ANDERSON — The internal turmoil within Zion Baptist Church over the naming of a new pastor has taken a new twist.
The church, through legal counsel Robert Cheeseborough, has filed a motion requesting that Madison Circuit Court Division 5 Judge Thomas Clem reconsider a permanent injunction preventing Doyle Moore to be named pastor.
The initial lawsuit was filed by Fred Reese Jr. alleging a search committee failed to make a recommendation on the naming of a new pastor and that only one of five finalists was presented to the membership.
The bylaws require a vote of two-thirds of the members to select a pastor.
The lawsuit also maintained that Moore is not an ordained or licensed minister with the Baptist Church and has stated he is nondenominational.
The latest court document states the church’s bylaws do not disqualify Moore from becoming the pastor and he has agreed to be ordained by the Baptist Church.
The document states that 77% of the church membership voted to name Moore as the new pastor.
On May 21, the board of directors of the church terminated Reese, Jeff Turner, Evans Warrior and William Bannister as deacons of Zion Baptist and they are prevented from holding an executive position for three years.
“Ultimately the church made the selection and the Plaintiff (Reese) was unsatisfied with the result,” the court filing states. “The Board of Directors for the Church reviewed the election activity and concluded that Rev. Doyle Moore acquired the requisite 2/3 vote under the Bylaws.”
The church is asking Clem for a clarification of the permanent injunction issued on May 3.
“In light of the deceptions placed before the court by the deacons who conspired to take over the church,” the motion reads, “specifically the Church has installed its Pastor.”
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