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Bell Shoals pastor Forrest Pollock reported missing

TAMPA — A well-known Brandon pastor was reported missing Monday, assumed to have been piloting his own plane at the time of his disappearance, Hillsborough sheriff's officials confirmed.

Members of Bell Shoals Baptist Church were exhorted to pray for their pastor, Forrest Pollock, on Monday night, hours after he piloted a plane from North Carolina to Texas, according to the church's Web site.

Pollock, the Web site said, left Florida on Sunday afternoon, flying his own plane, bound for North Carolina.

Pastor George Thomasson signed the online plea, telling church members that Pollock had not been heard from since leaving North Carolina early Monday morning for Texas, where he planned to attend a conference.

"We have learned that Pastor has not yet reached his destination at the time of this writing," Thomasson wrote in a message posted at 9:30 p.m. "Everything humanly possibly is being done to locate Pastor's whereabouts. We are, however, appealing to all of our church family to pray earnestly for God's supernatural intervention."

Pollock is senior pastor at Bell Shoals, a politically active megachurch that has been in the news in recent years. Two years ago, its members gathered to protest the opening of a Valrico bikini bar. Last year, the church attracted protesters itself when it hosted a two-day conference with some of the biggest names in the national Christian right movement.

Originally from Oklahoma, Pollock, 44, has been married 17 years and has six children, according to the church Web page. He formerly pastored at churches in Baton Rouge, La., and Fort Worth, Texas.

Bell Shoals pastor Forrest Pollock reported missing 05/12/08 [Last modified: Saturday, May 17, 2008 11:35pm]
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