The rescue mission took place after news that a visiting preacher’s altar call had gone on for more than an hour.
“The guy just kept asking for one more commitment,” said an exhausted deacon as medics swarmed around his stretcher. “And he wouldn’t stop even after the stage was full of volunteers.”
Another freed captive told investigators that the congregation had sung “what felt like every song in the hymn book” before the SWAT team got here.
The visiting preacher was unrepentant. Before being hauled off in a police van he could be heard offering the arresting officer GLOW tracts and vegetarian cooking classes.
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