Two evangelical pastors, a father and son were allegedly involved in storming the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021. This is the story of James Varnall Cusick Jr. and Casey Cusick of Global Outreach Ministries Church in Melbourne, Florida. Christian nationalism needs to be regarded as dangerous and in the view of this blog those who stormed the Capitol are no different than ISIL or Al Qaeda. The number of evangelicals who were into Christian nationalism who stormed the Capitol is profoundly disturbing.
“Riots born out of political issues aren’t the same as those born out of personal greed.“
Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you.
I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.
Isiah 41:10 NLT
An alleged Christian terrorist family. Casey Cusick, 35, on the right was allegedly involved in storming the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021. This account on Instagram looks like it was taken down.
Recently the FBI sat down in Florida and was interviewing a man about his involvement in the January 6, 2021 riot. It appears the information came from a tip. David John Lesperance was being asked about his activities in the Capitol and admitted that he was in Washington, D.C. from January 5 to 8th, 2021. Lesperance also said that he and his pastor were, “present at President Trump’s speech and then at the U.S. Capitol afterwards.” Lesperance admitted that “they” had entered the Capitol but he would not tell the FBI who “they” was. He indicated that the term, “they” included their pastor. The FBI through social media was able to connect David John Lesperance to the Cusick family.
Who are James Varnell Cusick Jr and Casey Cusick?
James Cusick is the Senior Pastor of Global Outreach Ministries in Melbourne, Florida. Global Outreach was incorporated in Florida in July of 1983. Cusick holds ministry credentials with the Association of Faith Churches. He also actively works and ministers with the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem. Also working at Global Outreach Ministries is James son’s Casey Cusick who is a pastor as well. Casey is the vice-president of the ministries. He has a degree from Rhema Bible College which he obtained in 2014. Note before the Instagram account disappeared I saw a couple of pictures of him posing or boasting of his degree from Rhema. Casey also spent three years working in Israel. The church website states that Cusick teaches, “The uncompromised truths of God’s Word with passion and purpose and weekly Bible studies.” The church had over 200 followers on Facebook before it was taken down. The church also locked down the website. However through the internet archive you can see more here.
Apprehension by FBI and a Social Media Trail
The indicators by David John Lesperance led to James and Casey Cusick. Pictures on Instagram placed them at the location and their clothing they were wearing was also captured in other pictures as they were allegedly storming the United States Capitol and breaking inside. There was a social media trail that they tried to scrub after their run in with the law. They made an appearance in court on Thursday June 24, 2021. They face charges of knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building or on grounds without lawful authority, disorderly or disruptive conduct in a restricted building and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds. They were released on $25,000 bond and had to submit to DNA collection, no possession of firearms, surrender of any passports, and travel restricted to the Middle District of Florida and the District of Columbia for court appearances. Looks like the Rhema conferences are out of the question. Bummer!
And in other news of Christian Godliness Florida Today also reports that this is not the first time Casey Cusick had a run in with the law. According to Brevard court records he also also arrested for disorderly conduct and striking his wife physically in public and causing her to bleed. So the lesson is don’t let the cute picture up top deceive you.
If you would like to read more about this father and son team you can do so at the following resources.
- Florida Today, “Melbourne pastor, his son and a congregant arrested in connection to January 6 Capitol Riot.”
- Law and Crime, “Florida Pastor Charged in U.S. Capitol Siege After One of His Own Followers Ratted Him Out.“
- Washington Post, “A Florida man admitted storming the Capitol, feds say. Then he told the FBI his pastor had come with him.“
- Newsweek, “Florida Pastor and Son Arrested In Capitol Riot After Congregant Provided Evidence to FBI.“
- Daily Mail, “MAGA rioter tells the FBI he stormed the US Capitol with his PASTOR – and now they both face charges.“
Some Closing Thoughts on This Situation
What struck me about this story is how two lives are destroyed. How a father failed to raise his son properly and even led him astray into committing violence and storming the Capitol. Look at that picture above. I took a screen shot of it and shortly afterward the Instagram account disappeared. If you didn’t know what this guy did would you have suspected or thought that Casey engaged in terrorist activity? We need to keep track of ISIL and Al Qaeda, but we also need to keep track of Christian terrorists like the Cusicks. In some ways I would argue that they are more dangerous than ISIl or Al Qaeda because they can put on a disguise and fit in easier. I mean all Cusick needs to do is go to a Bible study, lift his hands in worship, shed a tear at the newest Chris Tomlin song, and quote 1 Corinthians or John and who would have guess that you have the makings of a terrorist? Christian nationalism is not something to take lightly. I have not written about the storming in the Capitol in a while but when I heard of this I knew it had to be written.
In the view of this blog Christian nationalism needs to be treated just like terrorism. When you think about it the people who invaded the capitol on January 6, did what Osama Bin Ladin did not do. They attacked the Capitol and invaded it. And when you consider the situation those who rioted and stormed the Capitol are worse than Al Qaeda. Why? They were Americans who assaulted democracy. They betrayed their form of government and commitment to democracy. Those who did so as Christian nationalists believe in theocracy and are opposed to democracy. This is a threat and one of the reasons why Christian nationalism is quite dangerous. In the view of this blog James Varnell Cusick Jr and Casey Cusick need to have the book thrown at them. They need to be held accountable for storming the Capitol. This blog wants the FBI to go after them with all resources possible.