Skip to main content.
A non-profit service providing academics, religion professionals and other researchers with religion & cult news

Religion news articles about religious cults, sects, world religions, and related issues

Home | About RNB Related: Cult FAQ | Cult Experts | Apologetics Index | Cult Information Search Engine
More articles about: Phil Aguilar, Set Free:

Christian bikers glad pastor is out of jail

Religion News Blog, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Aug. 11, 2008 News Summary • Monday August 11, 2008

Christian bikers glad pastor is out of jail

ANAHEIM — The pastor of the Set Free motorcycle ministry, out of jail on $50,000 bail, spoke about his arrest to more than 100 of his parishioners over the weekend.

Pastor Phillip Aguilar, 60, founder of the Set Free church, told the congregation he was not angry about 150 police officers raiding his properties on Wednesday. Officers from police departments throughout Orange County got warrants to search and seize properties from several Set Free homes.

He said he knows the image his organization portrays — one of heavily tattooed motorcyclists who drive fancy bikes and cars — played a role in how officers reacted to the barroom brawl in which he and six other members of the church were arrested on attempted murder charges.

“The people I work with are a rugged-looking crew,” Aguilar said.

A crew of the Set Free Soldiers is accused of fighting with members of the Hells Angels at Blackies by the Sea in Newport Beach late last month. The attempted murder charge against Aguilar was dropped, and prosecutors have charged him and two other members with weapons violations and street terrorism.

One Set Free member, Jeremy Gaither, 28, was reportedly hit in the head with a pool ball. Two Hells Angels members were stabbed, authorities said.

Parishioners say the Set Free family is dedicated to helping others.

Gaither’s parents, Jay, 50, and Marrianne, 47, were at their wit’s end with their kids, who were both involved in heavy drugs, Marrianne Gaither said.

Jeremy, 28, and sister Jennifer Gaither, 26, moved into one of the group’s sober-living homes last year and have since changed for the better, Marrianne Gaither said.

Thirty years ago, Aguilar was addicted to heroin. He also has spent time in jail for child abuse.

Aguilar now preaches to a mix of recovering drug addicts like Jeremy and Jennifer Gaither on Saturday nights in the backyard of one of his S. Archer Street properties.

Aguilar said during the raid last week, a legally-registered pistol was discovered in his son’s, Phillip Aguilar Jr., room. Another son has brass knuckles that he got in Asia. He hopes once the gun is explained in court, charges will be dropped.

- Source: Christian bikers glad pastor is out of jail, Serena Maria Daniels, Orange County Register, USA, Aug. 10, 2008 — Summarized by Religion News Blog
info Original content is © Copyright Religion News Blog. All rights reserved.
    Do not republish or repost. Page copy protected against web site content infringement by Copyscape

share this article Share this article

tag Related Articles

arrow Topic(s): Phil AguilarSet Free

Comment Comment

Join Religion News Blog at Google+ to comment, share, and follow.

RSS Feed Follow Us


Religion News You May Like This As Well

Why are you not using Nozbe?

Don't you need to get things done?

Religion News Search Search Religion News Blog