Blount Co. church burglarized, music equipment stolen

(WBIR-Blount County) An East Tennessee pastor is wondering who would steal from a church days before Christmas.

"Definitely, they have a problem," Ken McCollum of Faithway Fellowship Church said. "If they're going to steal from a church."

According to an incident report from the Blount County Sheriff's Office, between Saturday night and Sunday morning, at least one person broke into the Sevierville Road church by opening the deadbolt lock on a back door. Inside were thousands of dollars worth of electronics, including a computer with hundreds of past sermons, and musical equipment.

McCollum said one item, a Peavey bass, is sentimental to him.

"Leave it on the front porch, or leave it behind the church," he said, stating he did not care who stole the item, nor if the burglar turns themselves in.

He added whoever stole his stuff, would be forgiven.

"We're going to celebrate the birth of Christ -- you know? It's Christmas, it's a bad time to be broken into, but a lot of people get their houses broken into, and the house of the Lord is no different."

If you have information on the burglary, contact the BCSO tipline at (865) 273-5200 or text a tip through


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