FBI tests white powder sent to anti-gay NC pastor

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Charles L. Worley, pastor of Providence Road Baptist Church in Maiden (YouTube)

MAIDEN, N.C. — A white powdery substance found in an envelope Thursday at the church of the Rev. Charles Worley is being tested by the FBI.

An envelope containing the substance was discovered and opened at Providence Road Baptist Church by a church staff member Thursday morning, according to Jim Dickerson, acting public information officer for Catawba County.

Postal inspectors didn’t have enough of the white substance to test onsite, so it was packaged and taken to the FBI lab for identification, according to Dickerson.

The church has been locked down, and no one is allowed in until clearance is given. Deputies will continue to patrol the church grounds. It may take as long as 48 hours to get the test results from the FBI. As a safety precaution, no one will be allowed to go in the church until the results are in, said Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid.

Dickerson said a call came in directly to the Maiden Fire Department at 9:01 a.m. from the church staff member. He told them he had received the envelope in the mail. When he opened it, there was a white powder inside, according to Dickerson. There was no return address on the envelope.

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