HUNLOCK TWP. — State police executed a search warrant for “allegations of misconduct” at the Roaring Brook Baptist Church on Wednesday morning.
Sgt. James Dunleavy would not disclose the nature of the investigation, citing a sealed search warrant. At least two computer towers were seized as evidence from the church on Prichards Road.
Pastor Dan Brubaker exited the church holding what was believed to be the face sheet for the search warrant as investigators were inside.
“I’m not answering any questions,” Brubaker responded to a series of inquiries.
“(Brubaker) happens to be the pastor of the church,” Dunleavy said. “At this point, we’re not ready to comment on any persons of interest.”
Dunleavy said the search warrant was executed based on an allegation that was recently reported to the Shickshinny barracks.
“We were contacted and an allegation was made and we began an investigation into those allegations,” Dunleavy said.
He would not comment if the investigation is centered on the church’s finances or other alleged offenses.
“I cannot comment on the extent of what we are searching for at this time,” Dunleavy noted.
Arden Delkanic, a church member, said Brubaker has been a pastor at Roaring Brook Baptist for more than 40 years.
“He’s one of the best pastors this community has ever had,” Delkanic said. “He walks the walk and he talks the talk.”
Delkanic said he drove to the church to find out what was going on because he was called by someone who told him there was activity at Roaring Brook Baptist.
“I thought something really serious happened,” Delkanic said.
Delkanic said Brubaker is the sole employee at the church, which he noted has a congregation of about 100.
“Once in a while, we had problems with people breaking in because it’s a country church,” Delkanic said. “It’s an honest community here. We usually don’t have any problems around here.”