Appeals Court Dismisses Lawsuit By Church Congregation To Fire Pastor

L.P. Phillips
April 02, 2018 - 6:09 am
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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - An appeals court has dismissed a lawsuit brought against the pastor of an Oak Cliff church.

The fight over who runs the St. John's Missionary Baptist Church in Oak Cliff dates back to 2014.

It started when a majority at a church conference voted to fire pastor Bertrain Bailey. He and the chairman of the St. John's trustee board refused to recognize the vote, and Bailey refused to vacate his position.

Reports show Bailey kept drawing a check, and he and the chairman continued to run church business selling property, even getting a loan for nearly a million dollars.

When members of the congregation filed suit, the judge dismissed he complaint on two grounds.

But in their appeal, the church congregation slipped up. They only appealed one of the two grounds.

The entire Dallas 5th Circuit Court of Appeals heard the case, recognized the mistake, and said their hands were tied.

Because the congregation didn't appeal both grounds, it loses.

Bailey can remain the pastor.