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West TN Pastor to Serve Federal Sentence in California

By 7 Eyewitness News Staff
By news@wbbjtv.com

LOMA LINDA, Calif. - The West Tennessee pastor arrested by U.S. Marshals in California late last week will serve out his 25 day sentence in the Golden State, according to his assistant pastor Lucan Chartier.

Pastor Walter McGill of Creation 7th Day Adventist Church in Guys, Tennessee, was wanted on a federal contempt charge. He had been ordered to remove "7th Day Adventist" from his church's name due to trademark infringement. The larger church had sued the congregation.

McGill has said he will not change the name of his church because the name is what God wants it to be.

On Thursday, supporters said although McGill is still fasting, he is feeling "strong as an ox." They added that prisoners and deputies are glad for his presence and support his stand. McGill refers to his fasting not as a hunger strike, but a cleansing fast.