BETHANY, Okla. – Pastor Bill Kalfus has served for several years at the Williams Memorial Church of the Nazarene in Bethany.
He’s a simple man for a simple church, a man who is heartbroken about what happened in his church’s sanctuary on Election Day.
Someone stole a guitar box and three microphones while the church served as a polling place for voters.
“The things that they took were things that they could, you know, get out in daylight without having a lot of people, you know, notice it,” Bill Kalfus said.
He said over 1,100 people showed up to vote at the church on Election Day.
He also said the church staff went out of their way to accommodate everyone doing their civic duty.
“Except for a couple of lulls, it was very busy and we set up coffee and water, candy and popcorn and all kinds of stuff for folks,” Kalfus said.
The leadership just never expected someone would take advantage of the hospitality and steal.
“To know that somebody’s out there and lives that kind of a lifestyle, just kind of hurts. And not for me but for them,” Kalfus said.
He said he forgives whoever took the equipment and said the church will continue to serve as an election polling place in the future.