Megachurch Pastor Creflo Dollar has officially released a statement following his arrest after authorities say he mildly injured his 15 year-old daughter during a disagreement at their Atlanta metro home.
Dollar, known for his extravagant way of living and presentation of prosperity in religion, was arrested by Fayette County deputies that were called to his home by his 15 year-old daughter shortly after 1 a.m according to investigator Brent Rowan.
Arguing over whether or not his daughter could attend a party, Rowan says that Dollar “got physical” with the 15 year-old leaving her with “superficial injuries.”
Facing misdemeanor charges of battery and cruelty to children, Dollar bailed out of jail the follow morning and released this statement through his lawyer Nikki Bonner:
“As a father I love my children and I always have their best interest at heart at all times, and I would never use my hand to ever cause bodily harm to my children. The facts in this case will be handled privately to further protect my children. My family thanks you for your prayers and continued support.”
It is reported that Creflo Dollar will resume his preaching duties on Sunday morning at World Changers Church International where he serves as the pastor to a community of over 30,000 members.
The website for World Changers Church International proclaims that Dollar began his ministry in 1986 where he held his first service in a local school cafeteria with only eight people in attendance.
The church has since grown exponentially with a 6,000 member New York location, as well as various other “satellite locations” located in Los Angeles, Indianapolis, Washington, Cleveland, Dallas and Houston.