By: Julia Deng
ODESSA - A beloved community leader was rushed to the hospital Monday evening with stab wounds.
Pastor Donny Kyker of Odessa's Jesus House was attacked by a man staying in the church's transitional home, according to other temporary residents seeking shelter at the non-profit ministry.
He was reportedly stabbed in the back with an unknown weapon.
Odessa Police arrived at the E. 6th Street church shortly after 5 p.m. and confirmed the victim's injuries were non-life threatening.
Officers at the scene told NewsWest 9, one man had been taken into custody; his identity was not released.
"We all just started praying when [Pastor Kyker's] wife, Laura, told us they had to take him to the hospital," said Corey Ford, who has called the Jesus House "home" for the past nine months. "Laura and Donny and the Jesus House are a blessing. They're in our prayers."
A woman crying at the crime scene said, "Donny has such a way with people. He can put out any fire. I've never heard of [an incident involving a transitional home resident] like that here before."
She chose to remain anonymous, but told NewsWest 9 the man who allegedly stabbed the pastor "had only been [at the Jesus House] for a week."
Ford said a board committee would meet to discuss the future of those currently staying in the Jesus House transitional home.
Board members were not available for comment.
Pastor Kyker's condition is unknown, as of Monday night.
The Jesus House accepts donations mailed to the address below; it is unknown if a separate donation fund has been set up specifically for the pastor's medical bills.