Pastor Thomas Michaels was until recently the leader of the Spring Avenue “Church of His Lord And Master” in DuBois. He served a small congregation of 54 church members since 2007. However, he was arrested on Wednesday May 1, 2013, and was released on bail three days later. Michaels was stepped down as Pastor due to the controversy and was replaced by local philanthropist Seth Applegate. Applegate has served under Michaels for several years as an Assistant Pastor and Church Elder. Michaels now spends his days within the Spring Avenure Church, serving as a board member and Church Elder.