Someone vandalized Red Hill Church last week, and Bulloch County Sheriff’s investigators hope someone will come forward with information leading to an arrest.
Bulloch County Sheriff’s Deputy Stephen Herndon found the vandalism Friday while patrolling the Hwy. 46 and Red Hill Church Road in southern Bulloch County, near the Evans County line. “…I discovered purple graffiti on the back wall of the incident location,” he wrote in reports. “The graffiti (read) ‘gay’ and on another spot on the back wall was written ‘God is gay.’”
Herndon first checked to see whether anyone had already reported the damage. When he learned they had not, sheriff’s dispatchers called the key holder, church deacon Burney Fordham, who met with Herndon at the scene.
According to reports, Fordham stated the last gathering at the church was on June 16 at approximately 10:30 a.m. with a 30 minute service, and the graffiti was not there then. He told the Statesboro Herald the offenders also drew an obscene figure on the church.
When he pulled up and saw the offensive words, “It made me angry,” he said. “Angry and violated. I have gone to this church all my life.”
Once Fordham’s son Ronnie Redding learned of the graffiti, it wasn’t long before it was removed.
“My son came and cleaned it up,” Fordham said. “
Redding said he and his wife Jennifer spent most of their Sunday removing the graffiti.
“That was the church I was baptized in,” he said. “This blasphemy disturbed me, and I am sad to know the world contains individuals who would do that.”
Fordham posted photos of the damage on his Facebook page, asking for anyone who knew anything about the vandalism to speak up.
He said he doesn’t understand what would make someone do such a thing. “We never even thought about doing something like that when we were growing up.”
Redding said the incident had a silver lining. “It gave me the opportunity to do something for the good Lord.”
Bulloch County Sheriff’s Capt. Todd Hutchens said the case is being investigated, and anyone with information about it is asked to contact the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office at (912) 764-8888. Calls will remain confidential.
Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.