A Macon congregation has launched a campaign for their pastor, charged in 2008 for using hundreds of thousands of dollars of church insurance money for himself.
Pastor Onslow Ross of Reaching Souls Cathedral of Praise Apostolic Church is serving out a 10-year sentence in an Alabama Federal prison, while his church is trying to bring to light what they call an unfair trial.
Each Sunday church service at Reaching Souls, interim pastor Xavier Cross works to fill the shoes of their former leader. After the conviction, Ross chose Cross to stand in his place.
"I traveled with Pastor Ross and I learned up under him," Cross says. "He was a mentor to me and also a great leader."
In March 2008, Ross was convicted of stealing $389,000 in insurance money. A jury said the money was misused because it did not go towards repairs for the church building.
The church's roof collapsed in 2005.