Pastor Matthew Jarrell was the pastor of Open Door Baptist Church, Mesquite Texas. Pastor Jarrell was a traveling preacher. He also liked to do other things when he traveled. According to the West Virginia authorities, Matthew Jarrell was arrested and charged on Thursday, May 19, 2011 for second-degree sexual assault. The West Virginia criminal complaint alleged that Jarrett met a woman at a bar in Charleston, WV, offered her a ride home, then sodomized the woman in his truck. According to officials at the South Central Regional Jail in Kanawha County, WV, Jarrell was found hanging from a bed sheet in his cell. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital where he was taken at 12:30am Sunday, May 22, 2011.
Trouble seemed to follow Matthew Jarrell who once attended Hyles-Anderson college. Matthew Jarrell was at Old Paths Baptist Church in Pennsylvania from 1997 to 2003. Back in 1999, the Old Paths Baptist Church parsonage where the Jarrell family was living at the time burned down. The house fire was ruled accidental. In October 2001, lightening seemed to strike again when another fire gutted Old Path’s Baptist Church itself. That fire was ruled an arson by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosions. but no arrests were made at the time.
There were rumors of sexual misconduct with a teenage girl in his Pennsylvania church too. No court records can be found to substantiate this. However, on April 15, 2003, Jarrell was had his first arrest. Jarrell was arrested for soliciting a prostitute who was actually a undercover policewoman in Baltimore MD. Two guns were also found in his truck at the time of the arrest. Apparently, Jarrell plead guilty and was sentenced to eighteen-months probation for the gun charges.
After his probation was complete in 2004, Jarrell moved with his family to become the Senior pastor of Open Door Baptist Church in Mesquite, Tx. It is not known whether the church knew about his troubles in Pennsylvania or in Baltimore. It is not known whether the church did a background check on their new pastor.
Jarrell was next arrested in San Antonio, TX, in 2007. A grand jury in San Antonio indicted him on a second-degree felony charge of sexual assault on Dec. 19, 2007. According to the complaint, Jarrell forced a woman to preform oral sex on him under threat of “force and violence.” Jarrell was released on $50,000.00 bond. Reportedly he did tell his associate pastor that he was arrested for what Jarrell said were “gun charges.” The congregation apparently was never told, nor did his associate pastor check into what the charges actually were. This 2007 case was still pending when he was arrested in West Virginia.
According to investigators in West Virginia, Matthew Jarrell first denied the May 19, 2011 assault, then confessed. Apparently his friends and family in Texas thought Matthew Jarrell was in Pennsylvania at a Fundamental Baptist pastors conference.
It now appears that Jarrell knew his double life as a pastor in one side of his life, and a serial rapist on the other were exposed now. There was no way to talk his way out of it this time. It appears his training from Hyles-Anderson College taught him well. Looks like Jarrell had honors in “Liar 101,”” Pulling the wool over 102,” “Denial and how to be successful at it 201.” “Abusing others while making it look Biblical 301,” and “How to Manipulate others with guilt 302.”
Prayers and healing for his sexual assault victims, and to his wife and their four children who are also victims of Matthew Jarrell’s double life.