Special News Release 4 Oct 18
On 2 Jul 18, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded to Bethel Lighthouse Baptist Church, 5570 Warren Chapel Road, Marietta, Ohio, in reference to a theft complaint.
Board Members and the Pastor reported that they believed the church treasurer, Betty Wheaton, had embezzled at least $200,000.00 from the church. The treasurer report Wheaton provided them recently showed the church had $146,543.78 in their account, however upon going to the bank, they were advised there was only $51,124.86 in the account. Also noted were discrepancies in the totals where the Sunday offering did not match the deposit.