How to spot an evangelist

By Steve Wilson BBC NewsThe first signs of trouble can be seen immediately when someone begins preaching.

In the early 1990s, an Australian man called John Cairns was arrested in Adelaide after preaching a gospel message in a church in the Adelaide suburb of Mooloolaba.

He was jailed for 14 years.

In 2005, a church member named Kevin Fagan was convicted of encouraging his parishioners to convert to the Pentecostal faith and was sentenced to 14 years in prison.

In 2008, a pastor named Kevin Wilson began preaching in the northern New South Wales town of Port Hedland.

He attracted considerable attention and was eventually fired from his job after the local authorities found out he was using his preaching to proselytise. 

In 2011, the Melbourne Herald Sun newspaper reported on an alleged conversion of a church worker in the city. 

According to police, the woman told officers that Wilson told her that she would convert to Christianity and marry a Christian man when she turned 18. 

The woman was later arrested and accused of attempting to convert the woman to Christianity. 

When police searched Wilson’s home, they found a copy of the Pentacostal bible in the attic, which was later taken into evidence during the trial. 

A week after the trial, Wilson was sentenced in Melbourne to 18 months’ jail and a fine of $12,000 for promoting Christianity.

Wilson had also previously preached in Melbourne, but it was not until the late 1990s that the Pentacle began spreading to Australia.

The Pentacountrol church was formed in 2000 by a group of Christian men, some of whom had converted to Penteconism, and began to preach at church services.

The church’s name comes from the Hebrew word “pentacost”, which means to proclaim.

Wilson’s Pentacouncils attracted attention when he was arrested for allegedly encouraging people to convert and marrying Christians, including one who converted from Catholicism to Pentacism. 

Wilson was sentenced for promoting Christian values.

In 2006, a Melbourne woman was sentenced after being convicted of allegedly encouraging a man to convert. 

Pentacontrol church members say Wilson is an evangelistic figure who promotes the Pentacles faith.

Wilson was arrested again in 2014 after police found a letter that Wilson had written to a woman who was converting to Pentaconism, which said she would be able to get a job and a home. 

“She [the woman] said she was happy that she was in a Pentacustral church,” a Pentacle spokesman told ABC News.

“She said she wanted to get married and she said she knew the Pentaeconist pastor would marry her.” 

Wilson’s sentencing hearing was delayed until June 2019, when he received a two-year sentence for promoting Pentacontroll church members were also given conditional discharge, meaning they would be free to go about their daily lives once Wilson was released.