Columbiana pastor fired after arrest on drug charges

Published 12:07 pm Saturday, July 20, 2013

By NEAL WAGNER / City Editor

The Columbiana Church of Christ released its pastor on July 17, one day after he was arrested by the Birmingham Police Department on drug-related charges.

Paul Martin was arrested by the BPD during the early morning hours of July 16 on charges of unlawful possession or receipt of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to Jefferson County Jail records, Martin has been released from jail on bonds totaling $7,800.

Columbiana Church of Christ deacon J.W. Ross said Martin was “relieved from his duties” as pastor the day after the arrest.

“It’s been devastating to all of us. It’s something we will have to get over no matter how long it takes,” Ross said during a July 20 phone interview.

According to Alabama Code, unlawful possession or receipt of a controlled substance is a Class C felony. If convicted of the felony, Martin could face up to 10 years in prison.