Seven men suspected of having committed the murder of American Reverend David Grinter of Bridge International Church in Kuala Lampur were arrested Thursday. A motive for the murder has yet to be released by Malaysian officials. Grinter was found rolled in cloth with a telephone charger cord wrapped around his neck in his home on May 4th. Officials were notified of the murder by a neighbor of the Grinters, as the Reverend’s wife was home in Australia at the time of the attack. The Reverend is survived by his wife and two sons, please be sure to keep the Grinters and the Bridge International Church in your prayers as further facts and evidence come to light in determining the motive of and those responsible for this likely ideologically-motivated murder.
06/02/2013 Malaysia (ChristianPost) – Seven men were arrested by Malaysia police on Thursday in connection to the death of a U.S. pastor earlier this month.
The Rev. David Ginter, 62, who was the senior pastor at the 200-member Bridge International Church in Kuala Lumpur, was found slain at his home on May 4, the Associate Press reported. Officials say he was found tied up with a cloth and a cellphone charger cable around his neck. A report concluded that he died from asphyxiation.
His wife, Sheryl, who was in Australia at the time, had asked for a neighbor to check up on him after she was unable to reach him.
A previous AP story noted that police have been investigating his death as a homicide but have not released a motive yet. Few details have been released on the arrested men so far but police believe a few of them personally knew the pastor. Rev. Ginter’s car, which had been missing since his death, has also been found.
Ang Ah Ban, the police head of criminal investigations in Ampang Jaya district, denied earlier reports that the men, mostly in their 20s and 30s, belonged to Bridge International Church. The Rev. Cristian Moscoso, the church’s other pastor, affirmed that no one from the congregation has been arrested.
According to the CIA World Factbook, 60 percent of Malaysia’s population is Muslim while Christians make up only nine percent.
Ginter, a graduate of Multnomah Bible College, previously served as the youth pastor for Smith Memorial Presbyterian Church in Fairview, Ore., and had served as minister for over 40 years in countries around the world, including the U.S., Asia and the Middle East.
According to the Bridge International Church website, he has three sons with his wife, who are currently living in the U.S, and two adopted Filipino teenage brothers.