Salisbury church reports worrisome visitors during revival

Rowan County authorities are continuing to investigate the unexpected appearance of three strangers at a Baptist church in Salisbury Tuesday night.

The men entered St. Luke Baptist Church on Hawkinstown Road near the end of a service during its week-long evening revival, church deacon James Greene told investigators.

Greene, a retired probation officer in Rowan County, said the men carried black nylon shoulder bags.

Two of the men sat at the back of the church while the other went to the front and got in the pulpit with the pastor while he preached, according to the report. One man at the back used his phone to take pictures.

Greene told the men after the service they were welcome to attend, “but they may want to consider leaving the shoulder bags in their vehicle,” the report states.

Greene told investigators one man said he was from Texas, another from Idaho and the third did not say where he was from. WBTV, the Observer’s news partner, reported the men identified themselves to Greene with badges as Mormons, and said they were working from a Mormon church on Julian Road.

Investigators told Greene to report any future uncomfortable instances, and said an officer might drive by the church during its services throughout the week.

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