via Joy105/by Raquel Jayson:
Kirbyjon Caldwell, the embattled pastor of Windsor Village United Methodist Church, announced his diagnosis of stage one prostate cancer on Facebook Saturday evening.
“I wanted to tell you myself before you heard it from someplace else, so you’d know what’s going on,” he said in a Facebook video.
Stage one prostate cancer is generally slow growing and curable, according to the cancer treatment provider Texas Oncology. Caldwell said he viewed his prognosis as favorable.
“I will die from something as we all will someday, but it won’t be, or ought not to be, from prostate cancer,” he said. He went on to urge his congregation to monitor their health.
“Go to your doctor, get your checkups, mammograms, pap smears, prostate check,” he said. “Be a good, faithful steward of your health.”
A Houston native, Caldwell is famous for his work at Windsor Village church, which he grew from 25 members in 1982 to over 16,000, according to the church website. He was one of President George W. Bush’s spiritual advisors and serves on the board of trustees for Baylor College of Medicine.
Caldwell has recently been accused of using his position as the senior pastor of the Windsor Village United Methodist Church to help lure nearly $3.5 million in investments in “Chinese bonds” that are not recognized by the Chinese government as financial instruments or legitimate bonds. Caldwell denies the claims and has pleaded not guilty to charges of federal fraud. The case is set to go to jury trial Dec. 2.