'Too many people were getting hurt': Snake-handling pastor and his congregation EVICTED from their church after legendary preacher died from bite AND his son was bitten
- Pastor Andrew Hamblin's Pentecostal church practices a rare, century-old tradition of worshiping God with venomous snakes to show how He protects Christians
- Clyde Daugherty, the owner of the church building, said he evicted Mr Hamblin because he seemed more interested in media attention than the word of God and too many people were getting injured or dying from snake bites
- Mr Hamblin and fellow serpent-handling pastor Jamie Coots who died in February were stars of National Geographic's reality TV series Snake Salvation
A building owner evicted a pastor and his worshipers from their church because of their fondness for handling venomous snakes while praying and dancing.
Clyde Daugherty, who built the LaFollette, Tennessee-based church in 1994, rented the building to Andrew Hamblin for just $267 a month but eventually became fed up with all the serpents slithering about and occasionally injuring or killing congregants.'Too many people were getting hurt and dying, and that's a proven fact,' Mr Daugherty told 10News. 'He was focused too much on the wrong things, like attention from the media and the TV show, instead of the word of God.'