Type to search

#ChurchToo Church Investigations

Son charged with sex crimes in church his father built

Gabriel Cuevas built his Jacksonville church by hand, erecting Temple of Prayer Assembly of God with his own labor in 1972.

Since his death, the congregation has been led by his son, Rafael Cuevas, who was charged this month with regularly sexually molesting a girl in the church and in his truck from 2017 to 2020. He was charged with two counts of sexual battery and six counts of lewd and lascivious molestation against a victim under 12 years old.

A second alleged victim has also come forward during the investigation into Cuevas.

Temple of Prayer Assembly of God is a small, independent congregation and is not affiliated with the Assemblies of God denomination.

Steve Rabey

Steve Rabey is a veteran author and journalist who has published more than 50 books and 2,000 articles about religion, spirituality, and culture. He was an instructor at Fuller and Denver seminaries and the U.S. Air Force Academy. He and his wife Lois live in Colorado.