Belton pastor charged with arson in church fire

A Belton pastor has been accused of setting fire to his church.

Christopher Daniels, 41, faces arson charges related to a fire set at Blue Ridge Baptist Church, formerly known as Triangle Baptist Church, in Belton.

According to a press release from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, Daniels has been charged with second degree arson, an offense punishable up to 25 years in prison.

The arrest warrant states that Daniels “willfully and maliciously set fire to burn” the church, located at 1340 Blue Ridge Ave. in Belton.

On March 12, SLED announced that Daniels has also been charged with breach of trust for with fraudulent intent for “receiving funds valued at more than $5,000 belonging to Blue Ridge Baptist Church.”

The church was organized in 1900 and has 98 members, according to a listing in the 2007 Annual of the South Carolina Baptist Convention.

At press time, Daniels was being held on $25,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court April 24.