LONGVIEW — The senior pastor of one of Longview’s oldest and largest churches has been suspended from duties after being arrested on a drunken driving charge.
John Logan “Jack” Matkin, pastor of Longview First United Methodist Church, was arrested April 19 in Smith County. He was released later in the day after posting $500 bond.
Fifty-six-year-old Matkin has served as senior pastor of the church for the past two years, said Ed Moore, acting as spokesman for the church.
As chairman of the church administrative counsel, Moore said he and two other church lay leaders were told of the arrest April 19 by a representative of the bishop’s office.