Kidney failure blamed for arrested pastor’s uncharacteristic behavior

Courtesy : Shawnee County Jail

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – A pastor’s family says kidney failure may be to blame for his uncharacteristic behavior. Late Friday afternoon Light of the World Christian Center, Pastor Greg Varney‘s church, informed KSNT News that recent changes in Pastor Greg Varney‘s behavior are believed to be caused by the toxins released in his body due to kidney failure. The church says his family is working to get him help and asked the community to pray for their pastor.

The arrest report from the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office reveals Varney used a vehicle in the assault against his daughter. A man who attends the church tells us Varney was arrested after he smashed into another car as he was trying to leave. The church goer says this is uncharacteristic behavior by their beloved pastor. The sheriff’s office would not elaborate Friday on the specifics of the crime he’s accused of.

We checked with the Shawnee County Detention Center and Pastor Greg Varney remained behind bars as of Friday afternoon. Varney, 61, was booked into the Shawnee County jail on Wednesday. He was arrested on aggravated assault charges.

He is the pastor at Light of the World Christian Center at S.W. Gage and I-470. He founded the church with his wife in 1985, and the church has met at their current location since 1993. Read the press release from Light of the World Christian Center sent to KSNT News below:

Press Release from LOWCC:

Light of the World Christian Center Asks for Community’s Prayers for Pastor Greg Varney

Topeka, Kansas – September 30, 2016

Light of the World Christian Center is aware of the recent charges against our church founder, Pastor Greg Varney, and his family has given the church permission to relay details about Pastor Greg’s medical condition, which is directly responsible for the actions leading to these charges. We also feel it is important to tell the community that Pastor Greg did not harm or attempt to harm any person in the incident leading to his arrest.

In the last few years, Pastor Greg has had health concerns resulting in kidney failure. He took a sabbatical from the church to focus on his health, and he is receiving dialysis. During treatment, however, Pastor Greg’s family began to notice unexplained cognitive and behavioral changes they believe were caused by the toxins released in his body when his kidneys were not functioning. Pastor Greg and his family have been working with multiple doctors to determine a solution to these issues, and they will continue to aggressively pursue the medical treatment he needs. We are grateful to the wonderful doctors in Topeka who have been treating Pastor Greg, and we ask for your prayers that they might find the cause of these cognitive and behavioral changes and a suitable treatment for Pastor Greg.

Pastor Greg Varney has been an outstanding citizen in this community, giving the past 31 years to serving Topeka as Senior Pastor of Light of the World. As Pastor Greg remains on sabbatical for the foreseeable future while he and his family tend to his medical needs, the strong leadership team and amazing congregation of Light of the World Christian Center will continue the good work Pastors Greg and Debra Varney started so many years ago to be a strong light in the community. We ask for the community’s prayers for the church, Pastor Greg, and the Varney family as they search for answers.

Light of the World Christian Center is a Christian church in Topeka, Kansas. We are here to tell the untold, reach the unreached, and help the believers walk in faith and victory by the anointed teaching and preaching of the Gospel. ###


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