Minister Arrested On Suspicion Of Stealing Prescription Drugs From Church Members’ Homes

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TONTITOWN (KFSM) -- A man hired as a young adult minister and music worship leader at Cross Pointe Community Church in Tontitown was arrested Wednesday (Sept. 16) on suspicion of stealing prescription drugs from a churchgoers' home in April, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Joshua David Stanbery, 39, is facing a charge of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud after a churchgoer reported he had stolen seven hydrocodone pills, 32 oxycodone pills and four Percocet pills from her home, the affidavit states.

The churchgoer and her family had Stanbery and other church members at their house several times for church events when they noticed several prescription pain medications were stolen from their home, according to the affidavit.

The family learned through members of their church that Stanbery had been going into homes and stealing medication and the church discovered that approximately 40 families had medications stolen from their home, the affidavit states.

Stanbery bailed out of the Washington County Detention Center Wednesday on $3,500 bond and his next court date is scheduled for Sept. 23, according to jail records.

According to Cross Pointe Church, Stanbery was let go earlier this year after the church found about the accusations made against him.

Senior Pastor Larry Petton issued the following statement:

"Josh Stanbery, our former Minister of Worship, resigned in March of this year and has been attending another church in Northwest Arkansas. We are praying for Josh and his family and we are dealing openly and honestly with our congregation concerning his situation."


  • Connie Filbeck-Antley

    No what is real is addiction. It is very easy to become addicted to rx pain medicine. Doctors dish it out then leave the patient to recover. Or the doctors are so gun shy when prescribing narcotics that innocent people with real pain have to go to low measures to obtain the medicine they need to stop pain. If you have never dealt with rx addiction you have no idea the pain physically and mentally it has on someone. I pray for this pastor. He needs deliverance. He needs help overcoming this problem. Throwing him in jail is just going to make it worse. I am praying for you Mr. Stanbery. I am praying for strength mentally and physically. I am praying for God’s love to surround you. Just because you are a Christian doesn’t mean you are perfect and normal things don’t bother you.

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