Controversial Pastor Loses Church Property to Foreclosure

By: Bryan Anderson Email
By: Bryan Anderson Email

Panama City Beach- After a year of legal battles involving Faith Christian Family Church's financial struggles, the property has ultimately landed in foreclosure. It was something SunTrust Bank had tried to do in May of last year, but just two days before the sale the church, under the direction of Pastor Mark Bishop, filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy.

"The market is not good, and trying to sell that type of specialized property is difficult in this type of market," said Faith Christian Church Attorney Charles Wynn.

As a part of the bankruptcy, Bishop was required to follow strict spending guidlines, but bank officials said he never adhered to them. In court documents they said he was "using the debtor's coffers as his personal piggy bank."

Up until November of last year, the financial reports he filed showed thousands of dollars overspent. Then after that financial statement, the bank said it suddenly stopped receiving those reports altogether.

Wynn said the court documents don't paint an accurate picture. He wouldn't comment on specific purchases but claimed Bishop paid back everything he spent.

"There was never any finding of fault or any type of wrongdoing whatsoever," said Wynn.

It's not known if Bishop's luxurious gated home, which he claims is a parsonage, is also in foreclosure. He didn't return NewsChannel 7's calls Wednesday. It's not clear when the church will move off the now-foreclosed property.

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  • by Richard Krauth Location: Lynn Haven on Jun 14, 2012 at 12:37 PM
    Suntrust bank is doing to this man what needed to be done years ago.Good bye.
  • by Linda Location: crestview on Jun 14, 2012 at 11:12 AM
    Need to kniow where and when I can find out about the foreclosure of the church and offer list price. I have a client that may want to purchase this building.
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      by ANON on Jun 14, 2012 at 12:07 PM in reply to Linda
      There are actually 3 peices of property located right there, you can go to the clerk of the court website for your info
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      by David on Jun 14, 2012 at 04:15 PM in reply to Linda
      Who would want that building? Maybe the land but tear the building down - it is slimy and full of sin.
  • by beach guy on Jun 14, 2012 at 10:17 AM
    Well, you got to give the guy credit for playing the system. How many years has it been since he paid property taxes on the mansion? This has been going on for a decade now, and for whatever reason the authorities cant seem to do anything about it.I wonder now that the church is foreclosed on, does that mean he has to pay the property taxes on the mansion, or will the property assesor even go after him? I know he still lives there Ive seen him there. Oh well, some people scam the system without consequences, and the rest of would have been kicked out long ago. Oh and he isnt done yet, he has another church location on Thomas Dr across from signal hill he is moving into, and the saga continues.
  • by Gloria Location: PC on Jun 14, 2012 at 09:37 AM
    It's the 1 bad apple that spoils the vine. Hopefully people will see that Bishop/Faith Christian Church is not the REAL thing. Being a Christian, I pray for his soul and the people he suckered in the past.
  • by been-n-side Location: far from his values on Jun 14, 2012 at 09:31 AM
    the gold, jewelry, cash and other items are in the house unless he's cashed it out. I saw the vault door being set. Took 6 large men to set it and would be the envy of most banks.
  • by Anon Location: Panama City on Jun 14, 2012 at 08:52 AM
    SO far most of the comments that I have read is from people that have not step foot into the church and are judging according to the rumors that have been spread by people that have not stepped foot in the church, nor even have read their Bible. The 2 Bible quotes (Matt 8:20 and Luke 9:23) are being taken out of context. that is not proof that you have to be poor.
  • by Diane Location: PCBCH on Jun 14, 2012 at 08:06 AM
    It seems like Karma is getting Mark Bishop back! He thought he was too good for the regular people and hid out in his mansion. The people who attended his church were suckered into giving their jewelry and money to him, all so Bishop could live the wealthy life. There were plenty of people who gave Bishop their gold and jewelry in the offering plate. My question is what did he do with all the gold and jewelry?? IRS needs to investigate Mark Bishop!!!
  • by Bill Location: PCB on Jun 14, 2012 at 05:41 AM
    Once the IRS found out about his money laundering he could no longer survive his fake life. What happened to Scarlett? She was hut.
  • by Anonymous Location: PC on Jun 14, 2012 at 05:34 AM
    Well, evangelical pastors keep their jobs by getting people into pews. And the best way to do that is to offer feel-good promises of health and wealth. Most people don't want to hear about Matt 8:20 or Luke 9:23. To have a gated home and not abide by spending guidelines until the church forecloses definitely doesn't feel like proper stewardship.
  • by John Location: PCB on Jun 13, 2012 at 06:51 PM
    Do people still attend church there? Everytime i drive by it looks abandon. I feel so bad for the people of that church that cunk their money in it, now to see it washed down the drain.
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