The Reverend Freak

Inside the Terry Hornbuckle case

And there were a lot of good things going on at Agape under the Hornbuckles. Church leaders helped people buy homes and build better job skills. Maybe they could live in a $742,000 house, just like the Hornbuckles. He'd tell them how they could save up and drive expensive cars, such as his Cadillac Escalade. All blessings from God--though ones that came from exercising responsibility as well as faith, he was careful to note. But behind the bishop was the man. A man addicted to women, power and, in the end, drugs. It would ultimately cost him his church and his freedom.

It's hard to say when drug addiction entered his life. Hornbuckle had a bad back and had been taking painkillers for a long time. But methamphetamine--which he had in his possession when he was first arrested for sexual assault in March 2005--is a step beyond painkillers. Since Hornbuckle, his wife and the church elders aren't talking to the media, it's anyone's guess when hard drugs became a part of the bishop's lifestyle.

Sure, he'd give what he called "muscle relaxers" to his then-girlfriend and executive assistant, Lisa Mikals, back in 2003, she testified. Sometimes, he'd act a little crazy or paranoid. But meth? The bishop? Once, Mikals said, she'd even found a glass pipe in that little black bag he always carried with him. He told her it belonged to his "knucklehead" nephew. She wanted to believe him, she said. And she did.

Tony Williams attended Agape with his wife Traci for eight years. He says many of Hornbuckle's victims confided in him and his wife long before the rape allegations became public.
Tony Williams attended Agape with his wife Traci for eight years. He says many of Hornbuckle's victims confided in him and his wife long before the rape allegations became public.

But it became obvious after the arrest that Bishop Hornbuckle, not a wayward relative, was the one taking drugs. In addition to the meth that police confiscated from Hornbuckle's Escalade, they found Valtrex, a drug used to control the symptoms of herpes; Viagra; and a variety of prescription drugs. Some were valid prescriptions. Others appeared to have been prescribed to one of his elders. The bishop, it seemed, needed a lot of chemicals and had a hard time living without them--a condition of his bail.

Over the next year, Hornbuckle would have his bond revoked twice, fail two drug tests and refuse to take another. Police would book him in and out of jail four times for bail violations. Finally, after posting a $3.62 million bond in March 2006, Hornbuckle left the Tarrant County courthouse before the paperwork was finished. He was rearrested and would spend the rest of his time awaiting trial in a jail cell.

From tailored suits to jail garb, it was a long fall for Terry Hornbuckle. Terry and Renee had been at the top of the world, leading more than 2,000 people to the promised land from their 30,000-square-foot sanctuary. They were beloved, some said. Others described the congregation's dedication to Bishop Hornbuckle as something much darker.

Five women would publicly accuse Terry Hornbuckle of sexually assaulting them. The prosecutor and plaintiffs' attorney would allude to other victims, but only these five chose to subject their allegations to legal scrutiny. The accusations of three women--one of whom was also an accuser in the criminal case--are detailed in the pending civil case against Hornbuckle, the church and several of its elders. Joycelyn was an adolescent on the brink of womanhood whose sexuality had been called into question. Rosita was a grown woman expecting one of the bishop's blessings. Buchanan, the virgin, was the first to testify in the criminal trial. According to court documents, Terry Hornbuckle used his position as their bishop to lure each of them to him. After all, Agape was their church home.

The Bath

A well-meaning friend steered 17-year-old Joycelyn into Hornbuckle's hands, according to her complaint filed in court in December 2004. She claims the bishop sexually assaulted her on two occasions.

In July 2004, a friend of Joycelyn's called Hornbuckle to express concern that Joycelyn might be a lesbian. Hornbuckle reportedly told the friend to drop Joycelyn off at the Sonic near Mayfield Road and Highway 360 in Arlington. Come back at 10 p.m. to pick her up, he told the friend. At the Sonic, Joycelyn climbed into her bishop's car, and they started talking.

"Hornbuckle was very concerned about the possibility of [Joycelyn] being gay," court documents say. They drove to the bishop's house, where he told the girl to take half a pill and some water. Because Joycelyn "trusted Defendant Hornbuckle, as her Bishop," she did as she was told.

