Pastor Paul Lewis cries as he is told his case will go to trial


Pastor Paul Lewis cried. And they certainly weren’t the tears of the redeemed as they enter the Promised Land.

The embattled reverend, who was last year slapped with carnal abuse charges, wept when he heard that he will have his day in court to answer to the charges.

According to reports, Lewis started crying even before the ruling was made in the Savannah-La-Mar Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday, will face the Westmoreland Circuit Court on October 11.

Lewis, who is accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl, had his $300,000 bail has been extended.

The popular pastor, who baptized jailed dancehall artiste Ninjaman, years ago, has a massive following, both locally and overseas, through his The Messengers For Christ Ministries World Healing Centre.

His lawyers are reported as saying that they are “appalled and disappointed that the matter has been committed to trial".

Allegations against the pastor are that last June, he met the 15-year-old at a convention in Little London, Westmoreland, where he was a guest preacher.

He reportedly exchanged telephone numbers with the girl, and in a subsequent meeting, took her and her 14-year-old friend with him on a trip to Clarendon.

On their return to Westmoreland, the girls stayed with him at his Negril hotel. It was during that night that the alleged sexual encounter took place while her companion watched.