Minister accused of drug possession is no longer a church pastor, a former colleague says

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A man arrested on suspicion of drug possession on Monday resigned as senior pastor of a southeast Fort Worth church five months ago, an assistant pastor said Thursday.

The Star-Telegram reported this week that Clyde Downs, 48, of Arlington was senior pastor of the New Harvest Missionary Baptist Church in the Stop Six neighborhood, a position he had held for six years. The newspaper got the information from church’s website.

But Thursday, the Rev. John Reed said Downs resigned in January. The church on Carol Avenue is being led by interim pastor Edward Justice and continues its ministries, Reed said.

Reed declined to say why Downs resigned.

“He made a mistake, and he’ll have to answer for that,” Reed said. “But that doesn’t stop him from being a good man. We’re not going to turn our back on him because he is human.”

Downs was arrested on Monday and on May 16 by police who reported finding drugs in his car, according to police reports. Officers in May also said they found a gun and arrested him for unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

State prison records show that Downs was paroled in 1997 for theft and three counts of burglary of a vehicle. The records also show that the sentences were completed in August 2012.

Bill Miller, 817-390-7684 Twitter: @Bill_MillerST

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