Roanoke church standing behind pastor despite arrest, charges

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) A Roanoke pastor is out of jail and has the full support of his church.

Antonio Jones was arrested and charged with sexual misconduct against underage family members. Those claims date back to 2008.

Jones was released after posting a $5,000 bond on Tuesday.

On Wednesday night, several members of Jones' church told us they were shocked at the charges.

Antonio Jones founded Kingdom Harvest Church International in 2007, according to the church Facebook page.

This story has gotten traction online with a number of members coming to Jones' defense, calling him a "Man of God" and saying the Kingdom Harvest church family will get through this. The church posted a status earlier today which read, "UNITED WE STAND"

One member, who didn't wish to be identified or shown on camera told WDBJ7,

"This is church business that we doing here and the case is going to be city and court business. All we have to do is wait for the trial to end and other than that he hasn't been convicted, it's a trial."

Church members said Jones would not attend service Wednesday evening.

Jones is scheduled to appear in court on April 25.