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UNITED PENTECOSTAL CHURCH MINISTER MACK CHARLES ANDREWS: FELONY SEXUAL CHARGES
This article was added due to troublesome allegations against former United Pentecostal Church International (UPCI) minister and pastor, Mack Charles Andrews Jr. and because there appears to be some questions regarding his affiliation with the UPCI. This article is a compilation of information found through various news sources, UPCI Directories, and information found online. Any clarifications or corrections are welcomed. As things progress, the article should be updated. The article contains numerous links to various sources, with the Thomasville Times links may only be seen if one subscribes.
Mack Charles Andrews, 55, of 21 Addie Lane in Jackson, Alabama (Clarke County) was arrested on September 25, 2013 and is charged with several felony sex related charges due to alleged acts with multiple minor girls. According to the City Of Thomasville Police Department’s Facebook Page post from October 1, 2013, he was charged with one count each of sodomy in the 1st degree, sodomy in the 2nd degree, sexual torture, rape in the 1st degree and rape in the 2nd degree. Three are Class A felonies and two are Class B. It appears that since his arrest he has spent the time behind bars at the Clarke County jail due to bond being set in the amount of $500,000. He faces possible life imprisonment.
Mack Charles Andrews was licensed with the United Pentecostal Church in 1987 from what I have been able to determine from old UPCI Church Directories. He is listed in the 1988 edition (which is more reflective of 1987) as holding a local license, which is the lowest level. He is also listed as being the pastor of the United Pentecostal Church on College Avenue in Thomasville, Alabama. At this time, the church did not hold legal affiliation with the UPCI, something that gives the organization more control over the church. It was still a UPCI church, as are all churches pastored by their licensed ministers. He is not listed in the 1987 edition. Prior to this in 1986, the church pastor was Larry G. Hinote and he was no longer listed as a minister in the 1988 edition. Below are images from the 1988 UPCI Church Directory, showing his local license and the Thomasville church.
In 1990, as reflected by the 1991 Directory, he was voted in as the Conqueror’s Secretary of the Alabama District, a term which in later years was changed to District Youth Secretary. He continued to hold the position through at least the next year (as seen in the 1992 edition). Unfortunately, I do not have most of the 1990 Directories and by the 1999 edition, which is reflective of 1998, he was no longer listed as holding any District position. The image below is from the 1991 UPCI Church Directory and shows all the elected officials of the Alabama District at that time.
By at least 1998, as indicated by the 1999 Directory, Mack Charles Andrews held the highest level of licensing in the United Pentecostal Church, that of an ordained minister. The church was no longer listed as being on College Avenue but the P.O. Box address remained the same. No physical address was given.
He last appears in the 2000 edition, which means he might have no longer been a minister as of late 1999 or at some point in 2000. The yearly Directories were compiled every fall and were issued in January of the following year. This is why listings from the year stated in each edition are more reflective of the previous year, though the ministers and churches listed could still be accurate for the stated year. In addition, District Conferences are usually held from February through August, so once new elections are made, the information in the Directories for each District could already be obsolete before each year passed.
The 2000 Directory still lists Andrews as the pastor of the Pentecostals of Thomasville Church and it remains an affiliated United Pentecostal Church as of the writing of this article. However, over the years the name has changed to the Thomasville United Pentecostal Church and later the New Life United Pentecostal Church. This name change took place well before the arrest of Andrews as seen in a May 7, 2009 article from the Thomasville Times when their building fundraiser was mentioned. The location is 621 Tyson Street, which appears to be the same as 200 Adams Avenue, another address seen in Directories and online. (The church is at the corner of Adams and Tyson.) It is located across the street from the Thomasville Police Department. The old location of College Avenue is very close to Adams and Tyson Street. Russell Brown is the current UPCI pastor according to the UPCI.org website. There is not always a pastor of this church listed in the Directories. Below are images from the 2000 UPCI Church Directory.
It is not known when Andrews first became involved in a United Pentecostal church, nor is it known why he was no longer licensed around 13 years before his arrest. Discovering whether he left voluntarily or was removed by the Alabama District would be an interesting aspect of this situation. Some ministers, when suspected of possible wrongdoing, resign their license in order to prevent further inquiry and possible disciplinary action by the organization.
Faith Christian Academy
The church has operated a school for grades 1 through 8 or 12 at the church location or possibly 634 Tyson. Faith Christian Academy “was established in 1982 and is associated through Accelerated Christian Education in Nashville” according to a Thomasville Times article from July 14, 2011. This would be before Mack Charles Andrews became pastor. From browsing honor roll and graduation announcements in the Times, it would appear that the enrollment has been low. The Academy is mentioned as late as September 11, 2014 in the Times when a young girl, in doing fundraising for a UPCI program called Sheaves For Christ, “set a new record for fundraising within the organization for Alabama”.
Prior to this in 1979, they started Noah’s Ark Day Care Center, where they utilized the A-Beka curriculum. It is not known if the day care yet exists, though it appears to have continued after the start of the Academy or a new one may have opened. The pictures below are screen shots from Google of the church property as of April 2011.
