A Christian pastor of a stylish Miami church has been pressured out for allegedly having steamy affairs with three ladies from his congregation, two whereas he was nonetheless married, DailyMail.com can reveal.
David Stocker, 46, was fired from Brave Church in Westchester in April after its overseeing physique – the Peninsular Florida District Council of the Assemblies of God – discovered him responsible of ‘gross sexual misconduct and immoral actions.’
The clergyman, who had preached on the church since 2014, can be accused of utilizing the church’s bank card to fund a few of his alleged illicit encounters, together with paying for a flight to New York for one in all his lovers.
The surprising allegations are contained in a 307-page grievance filed by the council that sued Stocker after he refused to step down and continued preaching even regardless of being dismissed for breaching the church’s bylaws.
Stocker’s lawyer didn’t instantly touch upon the intercourse and alcohol allegations when contacted by DailyMail.com.
He was investigated after the scorned girl from his first alleged affair reported him to the council in a damning e mail in January, wherein she provided ‘lots of’ of pictures, movies, and textual content messages cataloging his disgrace.
The girl, whose id is being protected by the council, was distraught after discovering Stocker went on to have relationships with two different worshippers – and is presently nonetheless with one in all them, in keeping with the authorized papers filed in Miami Dade Circuit Court.
David Stocker, 46, who was the pastor of Brave Church in Miami since 2014, was pressured off the pulpit in April, when he was fired for ‘gross sexual misconduct and immoral actions’
Stocker was accused of participating in affairs with three completely different ladies in his congregation, even whereas he was nonetheless married to ex-wife Christina, in a damning e mail despatched to the church’s governing physique exposing his philandering
One of his lovers, recognized in paperwork as ‘Woman #1’, reported their illicit relationship, sharing pictures of their clandestine encounters and secret getaways
The middle-aged mom alleged she and Stocker had intercourse on their first date as a part of their ‘whirlwind romance’ and later had one another’s names tattooed on their necks with the day they met.
She additionally claimed the fired minister, whose place demanded he abstain completely from alcohol, was incessantly drunk, generally whereas in high-profile public locations.
This included an incident with a distinct alleged mistress at a Miami Heat basketball recreation, the place police have been known as when the pair tried to stroll on the court docket, she claimed in her e mail together with footage of the incident.
Stocker, who joined Brave Church with then-wife Christina in 2014, was identified for slicing a flamboyant determine as he preached to a vibrant and usually younger congregation, which included many households.
He took to the pulpit confidently every Sunday, microphone in hand, and bursting with emotion; his passionate and stirring phrases rising above reside background music.
The preacher would combine his wardrobe between informal, sensible, and dazzling – various from darkish denims paired with a lightweight high, to a trendy black swimsuit and a shiny pink leather-based jacket.
But his world would come crashing down on April 15 when the council, a department of the world’s largest Pentecostal denomination with 300 church buildings in Florida and the US Virgin Islands, fired him in a letter following the investigation, in keeping with court docket paperwork.
However, Stocker remained preaching on the massive white painted church, which has the phrases ‘You Belong Here’ emblazoned on one aspect in black capital letters.
He didn’t go away till the council launched its authorized bid 5 weeks after informing him of its determination.
The charismatic pastor took to the pulpit confidently every Sunday, microphone in hand, and bursting with emotion; his passionate and stirring phrases rising above reside background music
Stocker joined Brave Church with then-wife Christina in 2014
But even after he was fired by the church’s governing physique, Stocker remained preaching on the massive white painted church, which has the phrases ‘You Belong Here’ emblazoned on one aspect in black capital letters
Stocker lower a flamboyant determine as he preached to a vibrant and usually younger congregation, and would combine his wardrobe between informal, sensible, and flashy
DailyMail.com approached the preacher this week exterior the three-bedroom, $846,000 residence in Miami the place he seems to be dwelling
In the identical motion, the council sued Brave Church and administrators Eliada Rivera, Yarilend Taboada, Josephine Lejuez and Nivia Pena for damages claiming that they had lined up Stocker’s ‘misconduct’ and allowed him to maintain his place.
Additionally, it demanded that possession of the church constructing be reverted to the group.
The council, which additionally goes by PenFlorida, has now reached a settlement with the church and the administrators, though the main points are usually not identified.
It is unclear the place that now leaves Stocker because the motion in opposition to him within the court docket stays open.
DailyMail.com approached the preacher this week exterior the three-bedroom, $846,000 residence in Miami the place he seems to be dwelling.
He pulled into the driveway in a blue BMW 540i earlier than getting out sporting sports activities gear.
But the daddy of two refused to speak in regards to the allegations surrounding his dismissal from the church – whose mission assertion, mockingly, is: ‘We are the church that’s main folks to like.’
And in a further twist, DailyMail.com can reveal the home on the quiet avenue is owned by Brave Church of Miami Inc., in keeping with Miami-Dade property appraiser information.
So it could seem Stocker nonetheless has some connection to the group regardless of the continued authorized motion.
It can be shocking as congregants on the church this week insisted to DailyMail.com that Stocker had nothing to do with the place of worship any extra – and that that they had no clue the place to search out him.
