Pastor Suspects Racial Motivations Behind Termination

"There was pushback about where the types of children we were bringing in, and I was asked to not invite black children to VBS"

Moore says anyone, regardless of race, is welcome to the church at any time. Pastor Greer says that is what he was led to believe when he first joined the church, but Greer says he was told multiple times during the course of this situation that black people were not allowed. “What they really mean is that someone can wander in off the street and they won’t stop them, but they specifically asked me, explicitly, not to invite black people. I tried to communicate with them that that’s not consistent with Christianity,” Greer says.

 

Mt. Sterling Baptist Church is without pastor as of Sunday evening. Pastor Jonathan Greer’s termination was put to a vote.

Thirty-one people unanimously voted him out of the church. This comes after he says a deacon told him that he could not invite black people to their Vacation Bible School.

“There was pushback about where the types of children we were bringing in, and I was asked to not invite black children to VBS,”

Freddie Moore, who is a deacon at Mt. Sterling Baptist Church, did not want to do an on-camera interview. He says it’s not a race issue whatsoever. Moore says Greer wouldn’t work with the deacons. He claims the termination was because Greer would not visit members of the congregation; Moore says Greer only visited a few.

“This was a particular deacon that asked me, and ultimately, two deacons that had asked me not to invite black people,” Greer says.

Moore says anyone, regardless of race, is welcome to the church at any time. Pastor Greer says that is what he was led to believe when he first joined the church, but Greer says he was told multiple times during the course of this situation that black people were not allowed.

“What they really mean is that someone can wander in off the street and they won’t stop them, but they specifically asked me, explicitly, not to invite black people. I tried to communicate with them that that’s not consistent with Christianity,” Greer says.

Greer says the deacons wanted him to resign from the church quietly. Due to the church bylaws, Greer chose not to. He says his sermon on Sunday was on racism.

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