An eastern Wilkes County pastor was arrested on over 100 counts of felony sex offenses Thursday, according to the Wilkes County Sheriff’s Office.

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Rodney Dean Luffman, 58, of Pleasant Ridge Road in State Road faces 116 felony-sex charges — 84 counts of taking indecent liberties with a child, 18 counts of statutory rape against a child between the ages of 13 and 15, 13 counts of first-degree sexual offense and one count of sexual offense, The Elkin Tribune reported.

He was charged in connection with two male victims and one female victim.

The victim’s ages ranged from 4 to 16 when the offenses happened, deputies say.

Most of the offenses reportedly happened between 2000 and 2015.

On Monday, he was in the Wilkes County Jail under a $1 million bond.

The investigation is ongoing.


Luffman is depicted as “Pastor Rodney” for the Open Arms Outreach Ministries, a non-denominational church on N.C. 268 in Elkin, according to church’s website. The church opened in January 2008.


As of Thursday, a Facebook page for “Evangelist Rodney Luffman” had 2,270 followers.

Luffman writes on that page, “My one and only goal in life is sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Biblical Fact, no sugar coating, nothing held back. Believe it all or none at all.