The girl, whose id is ‘saved nameless for her privateness and security,’ stated the 2 would domestically keep in motels in Miami and Fort Lauderdale with a view to hold their relationship secret whereas he was nonetheless married
Exhibits included within the 300-page grievance included a slew of photographic proof of the pair’s trysts and secret encounters. Above are footage taken on the W Hotel in Fort Lauderdale in May 2019
Stocker persistently denied his affairs regardless of intimate trying pictures provided by his first ‘mistress’
Court filings obtained by DailyMail.com declare Stocker breached the church’s bylaws however was allowed to persevering with preaching by the church’s administrators
The council, a department of the world’s largest Pentecostal denomination with 300 church buildings in Florida and the US Virgin Islands, fired him in an April 15 letter following the investigation
According to the 307-page grievance filed on May 24, Stocker and ‘mistress’ primary related by Instagram in April 2019.
It stated the ‘id of Woman #1 will likely be saved nameless for her privateness and security’.
It continued: ‘In a written assertion Woman #1 offered to PenFlorida on January 17, 2022, she confessed that she and Stocker went on their first date on April 7, 2019, after which they engaged in sexual relations.
‘Woman #1 additionally revealed that Stocker was concerned in a sexual relationship with no less than two different ladies from the congregation, and indicated that on no less than two events, Stocker used church funds for his private use.
‘According to Woman #1, Stocker, who on the time was separated from his now ex-wife however was nonetheless legally married to her, related along with her by way of social media, and the 2 started a secretive affair that was on and off for the following couple of years.
‘The two traveled to New York City on two events, and traveled to California on one other event, all whereas persevering with to have interaction in sexual relations. For one in all these journeys, Woman #1 reported that Stocker bought her flight with the Church’s cash.
‘Woman #1 additionally revealed that she and Stocker, with a view to hold their relationship secret whereas he was nonetheless married (the divorce was finalized in August of 2020), would domestically keep in motels in Miami and Fort Lauderdale….
‘Stocker’s then spouse grew to become suspicious of the affair and conveyed these suspicions to PenFlorida. When PenFlorida confronted Stocker in regards to the affair, he lied and denied it.’
The girl offered ‘lots of of textual content messages, pictures and movies evidencing the affair and Stocker’s indiscretions’, stated the lawsuit.
Many of those are included within the court docket paperwork and are described as ‘demonstrating Stocker’s inappropriate sexual habits in addition to his tendency to make use of alcohol (which the AG doesn’t condone) and act erratically’.
He was seen pulling into the driveway in a blue BMW 540i earlier than getting out sporting sports activities gear
General view of the Miami residence of David Stocker, former pastor at Brave Church
The paperwork continued: ‘About 4 months into their relationship, Woman #1 found that Stocker was paying explicit consideration to a different girl from the congregation (Woman #2).
‘While Stocker denied that the connection was romantic, Woman #1 realized many months later (round November of 2021) that Stocker had, actually, been romantically concerned with Woman #2 the complete time he had been concerned along with her — all whereas nonetheless being legally married to his then spouse.
‘To date, Woman #2 stays Stocker’s girlfriend.
‘Meanwhile, round July of 2020, Woman #1 confirmed that Stocker was dishonest on her with but a 3rd girl (Woman #3). Upon studying this reality, Woman #1 ended her relationship with Stocker, although the 2 later rekindled and remained on and off for one more 12 months.’
The pastor had ‘points with alcohol use, which brought on him to turn into aggressive and emotional,’ the papers continued.
‘For instance, in keeping with a witness who noticed Stocker and Woman #2 at a Miami Heat basketball recreation on November 4, 2021, the 2 ‘have been so drunk each of them tried to stroll onto the court docket. The police intervened to cease them and David Stocker Jr. acquired very indignant and aggressively screamed on the police.’
Photos of the incident have been included within the paperwork.
Stocker persistently denied his affairs regardless of intimate trying pictures provided by his first ‘mistress’, though the circumstances wherein they have been taken are usually not all the time defined.
A photograph of the pair’s journey to New York City was included within the lawsuit. The girl claimed Stocker paid for her flight with the church’s bank card
She additionally submitted pictures of her tattoos, one in all Stocker’s initials on the again of her neck and one other of the date they met that Stocker additionally has
In January this 12 months, the girl reported the pair’s illicit affair to the Peninsular Florida District Council of the Assemblies of God revealing they started seeing one another in April 2019, a number of months after he introduced his divorce
During what she described as a ‘whirlwind romance’, the girl defined the 2 acquired matching tattoos, went on a number of holidays, and stated Stocker would incessantly take pleasure in alcohol
‘During PenFlorida’s interview with Stocker, Stocker was requested if he was ever in a relationship with Woman #1. Contrary to the movies, pictures, and proof that the Presbytery had in its possession, Stocker lied and denied it,’ the paperwork state.
On April 15 he was despatched letter saying he was being dismissed as a minister of the Assemblies of God, however refused to face down.
