A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Michael Whitsey, a Nashville-area pastor, in connection with a conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute narcotics.
Whitsey, who refers to himself as an Apostle, is the pastor of Abundant Life Christian Center, which claims to have more than 500 members in four locations in Columbia, Nashville, Tullahoma and Murfreesboro.
The indictment, filed in federal court in Nashville, covers nine transactions from May 2008 to December 2008 when Whitsey allegedly deposited $375,000 into banks. The money was “derived from a specified unlawful activity, that is, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute narcotics,” according to the indictment.
The vacant property listed to be forfeited in the federal indictment borders land owned by Abundant Life Christian Center in Murfreesboro. The church planned to build a worship facility in the area, according to the ALCC website.
WSMV-Channel 4 reported in May that Whitsey encouraged followers of the church to give money, without revealing that the church had filed for bankruptcy.
According to the ALCC website, Whitsey started the church in 2000 with a location in Antioch.
A message left for Whitsey wasn't returned early Thursday afternoon.