Pastor Joel Peebles Speaks Out About How Church Ministry is a ‘Hostile Takeover’ [VIDEO]
Here’s the interview transcript of Pastor Joel Peebles and wife speaking on how the church board at Jericho City of Praise did a hostile takeover of the church and its ministry. Read below and see video of interview.
“It’s a hostile takeover of a church ministry.”
With his wife by his side, Pastor Joel Peebles talked for the first time about how a small group of employees took control of his mother’s church, Jericho City of Praise, after she died of colon cancer in 2010.
Tisha Thompson: “Did your mother ever say to you, ‘Joel I want you to take my place? Joel, I want you to be in charge?’”
Joel Peebles: “About a thousand times. She believed in passing the mantle. Not that church is a birthright. Ministry is a calling.”
Tisha Thompson: “Did your mother ever say to you, ‘I’m changing the plan?’”
Joel Peebles: “Absolutely not.”
Peebles took the Board of Trustees to court, where a judge ruled “Peebles is not on the Board” and the employees appointed by his mother are “the lawful Board of Trustees governing Jericho.”
Tisha Thompson: “I’ve had folks say to me that the janitor is now in charge of the church. Is the janitor in charge of the church?”
Joel Peebles: “The chief operating officer is the janitor. The janitor receives money and her car. One of the other persons on this board receives a fur coat, Rolex watches. Most of them receive money.” Read full interview here.
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