Fayette pastor, woman charged with stealing $30K from church

A senior pastor at a north Fayette County church and one of his members have been arrested and charged with stealing $30,000 from their congregation, authorities said.

Kenneth Robinson and Alexis Dodson, both of Fayetteville, fled Georgia in October and were apprehended Sunday in Pennsylvania by agents of the U.S. Marshals Service, according to Investigator Brent Rowan of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office.

Robinson, 44, senior pastor of Flint Ridge Baptist Church, has been charged with two counts of forgery and one count of theft by taking, Rowan said. Dodson, 35, is charged with two counts of being a party to the crime of theft by taking, he said.

Robinson is accused of making out two money orders totaling roughly $30,000 from the church to Dodson on Oct. 17. The two then fled the state, Rowan said.

The defendants are being held in Fayette County Jail.