A former minister of an Alexandria church was indicted yesterday on charges of forging and passing a $220 check drawn on a church account.
The indictment of the Rev. Jack C. Grizzard was handed up by an Alexandria Circuit Court grand jury that is investigating allegations that more than $100,000 of the church's funds were misused.
Grizzard resigned as minister of the Del Ray United Methodist Church on May 31 after the start of an investigation into church finances. The charges against him are felonies punishable by up to 10 years in prison on conviction.
"People are very sad and hurt and can't believe that it happened," Lonnie Rich, a member of the church and the attorney for its board of directors, said yesterday. "Rev. Grizzard was well liked by people. He was a very personable man, a good preacher, and he had earned the trust of the membership."
Rich said his wife, Sally, who is treasurer of one of the church's Sunday school classes, was the first to uncover a seeming impropriety when she discovered that the account she supervised was $220 short. It is a check for that amount, payable to Grizzard, that was the basis of the charges against the former pastor, Rich said.
Grizzard, who is believed to have moved to Rome, Ga., could not be reached for comment yesterday.
The Rev. Linwood Daniel, who succeeded Grizzard, said yesterday, "We're trying to keep the publicity down, because it's a sensitive matter."
The church, at 100 East Windsor Ave., claims about 800 official members and draws an average Sunday congregation of 150.