Pastor of Brave Church in Miami is fired after having affairs with three worshippers

EXCLUSIVE: Charismatic pastor, 46, of trendy Miami church is fired after having affairs with THREE worshippers – during which he ‘drank frequently, got matching tattoos with one lover, and used church’s credit card to fund trips for secret encounters’

  • David Stocker, 46, was forced to step down from his ministerial duties at Brave Church in April after an investigation found him guilty of ‘gross sexual misconduct and immoral actions’
  • The pastor, who had been preaching at the church in Miami’s Westchester neighborhood since 2014, is accused of engaging in sexual affairs with three women from his congregation, two while he was still married
  • The allegations are contained in a complaint filed by the church’s governing body, the Peninsular Florida District Council of the Assemblies of God, which sued Stocker in May after he refused to step down 
  • Court filings obtained by DailyMail.com state Stocker was found in breach of the church’s bylaws through his misconduct but was allowed to continuing preaching by the church’s directors 
  • The complaint reveals the pastor, who was married to wife Christina until 2020, is also accused of using the church’s credit card to pay for flights and hotels for the clandestine encounters 
  • One of his lovers, identified in documents only as ‘Woman #1’, reported their illicit relationship to the church’s governing body, turning over a trove of evidence   
  • She claimed the two had sex on their first date after connecting on Instagram in 2019 and later got matching tattoos of the day they met
  • She also alleged that the pastor, who was to abstain from alcohol, was frequently drunk and would occasionally indulge in drinking in high-profile public places
  • The woman said the two also traveled several times together, including two trips to New York for which he allegedly bought her flight with the church’s money

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A Christian pastor of a trendy Miami church has been forced out for allegedly having steamy affairs with three women from his congregation, two while he was still married, DailyMail.com can reveal. 

David Stocker, 46, was fired from Brave Church in the city’s Westchester district in April after its overseeing body – the Peninsular Florida District Council of the Assemblies of God – found him guilty of ‘gross sexual misconduct and immoral actions.’

The clergyman, who had preached at the church since 2014, is also accused of using the church’s credit card to fund some of his illicit encounters, including paying for a flight to New York for one of his lovers.

The shocking allegations are contained in a 307-page complaint filed by the council that sued Stocker after he refused to step down and continued preaching despite being dismissed for breaching the church’s bylaws.

Stocker’s attorney did not immediately comment on the sex and alcohol allegations when contacted by DailyMail.com. 

The pastor was investigated after the scorned woman from his first alleged affair reported him to the council in a damning email in January, in which she supplied ‘hundreds’ of photographs, videos, and text messages cataloging his shame.

The woman, whose identity is being protected by the council, was distraught after discovering Stocker went on to have relationships with two other worshippers – and is currently still with one of them, according to the legal papers filed in Miami-Dade Circuit Court.

David Stocker, 46, who was the pastor of Brave Church in Miami since 2014, was forced out of the pulpit in April, when he was fired for 'gross sexual misconduct and immoral actions'

David Stocker, 46, who was the pastor of Brave Church in Miami since 2014, was forced out of the pulpit in April, when he was fired for ‘gross sexual misconduct and immoral actions’

Stocker was accused of engaging in affairs with three different women in his congregation, even while he was still married to ex-wife Christina, in a damning email sent to the church's governing body exposing his philandering

Stocker was accused of engaging in affairs with three different women in his congregation, even while he was still married to ex-wife Christina, in a damning email sent to the church’s governing body exposing his philandering 

One of his lovers, identified in documents as 'Woman #1', reported their illicit relationship, sharing photos of their clandestine encounters and secret getaways

Stocker and his lover on one of their vacations

One of his lovers, identified in documents as ‘Woman #1’, reported their illicit relationship, sharing photos of their clandestine encounters and secret getaways 

The middle-aged mother alleged she and Stocker had sex on their first date as part of their ‘whirlwind romance’ and later had each other’s names tattooed on their necks with the day they met. 

She also claimed the fired minister, whose position demanded he abstain totally from alcohol, was frequently drunk, sometimes while in high-profile public places.

This included an incident with a different alleged mistress at a Miami Heat basketball game, where police were called when the pair tried to walk on the court, she claimed in her email along with pictures of the incident.

Stocker, who joined Brave Church with then-wife Christina in 2014, was known for cutting a flamboyant figure as he preached to a vibrant and generally young congregation, which included many families. 

He took to the pulpit confidently each Sunday, microphone in hand, and bursting with emotion; his passionate and stirring words rising above live background music.

The preacher would mix his wardrobe between casual, smart, and dazzling – varying from dark jeans paired with a light top, to a stylish black suit and a shiny red leather jacket.

But his world came crashing down on April 15 when the council, a branch of the world’s largest Pentecostal denomination with 300 churches in Florida and the US Virgin Islands, fired him in a letter following the investigation, according to court documents. 