Then they drove to the run-down, one-story apartment building on Martha Street in Euless where, a couple of weeks later, Hornbuckle would rape Krystal Buchanan. On the way, Hornbuckle asked Joycelyn if the pill, which he'd told her was a muscle relaxer, had taken effect. Joycelyn said no, so Hornbuckle gave her the other half.

Once they arrived, Hornbuckle told Joycelyn his "homeboy" was thinking of buying the apartment property and had invested some money in it. Inside, Hornbuckle gave Joycelyn a drink--she initially thought it was water, but it tasted like "some sort of liquor." Hornbuckle asked Joycelyn to come into the bedroom to watch TV. After that point, court documents say, Joycelyn remembers only bits and pieces of what happened.

What she does remember: Hornbuckle being on top of her. Then, a flash recollection of being in the shower with Hornbuckle bathing her. She was too scared to say anything to her parents about what had happened, court records contend.

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ConsequeloAnn
ConsequeloAnn

I would like 2 shoot this garbage right in his ugly face..he needs 2 be tortured 2 death slowly..IM sorry  but this makes me sick

Eaw46
Eaw46

This is the first time I hv read this. I am 41 but I was 22 when he made me have sex with him. He gave me $120, bought me shoes and a bitter of perfume at Dillards. I was so young and shocked. I had no idea what I was walking into.

Revfoster
Revfoster

This is a very sad story! The article is very well written! My prayers go out to all of the victims. God have mercy! Christ have mercy!

Brenda
Brenda

This is so very sick.