On October 3, 2013, the Thomasville Times reported that Andrews had been arrested the previous week and that “several people came forward with accusations related to the alleged crimes.” His home was searched. It was also stated that the crimes took place over a span of more than twenty years. The Thomasville police chief mentioned the cooperative efforts of “TPD, Clarke County Sheriff’s Department, Department of Homeland Security, BEST, Alabama Marine Police, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Alabama ABC and the Grove Hill Police Department.” (Some information on Alabama’s Departments of Homeland Security, Marine Police and ABC may be found here.) Due to all these agencies being involved, it appears this case may be complex. (It is interesting to note that his father lived in Grove Hill, though I do not know if that has any connection to the cases.)
The Thomasville Times reported on January 30, 2014 that two weeks prior, a Spring term grand jury indicted Mack Charles Andrews on “six indictments with a total of 21 counts” and they allegedly “occurred in Thomasville and other areas”. The bonds at that point totaled almost 1.5 million dollars. Then on April 16, 2015, the Times reported that the case was being continued as Andrews had a new attorney.
An important piece of information that might not be caught by some was a mention in the Times in their October 3, 2013 police report where they list the charges filed by the police during the week ending September 29, 2013. In the first paragraph they list the charges filed against Andrews and the beginning of the second paragraph states, “The following incident reports were also filed: sodomy, first degree and sexual torture – 621 Tyson Street”. In the Times October 10, 2013 police report during the week ending October 6 it was stated, “The following incident reports were also filed: rape, second degree, sodomy, second degree – 621 Tyson Street; rape, second degree, sexual torture – 621 Tyson Street”. This is the address of the New Life United Pentecostal Church, which if I am understanding it correctly, means that some of the charges are alleged to have happened on church property.
It is alleged that in September 1988, Andrews sexually tortured the youngest victim by inserting various objects into her vagina. When she was nine, it is alleged that he raped her on her father’s grave. It was claimed that Andrews threatened her that “demons would come and get me from my bed” if she told anyone. These are some troubling and disgusting accusations. This victim was referred to as ‘Jane’ in the Al.com article.
This might be the same woman who on November 25, 2013 posted this article after his arrest. In the article it is mentioned how some church members have treated her since she came forward to the police. “The people of his old church congregation have all turned against me. In there blindness of the Truth they blame it on me because I came forth finally and told the truth. I haven't been a member of his church in 20 years. But, until the point of me telling the police my story I still considered some of them friends. I know better now. It's funny to me how people who so radically claim their salvation have shown no love of Christ to me or any other victims in this case. The really wild thing is some of those congregants are actually victims themselves. Yet, their rage against me is strong and venomous.”
Mack Charles Andrews Jr. Is the son of the late Mack Charles Andrews Sr., who passed away in 2015 while Andrews has been incarcerated, and Addie Mae Dolbear Andrews, also deceased. He has two brothers and one sister.
It appears that at some point, possibly years before his arrest, he and his then wife divorced or separated. Newspaper records show her applying for a marriage license with another man in 2014, so she was divorced by that time.
On September 22, 2015, Mack Charles Andrews was scheduled for a settlement docket where he could have entered into a plea agreement. It had been rumored that one had been offered to him but none was accepted at this time and a trial was tentatively scheduled for the week of November 16, 2015. Clarke County Circuit Judge Charles Robert Montgomery issued a gag order at the request of Jan Jones, the attorney representing Andrews, due to sensitive information being reported in the news media the day before. The District Attorney agreed with her request. Fox10 news reported that the “family of Andrews in the courtroom applauded” when it was issued. The Thomasville Times reported that the District Attorney “took several victims and their families into a nearby conference room to discuss the case with them” after the proceedings.
Eleanor Janice ‘Jan’ Jones is a sole practitioner in Mobile, Alabama. This isn’t the first rape related case she has defended in court. In 2014, there was a case of a man in his 40s who was charged with burglary and raping an 85 year old woman. In his defense, it was claimed to be consensual and that she paid him for it. There was a mistrial and when a second jury convened, they took under five minutes before arriving at a unanimous verdict of guilty.
District Attorney Spencer Walker appears to be prosecuting the case.
In online articles it has been shared that the church was conservative and a few outward standards have been mentioned. However, there is much more to the ‘holiness standards’ and other beliefs of the United Pentecostal Church. They are not a mainstream Pentecostal group, but rather fall under the definition of Oneness Pentecostals, which separates them from most Christian groups. For those who would like more detailed information, including links to official UPCI writings, our article on UPCI beliefs may be of interest.
Through the years there have been multiple sexually related cases involving United Pentecostal Church licensed ministers and other church leaders that have made the news. There are many cases which have never been reported to the police, nor prosecuted. You may be interested in reading our first article which covers only a few cases.
Created September 27, 2015 & Updated September 29, 2015
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