orem minister

Pastor pulls gun on unsuspecting burglar

by Sam Penrod, KSL.com  |  published on December 22, 2012

Instead of reaching for his Bible, an Orem minister grabbed his handgun when a man high on drugs tried breaking into his church.

It is never a good idea to break into a house of worship, especially when the pastor’s career before he was in the ministry was in law enforcement. But the man on drugs obviously didn’t realize that until he was looking right at the laser sights of the pastor’s handgun.

“It’s a little different being a Baptist in Orem — where I’m from, it was a Baptist church on every street corner,” said Pastor Robert Brooks.

Brooks moved to Utah from North Carolina three years ago to lead the Victory Baptist Church in Orem.

“We’ve enjoyed it. We’ve had a very good experience,” he said. “For the most part, people have received us really well and we’ve enjoyed being able to minister here to the people.”

In the middle of the night on Friday, though, Pastor Brooks, who lives with his young family in the basement of the church, was awakened by a ruckus outside, so he got up to see what was going on.

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