Former minister: Clergy confronted Hornbuckle about his womanizing

FORT WORTH – More than 12 years ago, Bishop Terry Hornbuckle was confronted about his womanizing by a group of clergy, a former minister of the bishop’s church said Thursday.

Demetruis Carrier, 43, who was a member of Hornbuckle’s Agape Christian Fellowship in Arlington from 1990 to 1993, said he organized with three other ministers outside of the church whom Hornbuckle respected.

Hornbuckle was convicted this week of sexually assaulting three women. Jurors deciding Hornbuckle’s punishment deliberated for about three hours Thursday before adjourning until Monday.

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Carrier said he and his wife had left the church about a month earlier.

“After we left, we came across a lot of females wanting to tell their stories,” Carrier said Thursday, as he waited outside the courtroom. “I called him and told him we needed to meet.”

Carrier said he contacted the three other ministers who went with him to confront Hornbuckle about the alleged affairs.

Hornbuckle’s wife, Renee, was also present, he said.

The bishop denied the allegations at the time, but Renee Hornbuckle said she would never forgive her husband, he said.

Only one of the other ministers was strong enough that day to tell Hornbuckle he was wrong and should not be in the pulpit, Carrier said.

Another minister, he said, turned and asked him, “Demetruis, what’s the purpose?”

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Star-Telegram, USA
Aug. 24, 2006
Bob Ray Sanders

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