The man sent to prison for setting fire to a historic Dickson church will not be ordered to pay any restitution after church members said they have forgiven him. After pleading guilty to arson and getting a six-year sentence, 35-year-old Carlos D. Carr of Miller Street was scheduled to appear in Dickson County Circuit Court last Friday for a restitution hearing to possibly be ordered to pay costs that were not covered by insurance when New Hope Baptist Church was damaged by fire in May 2012. But Assistant District Attorney Ray Crouch told Judge Robert Burch Friday that the leaders of the century-old church on Highway 47 had informed the DA’s office that after much prayer the congregation has decided to forgive Carr for his actions and will not ask for any restitution. “I was impressed with the decision made by New Hope Baptist Church,” Crouch said in a statement Monday. “The defendant caused monetary damage to the church when he started the fire. The state was ready to proceed with a restitution hearing against Mr. Carr, at which the judge would order Mr. Carr to pay for the damages he caused upon his release from prison. The church made a decision to forgive Mr. Carr of the financial obligation. I hope Mr. Carr understands and appreciates the significance of this gesture.” Carr pleaded guilty to breaking into the church and stealing about $5 from a cash box, then setting a fire that severely damaged the church’s kitchen and dining hall and caused smoke damage to its original sanctuary. On June 15 the church held a dedication ceremony to celebrate the completion of renovations after the fire.