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Former home of controversial Franklin ministry up for sale

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The congregation was based out of this home in Franklin. (WSMV file photo) The congregation was based out of this home in Franklin. (WSMV file photo)
FRANKLIN, TN (WSMV) -

A house that was once home to a controversial ministry is now up for sale.

Wayne Jolley Ministries was a religious nonprofit group that operated out of a home in Franklin. Their congregation was also known as The Gathering, International.

The group’s leader, Wayne Jolley, lived at the house with his wife, Linda for several years. Jolley passed away in 2016.

Real estate agent Russ Barger confirmed that the house was put on the market, although he could not say when.

The house is listed at just under $1.4 million.

A Channel 4 I-Team investigation from 2016 showed how former members and employees accused the ministry of mishandling donations.

Jolley claimed their contributions were funding a worldwide radio ministry, but tax records show thousands of dollars over the years had funded home renovations.

The state Division of Charitable Solicitations, Fantasy Sports and Gaming imposed a civil penalty on the group for $5,000 last August. A letter from the division stated that the ministry had violated state law by “utilizing unfair, false, misleading or deceptive acts and practices affecting the conduct of solicitations for contributions.”

The ministry bought a property for a new church in Dickson County last March.

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