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Tuesday, August 21, 2007                                                                                       View Comments

Pastor arrested for embezzlement

The senior pastor at a Round Rock church who resigned amid a criminal investigation is now in police custody.

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Officals say Donald Roger "Roddy" Clyde, 48, the former pastor of the Fellowship at Forest Creek Church, was in the process of being booked into the Williamson County Jail Wednesday night on embezzlement charges. He is accused of taking money from the Fellowship at Forest Creek Church.

According to the church, their accounting department found questionable activity in their books, which they described as a possible misuse of church funds by the pastor. Deeming it suspicious, they turned that information over to the Round Rock Police Department.

Clyde resigned from his position as Senior Pastor on Monday. He is cooperating with police in their investigation.

Long-time church member Denise Rucker says the congregation learned about the allegations from church leaders. "Maybe he wasn't practicing everything he was preaching, but his message was good, his message was clear, it came from the Bible and it applied to our everyday lives," said Rucker.

According to the church, Clyde had been a pastor of their congregation since 1992.