Injunction to be filed to stop Hattiesburg pastor from preaching

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HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A vote by some Hattiesburg church members to oust their current pastor is now set to become a battle for the legal system.

Attorney Charles Lawrence says an injunction will be filed in Chancery Court to stop Reverend Gerry James from preaching at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church.

During a church meeting Saturday, Rev. James was voted out as pastor by 42 members of the congregation, but Sunday, Rev. James was still preaching. James said the members trying to vote him out had no authority to call a meeting.

James was voted out because many members of the congregation were dissatisfied with his personal conduct, including recent arrests for DUI, marijuana possession and threatening a police officer.

He was also accused of mismanaging church finances in the wake of the fire that destroyed the church.

Lawrence, who represents those wanting the pastor out, says he received the voting results Monday and the injunction will be filed in the next couple of days.

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