Pastor Apologizes To Congregation For Misuse Of Church Credit Card

John J. Hunter, the pastor of First African Methodist Episcopal Church in Los Angeles, apologized to his congregants last Sunday for any embarrassment caused by disclosures that he had used church credit cards for sizable personal expenses and had failed to pay federal taxes for several years.

Hunter, 51, used church credit cards to pay for at least $122,000 in personal expenses, including family vacations, clothes, jewelry, bikes and auto supplies, the L.A. Times reported. The pastor and church finance officials said he had signed an agreement to repay the money and instituted stricter accounting policies, such as spending guidelines and more frequent audits, to guard against future problems