Monday, January 14, 2008


John Amis / AP
Senior pastor of Cathedral at Chapel Hill D.E. Paulk is pictured in his home Friday Nov. 9, in Marietta, Ga. DNA tests revealed that Bishop Earl Paulk, D.E.'s uncle and the church's founder, who has been plagued with sexual lawsuits, is actually D.E.'s biological father.

Megachurch Leader Charged With Perjury

10:20 PM PST, January 14, 2008

ATLANTA -- An 80-year-old leader of a suburban megachurch who is at the center of a sex scandal has been charged with lying under oath for saying he had sex outside marriage with only one other woman, court documents show.

A warrant for the arrest of Archbishop Earl Paulk, co-founder of Cathedral of the Holy Spirit at Chapel Hill Harvester Church, was issued Monday, according to court documents. Paulk was making arrangements Monday night to turn himself in, WAGA-TV reported.

His attorneys did not immediately return calls from The Associated Press seeking comment.

Former church employee Mona Brewer is suing Paulk, his brother and the church on allegations that Paulk manipulated her into an affair from 1989 to 2003 by telling her it was her only path to salvation. In a 2006 deposition stemming from the lawsuit, the archbishop said under oath that the only woman he had ever had sex with outside of his marriage was Brewer.

But the results of a court-ordered paternity test revealed in October that Paulk is the biological father of his brother's son, D.E. Paulk, who is now head pastor at the church. As part of Brewer's lawsuit, eight women have given sworn depositions that they were coerced into sexual relationships with Earl Paulk.


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