However, Stocker remained preaching at the large white painted church, which has the words ‘You Belong Here’ emblazoned on one side in white-on-black capital letters. 

He did not leave until the council launched its legal bid five weeks after informing him of its decision.

The charismatic pastor took to the pulpit confidently each Sunday, microphone in hand, and bursting with emotion; his passionate and stirring words rising above live background music

The charismatic pastor took to the pulpit confidently each Sunday, microphone in hand, and bursting with emotion; his passionate and stirring words rising above live background music

Stocker joined Brave Church with then-wife Christina in 2014

Stocker joined Brave Church with then-wife Christina in 2014

Even after he was fired by the church's governing body, Stocker remained preaching at the large white painted church, which has the words 'You Belong Here' emblazoned on one side in white-on-black capital letters

Even after he was fired by the church’s governing body, Stocker remained preaching at the large white painted church, which has the words ‘You Belong Here’ emblazoned on one side in white-on-black capital letters

Stocker cut a flamboyant figure as he preached to a vibrant and generally young congregation, and would mix his wardrobe between casual, smart, and flashy

Stocker praying over a worshipper during a service

Stocker cut a flamboyant figure as he preached to a vibrant and generally young congregation, and would mix his wardrobe between casual, smart, and flashy 

DailyMail.com approached the preacher this week outside the three-bedroom, $846,000 home in Miami where he appears to be living

DailyMail.com approached the preacher this week outside the three-bedroom, $846,000 home in Miami where he appears to be living

In the same action, the council sued Brave Church and directors Eliada Rivera, Yarilend Taboada, Josephine Lejuez and Nivia Pena for damages claiming they had covered up Stocker’s ‘misconduct’ and allowed him to keep his position. 

Additionally, it demanded that ownership of the church building be reverted to the organization.

The council, which also goes by PenFlorida, has now reached a settlement with the church and the directors, although the details are not known. 

It is unclear where that now leaves Stocker as the action against him in the court remains open.

DailyMail.com approached the preacher this week outside the three-bedroom, $846,000 home in Miami where he appears to be living.

He pulled into the driveway in a blue BMW 540i before getting out wearing sports gear. 

But the father of two refused to talk about the allegations surrounding his dismissal from the church – whose mission statement, ironically, is: ‘We are the church that is leading people to love.’

And in an additional twist, DailyMail.com can reveal the house on the quiet street is owned by Brave Church of Miami Inc., according to Miami-Dade property appraiser records.

So it would appear Stocker still has some connection to the organization despite the ongoing legal action. 

It is also surprising as congregants at the church this week insisted to DailyMail.com that Stocker had nothing to do with the place of worship any more – and that they had no clue where to find him.

The woman, whose identity is 'kept anonymous for her privacy and safety,' said the two would locally stay in hotels in Miami and Fort Lauderdale in order to keep their relationship secret while he was still married

The woman, whose identity is ‘kept anonymous for her privacy and safety,’ said the two would locally stay in hotels in Miami and Fort Lauderdale in order to keep their relationship secret while he was still married

Exhibits included in the 300-page complaint included a slew of photographic evidence of the pair's trysts and secret encounters. Above are pictures taken at the W Hotel in Fort Lauderdale in May 2019

Exhibits included in the 300-page complaint included a slew of photographic evidence of the pair’s trysts and secret encounters. Above are pictures taken at the W Hotel in Fort Lauderdale in May 2019

Stocker consistently denied his affairs despite intimate looking photographs supplied by his first 'mistress'

Stocker consistently denied his affairs despite intimate looking photographs supplied by his first ‘mistress’

Court filings obtained by DailyMail.com claim Stocker breached the church's bylaws but was allowed to continuing preaching by the church's directors

Court filings obtained by DailyMail.com claim Stocker breached the church’s bylaws but was allowed to continuing preaching by the church’s directors

The council, a branch of the world's largest Pentecostal denomination with 300 churches in Florida and the US Virgin Islands, fired him in an April 15 letter following the investigation

The council, a branch of the world’s largest Pentecostal denomination with 300 churches in Florida and the US Virgin Islands, fired him in an April 15 letter following the investigation

According to the 307-page complaint filed on May 24, Stocker and ‘mistress’ number one connected through Instagram in April 2019.

It said the ‘identity of Woman #1 will be kept anonymous for her privacy and safety’.

It continued: ‘In a written statement Woman #1 provided to PenFlorida on January 17, 2022, she confessed that she and Stocker went on their first date on April 7, 2019, after which they engaged in sexual relations.

‘Woman #1 also revealed that Stocker was involved in a sexual relationship with at least two other women from the congregation, and indicated that on at least two occasions, Stocker used church funds for his personal use.

