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Church congregation rallys spiritually around Epps

Church congregation rallys spiritually around Epps

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RANKIN COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

3 on your side cameras rolled as former Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps left the courthouse in Rankin County. He was there for an arraignment, his church family is rallying around him just days after his federal sentencing.

"There really is purpose in your pain," said church member Othor Cain.

The former Corrections Commissioner left the courtroom swiftly Friday after being arraigned on a house burglary charge from 2016. Attorney John Colette said his arraignment was waived.

"Trial will be set sometime in November," said Colette.

"Congratulations to you Deacon Christopher Epps," said a Hanging Moss Road Church of Christ member during a Youtube video.

Ordained as a Deacon at Hanging Moss Road Church of Christ in Jackson, Epps was a vital vein in the heart of the congregation. Days after the sentencing for his involvement in a money laundering scheme, church member Othor Cain said the faithful flock will continue to show support through a higher, spiritual walk with Epps during the next unforeseen 19 years.

"The church is rallying behind him, creating this awesome support system," added Cain. "We have a wonderful men's ministry. He was definitely a part of the leadership team. The leadership team has gotten together to ensure there is a full network of support."

Epps stood in federal court this week telling the judge the pain is much greater not that he is going to prison, but the fact he let down his family and church congregation.

"His role was phenomenal. Lots of folks looked up to him," said Cain. "So I think it's very important as a church we remain his support system. We all fall down, but the Bible says we can all get back up again."

Epps was sentenced to 19 years in federal prison.

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