Jordan Daniel Hall, also known as JD, was arrested on the evening of May 11, 2022, by the Sidney Police Department in Montana for driving under the influence of drugs. Hall is the pastor of Fellowship Baptist Church (FBC), a 100+ member former Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) church in Sidney (according to their website the church left the SBC in 2018 after FBC believes the denomination started to “slide into liberalism and Critical Race Theory”).
Hall, who was also carrying a concealed handgun at the time of his arrest, tested 0.00 during the blood alcohol test administered at the stop. However, according to the police report, he performed “very poorly” during a Standardized Field Sobriety Test (SFST).
Sidney Police Department’s arrest report reads, “The Defendant proceeded past the white stop bar on the 100 block of East Holly Street and crossed into bicycle lane on West Holly Street. Upon contact, the Defendant was moving/speaking slowly, his eyes were closing slowly, and deliberately, he had slurred/mumbled speech at times, his eyes were watery, he stumbled, and had poor balance, etc. The Defendant performed very poorly on SFST’s PBT result 0.00 Blood draw.”
The report said that as Hall was taken into custody, he “was found to be in possession of a Smith and Wesson M2.0 Shield handgun. The weapon was secured in an in the waistband holster under a coat on the Defendant’s right waistline.”
Hall has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs, carrying a concealed weapon while under the influence of drugs, and multiple traffic violations.
The 40-year-old pastor pleaded not guilty to the charges the day after his arrest and is scheduled to appear in court on July 19, 2022.
Hall claims that the symptoms described in the police report were a result of a lack of vitamin D, and he denies being under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
“They found no alcohol in my system because I was not using alcohol or any other kind of illegal narcotic or recreational drug,” Hall told a local news publication. “I was experiencing a known and medically documented severe vitamin D deficiency.”
Hall is the founder of “Pulpit & Pen,” the number one polemic website in the world, according to their Facebook page. (A polemic is defined as a strong verbal or written attack on someone or something.) Facebook banned Pulpit & Pen in 2020 after the site was labeled “false news.”
In order to get around Facebook’s ban, the site changed its name and is now called Protestia. The site is part of Hall’s Gideon Knox Group, a collaboration that includes Gideon Knox Consulting, SermonAudio, Polemics Report, Protestia, The Bible Thumping Wingnut, Bulldogmatic Bible Study, Montana Daily Gazette, and KHDN 1203AM.
“We are bulldogs for righteous causes, and aren’t afraid to admit it,” the site says. “We have a very particular set of skills and will use them to give you the edge.”
Protestia describes itself as “providing alternative Christian news in an age of widespread censorship.” The site is overseen by Fellowship Baptist Church. Protestia frequently criticizes fellow SBC churches and pastors, as well as leaders outside the denomination. Leaders the site has criticized include Beth Moore, Russell Moore, Julie Roys, Karen Swallow Prior, Danny Akin, Bart Barber, Ed Litton, David Platt, Jackie Hill Perry, Greg Locke, Andy Stanley, Ed Stetzer, J.D. Greear, and Tim Keller, to name a few.