Don't use this pastor for your confidences.
Cremation is much cheaper if you don't go through a funeral home and go directly to the crematorium. I've been told cremation costs start at $3,000 when you go to a funeral home. I have a feeling that's what this preacher was doing and saving people a lot of money. It also sounds like the funeral home directors are the ones that were really after him because of the money they were losing. It is common to store crematory remains in a church. Some Churches have little drawers some Churches have scatter gardens.
When my husband died I went directly to a crematorium and it cost me $600 which was $200 cheaper than a normal cremation because they were 2 hours late picking up the body. I did not buy an urn which would have been four or five hundred dollars more. Instead I opted for a cookie jar and a friend painted his initials and a picture of his favorite cowboy boots on it. I always felt sure that he would have preferred a cookie jar to an urn. This is a lousy photo but it's on the very top shelf and I would need a ladder to take a good picture.