor with control of the Pentecostal church building. The district filed a lawsuit saying that his selection as pastor was wrong, and he had illegally taken over the church building.

"There is hurt, absolutely," said Fisher, a 38-year-old dental assistant who has the support of the congregation to lead the church. "The people are stressed, and you can see the hurt in their eyes and hearts. How they've been treated by the district and their pastors over the last several years — those things hurt. But we just need to look over them and forgive and move forward."

"There is hurt, absolutely," said Fisher, a 38-year-old dental assistant who has the support of the congregation to lead the church. "The people are stressed, and you can see the hurt in their eyes and hearts. How they've been treated by the district and their pastors over the last several years — those things hurt. But we just need to look over them and forgive and move forward."

"We get nothing from them — no recognition that we're alive," said Bill De Ascentis, who attended Faithpoint Ministries of Prinevilles. Former pastors have resigned, he said, and they left the church locked for months until a replacement was sent.

Photo: Pastor David Fisher, center, leads a prayer during a service at Faithpoint Ministries of Prineville last Sunday. “The people are stressed, and you can see the hurt in their eyes and hearts. How they’ve been treated by the district and their pastors over the last several years — those things hurt. But we just need to look over them and forgive and move forward.” (Ryan Brennecke/Bulletin photo)

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