Tennessee pastor awaiting trial in India after arrest on declaration charge

A pastor attending a Sunday School conference in India remains in the country after he was arrested for failing to report money he was carrying.

Pastor Bryan Nerren, leader of the House of Prayer Church in Shelbyville, Tennessee, was traveling to Sikkim state in northeastern India on Oct. 5 for a Sunday School conference along with two other U.S. pastors when they were detained at the Bagdogra airport. 

The other two pastors were released but Nerren was arrested when authorities alleged he had violated Indian law by not declaring the cash he was carrying. Nerren denied he was concealing the money, which was discovered by Indian customs officials during a security check at the airport, but said he was open with officials that his visit was to participate in a Christian conference.

Nerren was released on bail Oct. 11 and is awaiting a Dec. 12 court date. The court imposed a travel ban on him and confiscated his passport and travel money.

India is ranked 10th on Christian support organization Open Doors’ 2019 World Watch List of the countries where it is most difficult to be a Christian. (MS)