Jericho City of Plaintiffs – updated*

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  1. Facts:
    Jericho is a nonprofit. Betty Peebles did not own it. Her will mentions nothing about the church. Only her personal assets. This case has always been about the long standing true board of trustees of which Joel Peebles is a part of vs six employees who claim they were put in place by Apostle Betty before she died. Their lawyer and public relations person are trying to muddy the waters. They have spoken to the press and have put their spin on things. Pastor Joel has not spoken to the press.

    Their initial argument was that Apostle only wanted her son to preach and lead the congregation spiritually not handle the business aspects. After the ruling they changed the locks with police present and did not give him a key

    This board consists of 6 employees
    – The church secretary (co-chief operating officer- no degree)
    -The grounds/facilities manager (co-chief operating officer -no degree)
    -The bookkeeper-Chief financial officer (obtained her GED at 35 years old. and testified under oath that she didn’t know how much money is in the bank and she doesn’t file reports. She only “count the money.”)
    -They collect the money, count the money, and write Checks on the account. As the Board of Trustees that oversee themselves as employees. They gave themselves $20,000 raises shortly after Apostle died.

    Apostle Betty told the congregation that she had prepared Pastor Joel to take over the ministry. She frequently said that success without a successor is failure. Pastor Joel has preached to thousands every Sunday for the past 20 years. Although he was Assistant Pastor his 8am service was larger than Apostle’s 11am service. Pastor Joel is a humble man. He is well educated with a B.A. in editorial journalism, a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and a Master’s in Divinity. Apostle had confidence in his ability to manage business in that she nominated him to be head of the Jericho Residences Board of Directors. This board has authority over assets in excess of $50 million which exceed the budget of all other Jericho properties. This confirms that Apostle had no issues with Pastor Joel’s business ability.

    Apostle Betty had cancer that had spread all over her body. She had a stroke and other medical problems. She had a tracheotomy, and was both physically and mentally incapacitated. She suffered during her final days. These people say that they were put in place during the last months of Apostles life. NONE OF HER FAMILY OR RELATIVES WAS PRESENT WHEN THESE CHANGES TOOK PLACE. Apostle was outspoken. In the past every business decision was communicated to the congregation. Nothing was said to anybody. They lay in wait and surfaced after she died.

    THIS IS A CHURCH MATTER. IT NEVER SHOULD HAVE BEEN IN COURT. The members have spoken WE VOTED THEM OUT ON SUNDAY. If they do not release control of the churches assets we will file a MEMBER’S ACTION SUIT AGAINST EACH OF THEM INDIVIDUALLY for breach of their fiduciary duty to the members of this non-profit and request that the court immediately remove them. Pray for the Jericho family as we are fighting spiritual wickedness in high places.

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