Church votes to oust embattled pastor - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

Church votes to oust embattled pastor

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Dozens of members of one Hattiesburg church have cast their votes in an important election that has nothing to do with national politics, but according to them, has everything to do with saving their church. At a meeting today, by a unanimous vote, 42 members of Friendship Baptist Church voted to oust current church pastor Gerry James.

He's the minister we first told you about a few days ago, who was recently arrested on the Gulf Coast on multiple charges, including DUI, threatening a police officer and possession of marijuana. He's also been accused by church members of mismanaging church finances in the wake of a 2007 fire that destroyed their church.

The members say the vote represents about half of the adult members of the congregation. The results will be turned over to their attorney.

We spoke to pastor James this afternoon. He told us no one had authority to call a church meeting and said the members who voted are part of a small group that failed to vote him out last September.

He said he's going to continue to pastor the church and said Friendship Baptist Church will hold services tomorrow at the C.E. Roy Community Center.

©2010 WDAM. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

 

 

  • Local NewsLOCALMore>>

  • Beer may lack fizz in Europe amid carbon dioxide shortage

    Beer may lack fizz in Europe amid carbon dioxide shortage

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 6:51 AM EDT2018-06-20 10:51:23 GMT
    Friday, June 22 2018 11:14 AM EDT2018-06-22 15:14:04 GMT
    (Nigel French/PA via AP). England supporters celebrate Harry Kane's winning goal as fans watch the World Cup soccer match between Tunisia and England at the Lord Raglan Pub in London, Monday, June 18, 2018.(Nigel French/PA via AP). England supporters celebrate Harry Kane's winning goal as fans watch the World Cup soccer match between Tunisia and England at the Lord Raglan Pub in London, Monday, June 18, 2018.
    A British trade group says there's a shortage of carbon dioxide in Northern Europe _ sparking fears that drinks may lack fizz just as thirsty soccer fans fill pubs for the World Cup.More >>
    A British trade group says there's a shortage of carbon dioxide in Northern Europe _ sparking fears that drinks may lack fizz just as thirsty soccer fans fill pubs for the World Cup.More >>
  • SURVEILLANCE VIDEO: Car skids into embankment, goes airborne and lands between fuel pumps

    SURVEILLANCE VIDEO: Car skids into embankment, goes airborne and lands between fuel pumps

    Friday, June 22 2018 10:22 AM EDT2018-06-22 14:22:40 GMT
    Surveillance cameras on a brand new gas station and convenience store capture a white compact sedan apparently speeding down Old Fannin Road towards Lakeland Drive in Flowood. Source: WLBTSurveillance cameras on a brand new gas station and convenience store capture a white compact sedan apparently speeding down Old Fannin Road towards Lakeland Drive in Flowood. Source: WLBT

    Surveillance cameras on a brand new gas station and convenience store capture a white compact sedan apparently speeding down Old Fannin Road towards Lakeland Drive in Flowood. 

    More >>

    Surveillance cameras on a brand new gas station and convenience store capture a white compact sedan apparently speeding down Old Fannin Road towards Lakeland Drive in Flowood. 

    More >>
  • Lower costs, fewer benefits in new health insurance option

    Lower costs, fewer benefits in new health insurance option

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 12:10 AM EDT2018-06-19 04:10:52 GMT
    Friday, June 22 2018 10:02 AM EDT2018-06-22 14:02:59 GMT
    As originally proposed, the new "association health plans" would have to cover people with pre-existing health conditions. However, they could offer narrower benefits than required under the Obama-era health law. (Source: Raycom Media)As originally proposed, the new "association health plans" would have to cover people with pre-existing health conditions. However, they could offer narrower benefits than required under the Obama-era health law. (Source: Raycom Media)

    Trump administration prepares to announce a new insurance option for small firms and self-employed people.

    More >>

    Trump administration prepares to announce a new insurance option for small firms and self-employed people.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly