TREMONT — Police are investigating allegations against a Southwest Harbor man who recently resigned as pastor of the Tremont Congregational Church and St. Brendan’s Anglican Mission.
In a press release, the Rt. Rev. Julian Dobbs, diocesan bishop of the Convocation of Anglican Church in North America, wrote that Wayne Buchanan resigned as pastor of the church on Jan. 7.
“In January, law enforcement contacted Dr. Buchanan regarding a matter unrelated to his ministry as a pastor,” the press release states.
Buchanan, the release continues, has been “removed from his holy orders in the Anglican Church by action of the bishop according to the canons of the church and no longer is a member of the Anglican clergy.”
A search warrant was issued for Buchanan’s home, but a judge has sealed the document, according to a Hancock County court clerk.
Rev. Clay Gilley of Tremont has been appointed to serve as interim minister of the church. A search has begun for a full-time pastor, according to the release.
On Tuesday, Gilley confirmed Buchanan’s resignation and the police investigation.
“We don’t know exactly why,” he said.
The congregation is “concerned about Wayne and reflecting on that,” Gilley said.
According to Gilley, the congregation at the Tremont church is split, with roughly half Congregationalists and the other half Anglicans. Both denominations worship at the same service, which is led by Anglican clergy.