Jordan “J.D.” Hall, founder of Protestia (formerly Pulpit&Pen), is disqualified from ministry because of his dependency on the prescription drug Xanax (alprazolam), his church announced today.
Hall had been lead pastor of Fellowship Baptist Church in Sidney, Montana, and publisher of Protestia—a blog known for vitriolic attacks on “heretics,” “woke” preachers, and “feminists.” However, yesterday Protestia published a statement saying Hall had been descalificado del ministerio by his church for “serious sin” and removed from Protestia’s staff. Today, Fellowship Baptist revealed the nature of that sin.
“During he several days following an incident that took place Sunday June 5th, 2022, it came to the attention of church leadership of Fellowship Baptist Church of Sidney, MT that our lead pastor, Jordan Hall, had fallen into a dependency upon prescription alprozolam (Xanax), characterized by use that exceeded his prescribed dosage,” the church said in a declaración en su sitio web. “As a result, Pastor Hall tendered his resignation from the pastorate . . . on June 8th, under the assumption that he had become disqualified from eldershiop as detailed in 1 Timothy 3.”
The church did not specify the nature of the June 5th incident. However, it noted that Hall’s most recent resignation was distinct from an earlier resignation Hall tendered on May 14.
The earlier resignation came shortly after Hall had failed a sobriety test during a routine traffic stop. At the time, police charged Hall with driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs and carrying a concealed weapon while under the influence of drugs.
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The church noted in today’s statement that Hall had insisted that a “vitamin deficiency” was to blame for his DUI. As a result, Fellowship Baptist voted to reject Hall’s resignation in May, “believing that the situation did not disqualify him from the pastorate.”
“If the church had been aware at that point of Mr. Hall’s prescription drug abuse, the decision regarding his tendered resignation would likely have been different,” the church stated. “However, we believe that we acted appropriately given the information we had at the time.”
The revelation of Hall’s drug dependency is just the latest in a string of misfortunes for Hall.
In February, Hall filed for bankruptcy after being sued for a story the Montana Gazette, another of Hall’s publications, had run about Adrian Jawort, a Native American activist.
Then, in May, Hall settled the lawsuit and issued an apology, admitting that the story he had published was false.
According to Fellowship Baptist, Hall and his family “are now being ministered to by church leadership.” The church said it is “exhorting” Hall to “seek professional treatment and work toward the restoration of his mind and body, and the reconciliation of his relationships with God and family.