NICOLLE
NICOLLE

I AM SPEECHLESS, AT ONE TIME IN MY LIFE I BELONG TO A CHURCH THAT WAS STRONG ON DISPLINE AND AUTHORITY ANDI NEEDED THAT IN MY LIFE AND HUNGRIED FOR GUIDANCE AND IF I COULD NOT GET AT HOME I KNEW I COULD GET AT CHURCH WHICH I GROW UP BELIEVING THIS SINCE I WAS A LITTLE GIRL MY GRAND MOTHER TAUGHT ME THIS, SO I GOT LOST IN THIS BUILDING CALLED THE CHURCH EVERYTHING SEEMED TO HAD FINALLY COME TOGETHER IN MY LIFE BUT I WAS BLINDED FOR A SEASON WHEN I GOT SAVED AT THIS CHURCH I WAS 16 YRS OLD AND WITH A BABY BOY ABOUT 2 MONTHS OF AGE, I STARTED DATING THIS GUY AND EVENTUALLY HE INVITED ME TO COME TO CHURCH WITH HIM THATS HOW I CAME ACROSS THIS BUILDING THAT WAS SUPPOSE TO BE THE CHRUCH OF GOD (APOSTALIC)UPC.I LOVE THE WORSHIP AND PRAISE I HEARD IN THESE SERVICES THE PEOPLE WAS SO LOVING AND HUMBLE AND THEY CARED ABOUT YOU AND MADE YOU FEEL LIKE SOMEBODY IN GOD.EVERYBODY SOMETIMES IN LIFE WANT TO FEEL LIKE THEY HAVE PURPOSE AND THEY BELONG SOMEWHERE, BUT THINGS BEGAN TO CHANGE THE PREACHIN OF GOD TORE YOU DOWN INSTEAD OF UP LIFTING YOU,NOTHING WAS NEVER WAS GOOD ENOUGH AND I OFTEN WAS IN FEAR OF HELL FIRE, GODS JUDGEMNT THE WOE'S WOE'S I WAS ALWAYS IN FEAR OF!!!!!BUT GOD BEGAN TO OPEN MY EYES AND SHOW ME THAT IT WAS NOT LIKE HIM THEM WAS NOT THE FRUITS OF RTHE SPIRIT THAT HE WASS TALKING ABOUT, YES I HAD SEEN MANY OF THINGS THAT WAS NOT BIBICAL THAT HE WAS TRYING TO PUT INTO GODS MOUTH WHEN GOD BEGAN TO OPEN MY EYES IT BLOW MY MIND. PEOLPE WAS BEING MARRIED WITHOUT LISENCE BECAUSE WAS SUPOSED TO ORDAIN IT THAT WAY 15PERCENT TITHES BUILDING FUND FOR A BUILDING STILL NOT FINISH ETC....TALKING DOWN TO PEOPLE IN THE WROSE WAYS MOCKING PEOPLE IN THE CHURCH TELLING CHURCH MEMBERS NOT TO MESS WITH THEIR REAL FAMILY IF THEY WAS NOT SAVE THE RIGHT WAY DO NOT VISITED THERE CHURCH ARE THE YOU WOULD GO TO HELL. I DID NOT SEE TO MUCH PHYSICAL ABUSE MORE MIND CONTROL THAN ANY THIN MENTAL ABUSE!!!! POEPLE THEIR WAS LIVING OUT OF FEAR OF SOMETHING BAD HAPPENING TO THEM IF THEY DID NOT OBEY WOMEN HAD TO WEAR LONG DRESS THEY COULD NOT CUT THERE HAIR WEAR MAKE UP MEN HAD SHAVE THERE FACE ETC..... I THINK YOU GET THE POINT!PEOPLE WAS STRUGGLE TO PAY THEIR WON BILLS BECAUSE THEIR MONEY WAS TIED UP IN THE CHURCH AND PLEASING THE PASTOR AND FRIST LADY. WHEN I LEFT THIS MESS I WAS A MESS I WAS ALWAYS FEARFUL OF SOMETHING HAPPENING TO ME AND MY KIDS, SO MUCH STUFF I CANNOT BEGAN TO MAKE SENSE OUT OF ALL OF IT BUT THANK GOD HE BROUGHT BECAUSE MY LOVE FRTO THE TRUE GOD WAS GREATER FOR MAN BUT AT TIMES I STIILL DEAL WITH RESIDUE OF BEING THEIR FOR 7 YEARS STAIRGHT THAN GOING BACK OFF AND ON FOR 2 MORE YEARS AFTER THAT. THE GULIT I FELT FOR EVEN PEOPLE WINNING OVER TO BE MEMBERS OF THAT CHURCH I LEARNED THE WINNING SOUL METHOD REAL GOOD BECAUSE IT WAS ALL WAY PREACHED AND TAUGHT ON I CAN GO ON FOR DAYS WHT DO PEOPLE USE SOMETRHING SO PRUE FOR FOOLISH GAIN MENTAL PHYSICAL MONEY ARE JUST A POWER TRIP I AM ALWAY AMAZED BY THIS???

Lihn
Lihn

this is what the love of money will do to preachers.....

kill them!

get saved again please before it's too late.

B.Gilyard
B.Gilyard

Im not so sure about all the allegations,but one thing Iam certain about.When ever you take a stand to do GOD,s will ,spreading the Word,helping others,etc.There will be spiritual attacks at its highest level. I do believe the vision of an evil spirit by the young lady.How else can you explain why so many pastors and church leaders find themselves in simular situaions.Yes its all about the decisions we make.One thing we all can learn about these things,is to always put GOD first.No I dont believe Hornbuckle is a devil, just a man who like all of us ,must never forget he,s only a man and that GOD is GOD.We must never put our guards down as did brother Hornbuckle. I predict he will rise once more with the grace of GOD,even stronger but more wiser than before!

