Louisiana pastor arrested after interstate shooting

BATON ROUGE (BP) — Louisiana pastor Christopher “Checkerz” Williams was arrested Feb. 11 after allegedly firing a handgun at an 18-wheeler in a road-rage incident on Interstate 10 in St. James Parish.

The truck driver told police that Williams, 47, fired a handgun at his vehicle after Williams caused a minor crash, according to local news reports. Williams fled the scene.

Williams is lead pastor at Renew Church in Baton Rouge and a former staff member and student at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

He was charged with illegal carrying and discharge of weapons, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, aggravated assault with a firearm and aggravated criminal damage to property. He was released on bond.

New Orleans Seminary told the Biblical Recorder that Williams’ employment had been terminated and his student status suspended. - shop now!

Williams became pastor of Celebration Church in LaPlace, La., in 2011. He served there six years before starting Renew Church in Baton Rouge. A spokesperson for the North American Mission Board (NAMB) confirmed to Baptist Press that Williams is a NAMB missionary in partnership with the Louisiana Baptist Convention. - shop now!

“We are aware of the incident and are cooperating with our local and state ministry partners to monitor the situation closely,” NAMB said in a statement to the Biblical Recorder. “NAMB will take appropriate action if it is warranted.”

Renew Church is part of the Baptist Association of Greater Baton Rouge.

Williams adopted “Checkerz” as a hip-hop stage name, according to a 2017 profile in Baton Rouge newspaper The Advocate. He attended Gardner-Webb College (now university) in Boiling Springs, N.C.

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