Pastor Survives Home Invasion From Man He Baptized Two Days Before

A pastor in Pennsylvania has described how he and his wife were threatened at their home by a man he had baptized just two days previously.

Pastor Daniel Miller, of Newton Township, told WBRE/WYOU of the "sheer terror" he experienced after a man entered home at around 4 a.m. on Wednesday, September 15.

Miller said that after hearing loud bangs he saw 44-year-old suspect Christopher Phillips at his door, who he recognized immediately

"I opened the door and yelled 'what are you doing here?' He said 'get out here you're not Pastor Dan'. I said 'I am Pastor Dan, two days ago I baptized you in the swimming pool right here'. He said 'you did not, you're not Pastor Dan' and he said 'get out here,'" Miller told WBRE/WYOU.

"He put his fists up. He wanted to fight me. He was going to beat me to death with his hands. Little did I know he did that to his father before, he thought he'd beat his father to death. I didn't know that of course at the time."

According to The Times-Tribune, before turning up at the pastor's home, Phillips attacked his own father while he slept, breaking his nose, eye socket, and six ribs. The victim in that attack, Neil Phillips, will now require facial reconstructive surgery.

Miller then told Christopher Phillips he had a gun before fleeing into the bathroom along with his wife. Although he was armed, the pastor said he did not want to shoot the 44-year-old.

"I knew if he breached the door and he's coming in we have to do something and my only thought was God I don't want to shoot somebody. I know his family so I don't want to shoot anybody but at the same time if your life is in danger I guess I would have," Miller said.

Miller said he and his wife then escaped through the bathroom window and ran barefoot through the woods to a neighbor's house.

Police eventually arrived at the home and detained the suspect following a physical struggle.

Christopher Philips is now facing charges of aggravated assault, simple assault, harassment, burglary, criminal trespassing, criminal mischief, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest.

"It's sheer terror in the middle of the night," Miller said. "This got to be a movie, this doesn't happen to people. This is crazy running for your life from somebody who's coming to kill you," Miller added.

The Lackawanna County Sheriff's Office has been contacted for comment.

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(File photo) Pastor Matthias Linke of the Evangelisch-Freikirchliche Gemeinde church baptises a newly converted Muslim refugee during a ceremony in Berlin on November 27, 2016. A Pennsylvania pastor and his wife survived a home invasion from a man who he had baptized two days previously. JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images