‘According to Woman #1, Stocker, who at the time was separated from his now ex-wife but was still legally married to her, connected with her via social media, and the two began a secretive affair that was on and off for the next couple of years.

‘The two traveled to New York City on two occasions, and traveled to California on another occasion, all while continuing to engage in sexual relations. For one of these trips, Woman #1 reported that Stocker purchased her flight with the Church’s money.

‘Woman #1 also revealed that she and Stocker, in order to keep their relationship secret while he was still married (the divorce was finalized in August of 2020), would locally stay in hotels in Miami and Fort Lauderdale….

‘Stocker’s then-wife became suspicious of the affair and conveyed these suspicions to PenFlorida. When PenFlorida confronted Stocker about the affair, he lied and denied it.’

The woman provided ‘hundreds of text messages, photographs and videos evidencing the affair and Stocker’s indiscretions’, said the lawsuit.

Many of these are included in the court documents and are described as ‘demonstrating Stocker’s inappropriate sexual behavior as well as his tendency to use alcohol (which the AG does not condone) and act erratically’.

He was seen pulling into the driveway in a blue BMW 540i before getting out wearing sports gear

He was seen pulling into the driveway in a blue BMW 540i before getting out wearing sports gear

General view of the Miami home of David Stocker, former pastor at Brave Church

General view of the Miami home of David Stocker, former pastor at Brave Church

The paperwork continued: ‘About four months into their relationship, Woman #1 discovered that Stocker was paying particular attention to another woman from the congregation (Woman #2).

‘While Stocker denied that the relationship was romantic, Woman #1 learned many months later (around November of 2021) that Stocker had, in fact, been romantically involved with Woman #2 the entire time he had been involved with her — all while still being legally married to his then wife.

‘To date, Woman #2 remains Stocker’s girlfriend.

‘Meanwhile, around July of 2020, Woman #1 confirmed that Stocker was cheating on her with yet a third woman (Woman #3). Upon learning this fact, Woman #1 ended her relationship with Stocker, though the two later rekindled and remained on and off for another year.’

The pastor had ‘issues with alcohol use, which caused him to become aggressive and emotional,’ the papers continued.

‘For example, according to a witness who observed Stocker and Woman #2 at a Miami Heat basketball game on November 4, 2021, the two ‘were so drunk both of them attempted to walk onto the court. The police intervened to stop them and David Stocker Jr. got very angry and aggressively screamed at the police.’

Photos of the incident were included in the paperwork.

Stocker consistently denied his affairs despite intimate looking photographs supplied by his first ‘mistress’, although the circumstances in which they were taken are not always explained.

A photo of the pair's trip to New York City was included in the lawsuit. The woman claimed Stocker paid for her flight with the church's credit card

A photo of the pair’s trip to New York City was included in the lawsuit. The woman claimed Stocker paid for her flight with the church’s credit card 

Stocker's mistress submitted photos of her tattoos, one of Stocker's initials on the back of her neck and another of the date they met that Stocker also has

Stocker’s mistress submitted photos of her tattoos, one of Stocker’s initials on the back of her neck and another of the date they met that Stocker also has 

In January this year, the woman reported the pair's illicit affair to the Peninsular Florida District Council of the Assemblies of God revealing they began seeing each other in April 2019, a few months after he announced his divorce

In January this year, the woman reported the pair’s illicit affair to the Peninsular Florida District Council of the Assemblies of God revealing they began seeing each other in April 2019, a few months after he announced his divorce 

 

During what she described as a 'whirlwind romance', the woman explained the two got matching tattoos, went on several vacations, and said Stocker would frequently indulge in alcohol

During what she described as a ‘whirlwind romance’, the woman explained the two got matching tattoos, went on several vacations, and said Stocker would frequently indulge in alcohol

‘During PenFlorida’s interview with Stocker, Stocker was asked if he was ever in a relationship with Woman #1. Contrary to the videos, photos, and evidence that the Presbytery had in its possession, Stocker lied and denied it,’ the documents state.

On April 15 he was sent a letter saying he was being dismissed as a minister of the Assemblies of God, but refused to stand down.

‘Stocker is prohibited from continuing his ministerial duties on behalf of Brave Church, let alone any AG affiliated church. Despite this, since receiving notice of his dismissal, he has ignored the rules and regulations he swore to uphold as a faith leader and continues to do so,’ the legal action stated.

The email from whistle blower ‘Woman #1’ is included in the lawsuit. 

She wrote to a representative of the church’s governing body on January 9 saying: ‘We went on our first date April 7, 2019 in which we had dinner and went back to his apartment and unfortunately engaged in sex.

‘From then on it was a whirlwind romance (as you can see in the pictures, hopefully you can pause the video to see clearly).

