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Virginia pastor faces stalking, breaking and entering charges

Sergio Guardia

LYNCHBURG, Va. (BP) — A pastor previously employed with the Southern Baptist Convention of Virginia (SBCV) is facing multiple charges, including stalking.

Sergio Guardia was arrested on Nov. 10 with a stalking charge and a separate count of breaking and entering an occupied house to commit a misdemeanor. Another count of the latter was added the next day, according to court records.

A hearing has been set for Feb. 7.

An online search for Guardia lists among the results that he was the director of Hispanic Ministries for the SBCV, working among both Spanish-speaking and English-speaking churches. When the link is clicked, however, a missing page response appears. SBC Workspace lists him serving as campus pastor of Thomas Road en Español-Lynchburg from November 2013 to August 2019.

Guardia also was an occasional columnist for BP en Español, Baptist Press’ Spanish-language website.

Baptist Press left multiple messages for the Lynchburg Police Department for further comment, with none being received by press time.

“Sergio Guardia is no longer employed by the SBC of Virginia,” a convention representative said last week. “He resigned in November. We have been made aware that he is dealing with legal matters, and because of the legalities involved we have no further comment.”

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