JB
JB

When are we going to hear from God for Ourselves? Why are we not using our personal relationship with Christ to guide our lives along with linning ourselves up with Christ. All of you who say that this man caused people to fall must be People Worshipers and not Christ Worshipers. Yes he was a sad example but he does not hold salvation for people. The couple who got a divorce as said by the previous Blogger, they got a divorce because of them not this man. Also the Blogger who stated that his wife is a disgrace, How could you say that. You have no idea what she is feeling on the inside. Believe me, just because she was there to support her husband didn't mean she agreed with what he had done but I'm sure she asked herself what would Christ do? Christ was there at the trial just like she was. Christ still loves Bishop Hornbuckle and promises that he would reap what he has sow, same as his wife, I'm sure she loves him, forgives him and expects him to serve his time. She may or may not be with him after he serves his time but she is handling this like Christ would. Christians, who knows what test God may put you through. Obviously, this particular test is what God deemed appropiate for his Wife because he knows it's a part of her purpose. Think about this horrible situation and ask yourself, what would Jesus do in this situation and what does the bible say about it? God's written word (the bible) is the final authority in a Christians life and not men with titles (pastor, elder, missionary, etc.)

swyftyswyf
swyftyswyf

People (homo sapiens) have inhabited the earth upwards of 100,000 years. Organized religion has been developed over the last 5,000 years. It is time to start questioning the principles of religious authority. Free your mind and fight the lies! Religion is a disease.

Steven
Steven

I was lead to this article because I talked to a close friend that I had not talked to in some time. He was a member of this church and we drifted apart as he and his wife deemed me a bad spirit I suppose. For each time we would get together they were always talking about getting rich and buying expensive things because God wanted that for them. I basically told them I don�t believe that God works that way and that I would never ask God for anything like that. Conversations became fewer and fewer until we stopped talking period. Some years later I found out that he and his wife divorced. I guess not getting rich was a reflection on being with her husband now. This man wrecked a very good friend of mines life. I had not spent one day in their church and knew he was not preaching for God.

enayb
enayb

I'm glad he got convicted wasn't enough years for me. He's a disgrace to the body of christ and so is his wife. They ought to throw away the key on him!!!!

Linda
Linda

I am speechless to say the least. Men and women need to fear God once again. We as ministers are to be examples to the lost and teach them about repentance and not prosperity.

James
James

God reveals sin & the devil conceals it. Praise Him!!

Karman
Karman

It is stories of this nature that cause sinners to say "if that is God I do not want to be a part of a church because all that go to church are hypocites and people that are fake." This is a wake up call to the Body of Christ! The spirit of deception is running rampant in the land. If you do not stay prayed up, fasted up and constantly in the word of God. You too will fall prey to this spirit of this deception!

Truth
Truth

@ConsequeloAnn  What would Jesus do? In reading this it seems like his lawyers didn't even try. They didn't feel the need to call any witnesses! Really? They took his money and left him hanging. No real evidence just word of mouth! No young lady or woman should be alone with any older married man. We don't know anything about these women character and integrity except that they had the freedom or they were sneaking around to be alone with this married man!!!

Truth
Truth

@Brenda The story is but that's All it is.. a story.. I thought there would be proof but no one provided any real proof...Im not saying Im for him or against him.. but youre not supposed to convict somebody from word of mouth...

elnelg
elnelg

@B.Gilyard ...did you just say that Brother Hornbuckle simply forgot he was only a man? That's it? Not God, just a man who let his guard down. And what did the women do wrong? Just be at the wrong place at the wrong time? Unwittingly, you have just explained why men like Hornbuckle exist. Sadly, you also have shown disrespect, contempt and ignorance toward women.

Truth
Truth

@enayb The bible teaches not to talk about people that way.. There is no real evidence of the crimes and his lawyers felt like they didn't need witnesses. Im sure a lot of people know all about every single one of them. Talking about throwing away the key? next time please pray before you speak because like David said even after God took his had off of saul, " I will still Not touch Gods' anointed"

Truth
Truth

@Karman A spirit did creep in but that man truly is anointed. The gifts of God are given without repentence. Singers still have their gift if they glorify our Heavenly Father or the devil. If there is a perfect preacher I would like to meet him. I agree it does not make the body of Christ look good but none of us know the whole story. Its their side, his side and the truth and none of this should've ever happened. Married people should stay faithful and people shouldn't be alone with married people..

Truth
Truth

@elnelg It doesn't matter who the man is No woman Should ever meet up with or spend time with married men. None of this should've happened but there were wrong actions on both sides.. Everyone should have been home reading their bibles and praying...

 
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