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John Bishop

Michelle Bishop, left, estranged wife of former Vancouver pastor John Bishop, right, walk toward James M. Carter and Judith N. Keep United States Courthouse in San Diego, Calif., on Friday afternoon, Sept. 21, 2018.

Drug sentencing for former Vancouver pastor John Bishop set over, again

Michelle Bishop, left, estranged wife of former Vancouver pastor John Bishop, right, walk toward James M. Carter and Judith N. Keep United States Courthouse in San Diego, Calif., on Friday afternoon, Sept. 21, 2018.

November 20, 2018, 4:01pm Clark County News

Former Vancouver pastor John Bishop’s sentencing hearing will continue for a second day Wednesday in his marijuana smuggling case. 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.

John Bishop sentencing in federal court set over, again

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 24, 2018, 2:23pm Clark County News

Sentencing for former Vancouver pastor John Bishop was postponed again Monday in order to give him time to give another interview to authorities. Read story

John Bishop and his estranged wife, Michelle Bishop, enter the James M. Carter and Judith N. Keep United States Courthouse in San Diego on Friday afternoon. John Bishop’s truthfulness was at issue during his hearing, which caused the judge to postpone his criminal sentencing until Monday.

Bishop gets short reprieve; federal judge delays sentencing until Monday

John Bishop and his estranged wife, Michelle Bishop, enter the James M. Carter and Judith N. Keep United States Courthouse in San Diego on Friday afternoon. John Bishop’s truthfulness was at issue during his hearing, which caused the judge to postpone his criminal sentencing until Monday.

September 21, 2018, 7:09pm Clark County News

SAN DIEGO -- Former Living Hope Church pastor John Bishop sat shocked at the defendant’s table as a judge late Friday afternoon ordered that his bail bond be revoked in his drug smuggling case and he be taken into federal custody. After spending the weekend in jail, he is now… Read story

John Bishop faces sentencing today in federal court in San Diego on drug smuggling charges.

John Bishop Part 6: Reflections from a single-wide trailer

John Bishop faces sentencing today in federal court in San Diego on drug smuggling charges.

September 21, 2018, 6:05am Churches & Religion

The newsroom phone rang Thursday, Sept. 13 just before noon. It was Andrea Madison, a former Living Hope Church congregant and a friend of former pastor John Bishop. After catching wind of The Columbian’s impending series of articles on Bishop and the church, Madison, 61, wanted the opportunity to tell… Read story

Pastor Neal Curtiss, one of two lead pastors at Living Hope church, at a Sunday service in July.

John Bishop Part 5: Finding new paths

Pastor Neal Curtiss, one of two lead pastors at Living Hope church, at a Sunday service in July.

September 20, 2018, 6:05am Churches & Religion

At 5:25 a.m. Dec. 11, John Bishop drove a gray Volkswagen Jetta, bearing California license plates, into commuter lane No. 6 at the international port of entry in San Ysidro, Calif. He told a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer he was headed to Chula Vista, Calif., with nothing to… Read story

“I couldn’t shield him from an addiction to heroin. I couldn’t protect him from the law. I couldn’t shield him from jail. And sadly, he couldn’t spare himself either, because he had never learned about consequences of poor choices when he was growing up,” Bishop wrote.

John Bishop Part 4: Blue light special brings new crises

“I couldn’t shield him from an addiction to heroin. I couldn’t protect him from the law. I couldn’t shield him from jail. And sadly, he couldn’t spare himself either, because he had never learned about consequences of poor choices when he was growing up,” Bishop wrote.

September 19, 2018, 6:05am Churches & Religion

Securing $5 million to purchase the “promised land” was a huge leap of faith for John Bishop’s flock, but there was no turning back. Read story

Living Hope Church pastor John Bishop got up close and personal with a tiger named Sundar at a service in 2007,  during the last of the ARK series, "Risk of Moving." From left are Dan Stockdale of Harriman, Tenn., left, and Rick Kelly of San Bernadino, Calif., owner of Amazing Animal Productions.

John Bishop Part 3: ‘Can’t have two tigers on the hill’

Living Hope Church pastor John Bishop got up close and personal with a tiger named Sundar at a service in 2007,  during the last of the ARK series, "Risk of Moving." From left are Dan Stockdale of Harriman, Tenn., left, and Rick Kelly of San Bernadino, Calif., owner of Amazing Animal Productions.

September 18, 2018, 6:02am Churches & Religion

Pastor John Bishop sauntered across Living Hope Church’s stage and ran his hand along the side of an adult Bengal tiger. He gave it a few pats. Read story

John Bishop, former pastor of the Living Hope Church, performs baptisms during Easter services in 2006.

John Bishop Part 2: ‘The best show in town’

John Bishop, former pastor of the Living Hope Church, performs baptisms during Easter services in 2006.

September 17, 2018, 6:00am Churches & Religion

Before it became an edgy, headline-grabbing house of God, Living Hope Church was just a group of friends who worshipped together. Read story

Living Hope Church was co-founded by former pastor John Bishop.

John Bishop Part 1: The making of a man of God

Living Hope Church was co-founded by former pastor John Bishop.

September 16, 2018, 6:00am Churches & Religion

More than 14,000 worshippers filled Portland’s Rose Garden arena on Easter Sunday 2007. Traffic backed up on Interstate 5. About 700 people were baptized in four above-ground swimming pools. T-shirts were launched from air cannons, and a blimp flew overhead dropping more swag. Read story

The Rev. John Bishop of Living Hope Church in 2011. Bishop pleaded guilty Thursday to a federal drug charge in U.S. District Court in Southern California for trying to smuggle more than 280 pounds of marijuana into the country from Mexico. He will be sentenced May 11.

Former pastor pleads guilty in marijuana smuggling attempt

The Rev. John Bishop of Living Hope Church in 2011. Bishop pleaded guilty Thursday to a federal drug charge in U.S. District Court in Southern California for trying to smuggle more than 280 pounds of marijuana into the country from Mexico. He will be sentenced May 11.

February 8, 2018, 6:39pm Churches & Religion

John Bishop, who for nearly two decades led Vancouver’s Living Hope Church, pleaded guilty to a federal drug charge Thursday for trying to smuggle more than 280 pounds of marijuana into the country from Mexico. Read story