A California pastor was arrested over the weekend after he was accused of assaulting his wife in the church parking lot.
According to Lost Coast Outpost, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Steve Knight said officers responded to a report of a confrontation in the Hydesville Community Church parking lot at around 2 p.m. on Saturday.
Associate Pastor Jeff Beltz was accused of hitting his wife with an open hand so hard that he broke her glasses. He was taken into custody at around 4 p.m. on charges of inflicting corporal injury on a spouse.
Beltz was released after posting $50,000 bond.
The Hydesville Community Church website indicated that Beltz was in charge of the Men’s Ministry, and had been with the church since 1996.
“The heart of his vision is to reach the Eel River Valley with the Love and the Message of Christ in this Generation,” the website said.
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