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Olathe church started by ex-megachurch pastor folds

October 10, 2012

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— The suburban Kansas City church that a pastor started after losing his megachurch to foreclosure has folded.

The Kansas City Star reports that the Rev. Jerry Johnston's New Day Church Kansas City held its last service Sept. 30. The church met in Olathe schools after last year's closure of the First Family Church in Overland Park. The megachurch once was described as among the fasting-growing in the country.

But members began leaving in 2007 because of financial accountability concerns. Last year, the church was foreclosed upon after its lender alleged it owed more than $14 million in mortgage payments and other costs.

Johnston doesn't appear to be leaving the ministry. In recent months, he's been a guest on the religious television program "100 Huntley Street."

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