I think the word you were looking for is "slandering". It may be that the person who is slandering you to the church congregation is mentally unbalanced. Perhaps you should speak with the pastor at the church where this has occurred. Perhaps the pastor knows this person and can somehow intercede. I do not suggest that you attempt to personally confront this individual. If you are in any way physically threatened or touched, you should call the police and file a complaint. You will have to assess whether or not this person has income or assets which would warrant pursuing him civilly for the falsehoods he is spreading. It may be best to just stay away from him or hire an attorney to send him a cease and desist type letter.
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You may have a few options that are best flushed out with an attorney who knows all the facts. Consider the possibility of defamation (if you have damages from the statements), intentional infliction of emotional distress, obtaining a protective order, etc. The point being that without all the facts the advice you get on here will be speculative, you should talk to a local attorney.
Best of luck!
Retain an attorney to send a Cease and Desist letter immediately. If that fails, then discuss with that attorney the prospect of pursuing further a suit for defamation. Realistically, unless this person has substantial assets, you would be wasting only your time and money by bringing a lawsuit, which can be expensive, without t reasonable likelihood of collecting on any judgment you might obtain.
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