Arrest made in arson at First Baptist Church Montgomery

An Auburn woman has been charged with setting fire to First Baptist Church Montgomery last week.

Xiaoqin Yan, 27, is charged with second-degree arson, according to court records made public today (Oct. 5).

Yan was arrested Oct. 4 and remains held in the Montgomery County Detention Center on $30,000 bond.

In an update at the church’s website, FBC Montgomery Pastor Mark Bethea said news reports regarding the damage amounts are inaccurate. Teams continue to repair and clean the church, he said, and more updates on the progress will be released later.

He also asked for prayer for the international community at the church, which has a long-running Conversational English school that serves English as a Second Language students in the region, as well as other ministries.

“To my knowledge, this person was not part of our international fellowship at FBC (International Bible Fellowship and Worship, Conversational English, English as a Second Language, Citizenship Classes, etc…),” Bethea said, adding, “We deeply love and value our international brothers and sisters.”

Read more about the attack here.

This story will be updated.



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