Local Pastor is a Peeping Tom

A local pastor and professor at Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids has been arrested for climbing a ladder to watch a woman having sex on two consecutive nights. He apparently told the police that he was just doing this to pray for her. This happened about 30 minutes from where I live.

Jeremy Gordon Grinnell, 40, of the Rockford area, has been charged with two counts of surveilling an unclothed person, a two-year felony.

Grinnell, an assistant professor of systematic theology at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, on Tuesday, Nov. 26, was placed on administrative leave with the university, a university spokesman confirmed…

Grinnell had been a teaching pastor at Bella Vista Church in the Rockford area, but resigned that position Nov. 17. The resignation was announced in a letter read to parishioners.

Kent County Sheriff’s investigators allege that Grinnell, in early November, went to the 37-year-old woman’s Cannon Township home.

Prosecutors say he used a ladder, apparently found on the property, to look into the second-floor bedroom window of the woman.

Police say he knew where the woman’s bedroom was located and noticed lights on in the room.

“Jeremy obtained a ladder, climbing to the second-floor window, where he observed through the window (two people) in the nude having sex,” sheriff’s investigators wrote in a affidavit to get a warrant against Grinnell.

“Jeremy admitted that he maintained this position for at least twenty seconds, watching them,” detectives wrote.

But he was just trying to pray for her. Because he couldn’t pray for her without looking in her window while she was having sex.

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  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    He should have said he worked for the NSA and he couldn’t say anything more about it because [CLASSIFIED] possible terror [CLASSIFIED] lubrication [CLASSIFIED] drone.

  • http://cheapsignals.blogspot.com Gretchen

    He apparently told the police that he was just doing this to pray for her.

    To which God replied “And? You were still trespassing and spying on her, you fuckwit. Any prayer that requires you sinning in order to report on someone else’s sin is kind of canceled out in the process, you know?”

  • hitchens2965

    Let’s hope he is forced to perform some praying (Deliverance Style Praying) in prison!

  • rabbitscribe

    Or better yet, let’s not.

  • http://cheapsignals.blogspot.com Gretchen

    Indeed. I don’t hope for anybody to get raped, thanks.

  • Abdul Alhazred

    Persecution.

    He’s arrested for praying, see?

    😉

  • http://cheapsignals.blogspot.com Gretchen

    And incidentally, neither did your namesake, “hitchens.”

  • sigurd jorsalfar

    Whenever Christians have told me “I’ll pray for you” they’ve never so much as even hinted to me that it only works if they are peeping into my bedroom window at the time. Were they lying to me? Or is that information hidden in one of those ‘allegorical’ parts of the bible that only Pastor Peeping Thomas has sussed out?

  • erichoug

    Does the church install porn blockers on his computer? Seriously.

  • bbgunn

    What? No ‘laying of hands to coax out demons’ proximity excuse?

  • http://www.facebook.com/kitwalker1990 chriswalker

    I saw a production of “The Taming of the Shrew” at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary (presumably, with a cast of students from Cornerstone as a whole). It was creepily inerrant and unironic in its performance of the text. Petruchio was gleefully abusive, Kate became unfailingly subservient, this was still a “happy” ending, etc.

    So what I’m saying is, couldn’t have happened to a nicer school.

  • Schlumbumbi

    Let’s hope he is forced to perform some praying (Deliverance Style Praying) in prison!

    American.Misandrist.Rape.Culture.

  • freehand

    He can pray for hours a day, if he likes, for various “actors” and “models” on the internet, and he wouldn’t be breaking any laws. Of course he wouldn’t then be creepy any longer, so it’s not clear how sincere he would be. Yahweh is the epitome of the creepy voyeur, and sets the standards.

  • tsig

    His prayer was:

    OH JESUS, JESUS…….OHHHHHHHHH.

  • freehand

    I remember back in the day when convenience sores carried naughty magazines, walking into one with my grandpa, the SBC preacher. He spotted those magazines and expressed outrage (Outrage, I say!). He saw them before I did, and I was a thirteen year-old male.

    I had already decided that sex sounded like great fun, and even though I was (mumble) years from kissing my first girl, I had correctly decided that church folks’ viewing of sex as sordid managed to make it so. They truly do hate joy of any kind. Even children running around yelling and laughing disturbs them. Grandpa caught me in the church once trying to work out a boogie rhythm on the church organ, and he was furious – yelled at me for “playing the Devil’s music”. The Devil has all the music and sex, I guess, but the church folk kept their share of the violence and hatred, for that is godly.

    The Devil has all the science too, come to think of it.

    Twain, I think, said “Heaven for climate, but Hell for conversation.”

  • freehand

    …convenience stores

    Jesus!

  • felidae

    It must be a new way to pray to have your dick in your hand while standing on a ladder while watching people screw

  • jnorris

    He is still listed as a faculty member at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. They should have temporarily removed his profile until he resigns or is fired.

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    What exactly was he praying for? How did he know that this woman wasn’t married and that the sex was of the totally non-sinful kind? Maybe she was ovulating and she and her husband were doing their once-per-month duty to God.

  • caseloweraz

    “…on two consecutive nights” ???

    Perhaps he mumbled the first night, and God couldn’t make out the words.

    Or perhaps Pastor Grinnell was too astonished by what he saw to pray the first night.

  • flatlander100

    Oh ye of littke faith! He was merely passing by on two evenings and doubtless heard the woman calling out “Oh, god! Oh god!”. How could a man of the cloth not respond to the summons?

  • pacal

    No doubt while watching this women have sex and praying for her he “saw God”!

  • paulg

    I’m assuming with the title of pastor he was allowed to have sex and marry and such? So repression isn’t even a good way to explain the reckless, criminal, invasive perversion. Just a nutjob.

  • cag

    He was just trying to be more godly. After all, god sees everything.

  • DonDueed

    Apparently he was caught when the ladder was mysteriously pushed away from the wall, causing him to fall to the ground.

  • Chaos Engineer

    This is why you’re supposed to read the whole Bible before you put any of it into practice.

    I’m guessing that he read the story of David and Bathsheba at 2 Samuel 11 and decided that it was a good idea. But later on, at 2 Samuel 12, God tells David that you’re not supposed to do that, even if it does seem like a good idea.

    I’m just glad that the police got involved before the pastor managed to send the woman’s partner off to die fighting the Ammonites. If he’d done that, then God would have been forced to murder the pastor’s son in order to teach him not to do that anymore.

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    The rev’s peckeradillo sounds like the story about the woman who complained to the hotel manager about the couple who were fucking in plain sight of her hotel room. The manager sent up the house detective who looked out of the room’s windows and told the woman, “I can’t see anything, ma’am.”. Her reply? “You have to stand on the dresser, stupid!”.

    “He should have said he worked for the NSA and he couldn’t say anything more about it because [CLASSIFIED] possible terror [CLASSIFIED] lubrication [CLASSIFIED] drone.”

    Um, Marcus, some friends of mine are really into porn. Could I borrow that transcript for the weekend?

  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    Marcus, some friends of mine are really into porn. Could I borrow that transcript for the weekend?

    No can do, a couple guys from the FBI called “dibs” on it.

  • Ichthyic

    has been arrested for climbing a ladder to watch a woman having sex on two consecutive nights

    Was his nickname “Bluto”?