Chattanooga evangelist arrested in alleged violation of order of protection

Hamilton County Sheriff's Office photo / Timothy W. Meyer
photo Hamilton County Sheriff's Office photo / Timothy W. Meyer

A local faith leader was arrested this week for allegedly violating an order of protection related to his August arrest, when he was charged with stalking an employee of Walmart on Signal Mountain Road.

Timothy W. Meyer, 47, was arrested shortly before 5 p.m Monday at his home on Spring Valley Lane in Chattanooga after he attempted to contact the same Walmart employee via text message, according to an arrest report.

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He was charged with violation of an order of protection. His bond was set Tuesday at $3,000 in a hearing before Judge Gerald Webb. Meyer was able to post bond and was released from Silverdale Detention Center. His next court date is Feb. 3. Efforts to reach him after his release were unsuccessful.

Meyer is listed as the director of missions for E-VAN Ministries, an "international, faith-based mission organization that is focused on spreading love and hope to the world," according to the organization's website. Meyer has traveled with his ministry to Costa Rica, Mexico and Lebanon, the website says.

Calls and emails to the organization about Meyer's current position there went unanswered.

According to state records, Meyer has also lived in Toledo and Canton, Ohio, Tampa, Florida, and Billings, Montana, as well as Birchwood and Chattanooga in Tennessee.

Meyer was previously arrested Aug. 14 for allegedly stalking the same woman. During that arrest, he reportedly attempted to bite officers and was charged with stalking, resisting arrest, obstruction of legal process and criminal trespassing.

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Contact La Shawn Pagán at lpagan@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6476. Follow her on Twitter @LaShawnPagan.