‘Stocker is prohibited from persevering with his ministerial duties on behalf of Brave Church, not to mention any AG affiliated church. Despite this, since receiving discover of his dismissal, he has ignored the principles and laws he swore to uphold as a religion chief and continues to take action,’ the authorized motion acknowledged.
The e mail from whistle blower ‘Woman #1’ is included within the lawsuit.
She wrote to a consultant of the church’s governing physique on January 9 saying: ‘We went on our first date April 7, 2019 wherein we had dinner and went again to his condominium and sadly engaged in intercourse.
‘From then on it was a whirlwind romance (as you may see within the footage, hopefully you may pause the video to see clearly).
‘I’ve his initials tattooed on the again of my neck and the day we met. He has my title and the day we met tattooed as effectively.
‘We traveled alone to NYC twice and to California. We would keep in motels in Miami and Fort Lauderdale however we saved issues quiet as a result of he was legally married to Christina.’
She signifies pangs of conscience by saying: ‘We would each have conviction about having intercourse however we continued.
The girl claimed Stocker, who was presupposed to be abstinent, was incessantly drunk, at occasions in high-profile public locations, together with an incident with a distinct alleged mistress at a Miami Heat basketball recreation
She shared pictures of the scene the place police have been known as when the pair tried to stroll on the court docket
‘After about 2 months of us being collectively he known as me drunk … from that day on the drunk cellphone calls, textual content msg voice notes grew to become extra frequent.
‘4 months later I caught him speaking to a lady named (redacted). He hid her title underneath ‘enzo’ on his cellphone.’
She continues: ‘The whirlwind romance continued, he met my son, frolicked with my household, went on trip with my household and son.
‘He all of a sudden needed to go to California to evangelise and was upset I could not make it so he went alone. During that point he known as me drunk a number of occasions.
‘When he got here again he confessed he had seen (title redacted) there however they ‘weren’t alone’… at this level I’m sexually concerned with him for months, head over heels in love… I could not go away even tho I knew I used to be in a really poisonous relationship.
‘Fast ahead a pair extra months the intercourse and alcohol abuse (on his aspect) continued.’
She alleged Stocker had ‘breakdowns crying uncontrollably in contrast to I’ve ever seen’ by alcohol and ‘informed him he wanted to go to rehab’.
The girl provides: ‘I then started to open up to my household in regards to the relationship and the way poisonous it was and a few days later I discovered he was dishonest on me with a lady named (title redacted).’
She says the pastor of one other Miami church might affirm this as a result of ‘David met him and informed him he was on courting apps and he had met her and dated her’.
They break up up however later reunited and ‘we had intercourse twice’ however his ‘alcohol abuse continued,’ she says.
Stocker additionally grew to become jealous, she alleged, within the ‘very poisonous relationship the place if I posted a pic that he thought was ‘too intercourse’ for different males to see he would not communicate to me for days’.
But the daddy of two refused to speak in regards to the allegations surrounding his dismissal from the church – whose mission assertion, mockingly, is: ‘We are the church that’s main folks to like’
Stocker and spouse Christina divorced in 2020 after 18 years of marriage
In November 2021 the pastor was ‘actually pursuing me…I used to be falling again into the lure. He informed me he was single and he needed to fulfill up.’
They met within the Coconut Grove neighborhood of Miami ‘and he melted into my arms crying saying he loves me and might’t reside with out me… the following day I met him at a tattoo store whereas he was getting a pistol tattooed on himself.’
However, regardless of the declaration of affection, Stocker then cheated on the girl once more, she alleged, which is when she says she completed their relationship.
She branded the preacher a ‘narcissistic grasp manipulator’. But she realized her personal half within the alleged affair by writing: ‘I’m complicit on this as a result of I additionally continued to help and love and sleep with him as an alternative of leaving.. I’m very embarrassed.’
The girl claimed Stocker was drunk on the spectacular Astra Rooftop bar in Miami’s uber-trendy Wynwood space, Tanuki sushi restaurant in Miami Beach and Makoto Japanese restaurant in unique Bal Harbor.
Fallout from Stocker’s alleged affairs additionally noticed him face completely different authorized motion in December 2021, when the previous boyfriend of a lady stated to have been concerned with the pastor accused him of stalking.
Fallout from Stocker’s alleged affairs additionally noticed him face completely different authorized motion in December 2021, when the previous boyfriend of a lady stated to have been concerned with the pastor accused him of stalking
David Marotta petitioned Miami-Dade Circuit Court home violence division for a safety order in opposition to Stocker.
He ticked the containers claiming he was a stalking sufferer as a result of the preacher had ‘threatened hurt to the petitioner’ when he arrived at his RV.
The narrative stated Stocker was ‘the petitioner’s ex-wives’ (sic) boyfriend’ and continued:’ On December 15, 2021 the respondent confirmed up on the petitioner residence bagging (banging) on the home windows.
‘The petitioner known as the police, when the officer arrive, whereas they have been talking to he petitioner’s ex-wife, the respondent walked across the RV and walked to the petitioner and stated ‘you do not know who you are scr**ing with ailing (sic) destroy your life. I do know numerous necessary folks.’
The motion was ultimately dismissed by a decide for lack of proof.