A assembly among members of Greater Bellevue Baptist Church incited aroused as discussions on banishment Pastor David F. Stephens, Sr. continued. Allegedly, he and his wife, LaShanna, live together, though are “not together.” The priest is indicted of marital infidelity, though reportedly has confessed and asked redemption from his mother and church. As a review intensified, a aroused quarrel erupted among congregants seeking to mislay a priest and those wanting him to remain.
The purpose of a assembly on Monday, May 1, 2017, was for a members of a assemblage and deacons to opinion and possibly void a minister’s agreement or concede him to sojourn as Pastor. Church curators requested deputies attend a assembly since of a tragedy that surrounded this ongoing conversation. However, disharmony arose notwithstanding a participation of law enforcement. Officers dangling a voting routine after hostile sides became raging and a aroused quarrel erupted.
It was not prolonged into a assembly routine before things took a spin for a worse and culture decayed. With 150 members in attendance, chairs toppled, people shoved and punches flew as a deputies radioed for backup. The quarrel dissolute and a church emptied out around 8:40 p.m. after additional law coercion answered a call.
On Friday, May 5, Bibb County Sheriff’s Department strictly charged Julian DeWayne Coker with inciting a riot. Tensions were using high before to a meeting, as a destiny of Rev. Stephens remained uncertain. Coker incited himself in on Friday afternoon was requisitioned into jail that evening. The quarrel during a Mumford Road church became inhabitant news after someone posted a 35-minute-long video that fast went viral.
Although Coker binds censure for inciting a riot, some members say a sex liaison led to fighting due to a pastor’s infidelity. Once unnamed source said:
The quarrel pennyless out final night since somebody called a priest out about sleeping around on his mother and a priest came and pounded him … a priest and a initial lady are vital together though not together and a priest is saying someone else.
Both sides of a silver spoke out during a assembly airing grievances and allegiances. People began cheering out right before disharmony erupted. When vocalization about a events surrounding a aroused brawl, another source, who pronounced a church has a story of voting out pastors, alleged:
The priest slept with another woman. But, he confessed and ask redemption from his mother and church. They have been bustling perplexing to get absolved of him by spiritless him on amicable media. More than half assemblage forgave, though others haven’t, so they establish to get him out.
Greater Bellevue Baptist Church was determined in 1895 and is located during 4041 Mumford Road, right in a heart of a Bellevue Community of Macon, GA. According to Facebook, a church binds ceremony services each Sunday during 8 a.m. and 10:45 a.m., with one exception. On a fifth Sunday, it usually has one use hold during 10:45 a.m. Additionally, Greater Bellevue has weekly Sunday School classes during 9:30 a.m., Bible Study meetings on Wednesdays during 7 p.m. and on Wednesday mornings during 7 o’clock, as good as a weekly Prayer Conference Call.
The pastor, who loved as a Catholic for 23 years, pronounced he enjoyed a transition into a Baptist denomination. In 1997, Stephens rigourously of Mississippi, perceived his permit to evangelise was consecrated in Nov of 1998 as a Baptist minister. In 2007, Stephens preached a annual Watch Night use during Greater Bellevue and on a initial Sunday in Jan 2008, his central summary as Pastor of a congregation.
Due to a aroused brawl, a assembly finished abruptly and a voting routine close down until a after date. Stephens is still priest and his predestine is nonetheless undetermined. In a interim, some members are indignant over a function of a pastor, while others are fearful of losing their “gifted, talented, and anointed” leader.
By Cherese Jackson (Virginia)
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