Parishioners take legal action against Montreal pastor Mwinda Lezoka

Parishioners at an evangelical church in Montreal are taking legal action against a prominent pastor they say pocketed hundreds of thousands of dollars loaned to him in God’s name.

Several members of the Bethel Christian Community have gone public with troubling allegations about money they say they lent to their spiritual leader — Rev. Mwinda Lezoka, a Congolese native who has ministered to Montreal’s growing African community for two decades.

At least 24 members of the modest parish claim they loaned Lezoka significant amounts of money — sometimes even remortgaging their homes — to support their church’s activities.

All of them say they have never seen promised returns.

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