Sheriff: Video Of Man Vandalizing Church Cross ‘Very Disturbing’

The search is on for a Johnston County man wanted for vandalizing a cross outside a rural country church.

A surveillance video camera at New Zealand Pentecostal Holiness Church at 5312 Meadowbrook Road outside of Benson captured the vandalism.

At 12:44am Wednesday, the suspect walked up to the 8 foot cross in front of the church and forcibly removed it from the ground. After removing the cross made of 4×4 lumber the man turned the cross over and placed it back in the hole upside down, the video shows.

The suspect has been identified as a next door neighbor of the church, Christopher Gray Evans of 5312 Meadowbrook Road, Benson.

Johnston County Sheriff’s Captain Jeff Caldwell said once Evans is located he will be charged with injury to property.

“He needs what the cross has to offer,” Sheriff Steve Bizzell told WTSB News and JoCoReport.com on Friday. “It is very disturbing when people vandalize and damage church property.  When you mess with God’s house it doesn’t get any more serious than that.”

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Christopher Gray Evans is asked to contact the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office at 919-989-5000.

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  • Sandy Griffin

    I don’t know him or where he can be found,but I really hope they find him. That is horrible!!

    • Teresa Walker

      I believe that you don’t go on HOLY GROUND AND START DESTROYING GOD’S PROPERTY WITHOUT,GETTING HIS WRATH. HE MAY BE HIDING NOW, BUT… NOT FOR LONG
      DIDN’T HE KNOW GOD DON’T LIKE UGLY!!

  • peppercorns

    I wonder what happened between him and the church to make him so terribly angry….or does he just have a screw lose?

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  • Sandy Griffin

    I don’t know him or where he can be found,but I really hope they find him. That is horrible!!

    • Teresa Walker

      I believe that you don’t go on HOLY GROUND AND START DESTROYING GOD’S PROPERTY WITHOUT,GETTING HIS WRATH. HE MAY BE HIDING NOW, BUT… NOT FOR LONG
      DIDN’T HE KNOW GOD DON’T LIKE UGLY!!

  • peppercorns

    I wonder what happened between him and the church to make him so terribly angry….or does he just have a screw lose?