‘I have his initials tattooed on the back of my neck and the day we met. He has my name and the day we met tattooed as well.

‘We traveled alone to NYC twice and to California. We would stay in hotels in Miami and Fort Lauderdale but we kept things quiet because he was legally married to Christina.’

She indicates pangs of conscience by saying: ‘We would both have conviction about having sex but we continued. 

The woman claimed Stocker, who was supposed to be abstinent, was frequently drunk, at times in high-profile public places, including an incident with a different alleged mistress at a Miami Heat basketball game

The woman claimed Stocker, who was supposed to be abstinent, was frequently drunk, at times in high-profile public places, including an incident with a different alleged mistress at a Miami Heat basketball game

She shared photos of the scene where police were called when the pair tried to walk on the court

She shared photos of the scene where police were called when the pair tried to walk on the court

‘After about 2 months of us being together he called me drunk … from that day on the drunk phone calls, text msg voice notes became more frequent.

‘4 months later I caught him talking to a girl named (redacted). He hid her name under ‘enzo’ on his phone.’

She continues: ‘The whirlwind romance continued, he met my son, hung out with my family, went on vacation with my family and son.

‘He suddenly had to go to California to preach and was upset I couldn’t make it so he went alone. During that time he called me drunk multiple times.

‘When he came back he confessed he had seen (name redacted) there but they ‘weren’t alone’… at this point I’m sexually involved with him for months, head over heels in love… I couldn’t leave even tho I knew I was in a very toxic relationship.

‘Fast forward a couple more months the sex and alcohol abuse (on his side) continued.’

She alleged Stocker had ‘breakdowns crying uncontrollably unlike I have ever seen’ through alcohol and ‘told him he needed to go to rehab’.

The woman adds: ‘I then began to confide in my family about the relationship and how toxic it was and a couple of days later I found out he was cheating on me with a woman named (name redacted).’

She says the pastor of another Miami church could confirm this because ‘David met him and told him he was on dating apps and he had met her and dated her’.

They split up but later reunited and ‘we had sex twice’ but his ‘alcohol abuse continued,’ she says.

Stocker also became jealous, she alleged, in the ‘very toxic relationship where if I posted a pic that he thought was ‘too sex’ for other men to see he wouldn’t speak to me for days’. 

The father of two refused to talk about the allegations surrounding his dismissal from the church – whose mission statement, ironically, is: 'We are the church that is leading people to love'

The father of two refused to talk about the allegations surrounding his dismissal from the church – whose mission statement, ironically, is: ‘We are the church that is leading people to love’

Stocker and wife Christina divorced in 2020 after 18 years of marriage

Stocker and wife Christina divorced in 2020 after 18 years of marriage 

In November 2021 the pastor was ‘really pursuing me…I was falling back into the trap. He told me he was single and he wanted to meet up.’

They met in the Coconut Grove neighborhood of Miami ‘and he melted into my arms crying saying he loves me and can’t live without me… the next day I met him at a tattoo shop while he was getting a pistol tattooed on himself.’

However, despite the declaration of love, Stocker then cheated on the woman again, she alleged, which is when she says she finished their relationship.

She branded the preacher a ‘narcissistic master manipulator’. But she realized her own part in the alleged affair by writing: ‘I am complicit in this because I also continued to support and love and sleep with him instead of leaving.. I am very embarrassed.’

The woman claimed Stocker was drunk at the spectacular Astra Rooftop bar in Miami’s uber-trendy Wynwood area, Tanuki sushi restaurant in Miami Beach and Makoto Japanese restaurant in exclusive Bal Harbor.

Fallout from Stocker’s alleged affairs also saw him face different legal action in December 2021, when the former boyfriend of a woman said to have been involved with the pastor accused him of stalking.

Fallout from Stocker's alleged affairs also saw him face different legal action in December 2021, when the former boyfriend of a woman said to have been involved with the pastor accused him of stalking

Fallout from Stocker’s alleged affairs also saw him face different legal action in December 2021, when the former boyfriend of a woman said to have been involved with the pastor accused him of stalking

David Marotta petitioned Miami-Dade Circuit Court domestic violence division for a protection order against Stocker. 

He ticked the boxes claiming he was a stalking victim because the preacher had ‘threatened harm to the petitioner’ when he arrived at his RV.

The narrative said Stocker was ‘the petitioner’s ex-wives’ (sic) boyfriend’ and continued:’ On December 15, 2021 the respondent showed up at the petitioner home bagging (banging) on the windows.

‘The petitioner called the police, when the officer arrive, while they were speaking to the petitioner’s ex-wife, the respondent walked around the RV and walked to the petitioner and said ‘you don’t know who you’re scr**ing with ill (sic) destroy your life. I know lots of important people.’

The action was eventually dismissed by a judge for lack of evidence.

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