Michiana, Indiana pastor Jim Irwin, 68, is facing five charges, three of which are felonies after he was arrested for taking part in a prostitution sting. Aside from prostitution charges, the pastor has also been charged with purchasing a controlled substance according to NBC WNDU.
Professional acquaintances were shocked to hear about this arrest happening to a man they believed was a highly respected individual. “I was absolutely blown away," said Robert Land, Pastor at Trinity United Methodist Church in Plymouth where Irwin held community meetings.
Sources tell NewsCenter 16 that Irwin is the director of Care and Share Ministries in Marshall County. The non-profit was started in 2004 to help provide emergency shelter to families when they are in crisis. As of Thursday night, a sign reading 'Care and Share office is closed due to illness' is taped to the door of the Marshall County Care and Share. The organization is a client of United Way.