Ex-Eastview pastor charged with physically abusing infant daughter

Matt Everly
Matthew Everly was a pastor at Eastview Christian Church in Normal when he allegedly physically abused his infant daughter. (McLean County Jail)

By Howard Packowitz

BLOOMINGTON – A former pastor at Normal’s Eastview Christian Church faces multiple criminal charges for the alleged physical abuse of his infant daughter.

McLean County prosecutors have filed 11 charges in all against Matthew Everly, 25, of Bloomington, including aggravated battery of a child, aggravated domestic battery, and reckless conduct.

The child was only two weeks old when Everly allegedly broke both her legs in March. the baby, now two months old, is back in her mother’s care.

Everly posted a $25,035 cash bond and was released from the McLean County Jail.

On his LinkedIn page, Everly said he became pastor of senior high worship at Eastview in April 2013, and was hired as associate pastor of worship arts, a position he held for three years until he left the church in May.

When contacted by WJBC, Eastview’s senior pastor Mike Baker declined to comment on Everly’s employment status or the situation that led to criminal charges.

Howard Packowitz can be reached at howard.packowitz@cumulus.com.

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