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John Bishop

Ex-pastor John Bishop returns to Vancouver to publicly confess, apologize

August 18, 2023, 2:10pm Churches & Religion

the disgraced former pastor who founded the Living Hope Church in Vancouver and later served a three-year prison sentence for smuggling drugs into the country, is returning to Vancouver to… Read story

Former Vancouver pastor John Bishop set for early release from prison

November 24, 2021, 6:07am Clark County News

Former Living Hope Church pastor John Bishop is scheduled to be released from federal custody today, two years before his prison term was set to end. Read story

John Bishop leads a prayer during a staff meeting at Living Hope Church on Oct. 21, 2011.

Christian Bale to portray ex-Living Hope Church leader Bishop in movie about pastor’s fall

John Bishop leads a prayer during a staff meeting at Living Hope Church on Oct. 21, 2011.

August 25, 2021, 6:15am Churches & Religion

who’s played a psychotic killer, Batman and former Vice President Dick Cheney — is set to star in a film about former Living Hope Church pastor turned convicted drug smuggler John Bishop. Read story

Former Vancouver pastor John Bishop, left, arrives to be sentenced for unlawful importation of a controlled substance-marijuana at the James M. Carter and Judith N. Keep United States Courthouse in San Diego, Calif., on Friday morning, Sept. 21, 2018.

Imprisoned Vancouver pastor John Bishop has brain tumor, friend says

Former Vancouver pastor John Bishop, left, arrives to be sentenced for unlawful importation of a controlled substance-marijuana at the James M. Carter and Judith N. Keep United States Courthouse in San Diego, Calif., on Friday morning, Sept. 21, 2018.

February 14, 2020, 6:36pm Clark County News

A friend of former Vancouver pastor John Bishop's, who is serving time in federal prison, says Bishop is suffering from a brain tumor and that donations would be welcomed. While prison officials would not discuss Bishop's health, they say the government offers medical care at no cost to inmates. Read story

Federal court tosses former pastor John Bishop’s appeal

September 24, 2019, 6:04am Churches & Religion

A federal appeals court has dismissed a petition by former Living Hope Church pastor John Bishop to review his federal drug-smuggling sentence. Read story

Former Vancouver pastor John Bishop, left, arrives to be sentenced for unlawful importation of a controlled substance-marijuana at the James M. Carter and Judith N Keep United States Courthouse in San Diego, Calif., on Friday morning, Sept. 21, 2018.

Government files motion to dismiss John Bishop’s appeal

Former Vancouver pastor John Bishop, left, arrives to be sentenced for unlawful importation of a controlled substance-marijuana at the James M. Carter and Judith N Keep United States Courthouse in San Diego, Calif., on Friday morning, Sept. 21, 2018.

September 3, 2019, 5:15pm Churches & Religion

Can plastic and other materials used to wrap 105 packages of marijuana weigh more than 60 pounds? Former Living Hope Church pastor John Bishop apparently thinks so, and is using that as his argument to appeal his federal prison sentence. Read story

John Bishop in 2018.

Former pastor John Bishop granted extension in appeals process

John Bishop in 2018.

May 15, 2019, 11:03am Clark County News

Former Living Hope Church pastor John Bishop was granted a second extension to explain why he’s appealing his drug-smuggling sentence, in part, because his new attorney has had a difficult time reaching him in prison. Read story

Former Vancouver pastor John Bishop, left, outside the courthouse in San Diego, Calif., in September. Sentencing was delayed, and Bishop is appealing the five-year sentence handed down two months later.

John Bishop saga continues: Vanity Fair runs interview with ex-pastor

Former Vancouver pastor John Bishop, left, outside the courthouse in San Diego, Calif., in September. Sentencing was delayed, and Bishop is appealing the five-year sentence handed down two months later.

April 19, 2019, 5:08pm Churches & Religion

Disgraced former Living Hope Church pastor John Bishop is once again in the limelight. Read story

Former Vancouver pastor John Bishop, left, outside the courthouse in San Diego, Calif., in September. Sentencing was delayed, and Bishop is appealing the five-year sentence handed down two months later.

John Bishop appeals his drug sentence

Former Vancouver pastor John Bishop, left, outside the courthouse in San Diego, Calif., in September. Sentencing was delayed, and Bishop is appealing the five-year sentence handed down two months later.

December 14, 2018, 6:00am Churches & Religion

Former Living Hope Church pastor John Bishop is appealing his sentence in his federal drug-smuggling case to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, despite saying to the judge at sentencing: “One hundred percent, your judgment is what God wants.” Read story

Michelle Bishop, from left, and her estranged husband, former Vancouver pastor John Bishop, return to the courthouse for John Bishop’s sentencing for unlawful importation of a controlled substance-marijuana after a recess at the James M. Carter and Judith N. Keep United States Courthouse in San Diego, Calif., onSept. 21, 2018.

John Bishop sentenced to 5 years for drug smuggling

Michelle Bishop, from left, and her estranged husband, former Vancouver pastor John Bishop, return to the courthouse for John Bishop’s sentencing for unlawful importation of a controlled substance-marijuana after a recess at the James M. Carter and Judith N. Keep United States Courthouse in San Diego, Calif., onSept. 21, 2018.

November 21, 2018, 1:56pm Clark County News

Former Vancouver pastor John Bishop was sentenced to five years in prison on federal drug-smuggling charges Wednesday in U.S. District Court in San Diego. Read story