Fight to remove pastor from Lexington church enters court

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Members of one Lexington church will have to wait for a decision in their ongoing legal battle against their pastor.

A Tuesday morning district court hearing between Southern Acres Christian Church members and pastor Cameron McDonald ended in just a few minutes, as McDonald's attorney was granted a continuance until March.

The battle is over an eviction notice, and it is the third lawsuit involving McDonald and church members. The first one was dismissed when they decided to work out the issue internally. The second case is a lawsuit alleging that McDonald kept $100,000 that was supposed to go toward the church's mortgage.

The eviction notice requests several things including a jury trial and having the sheriff remove McDonald from the church. Board of Elders member Bill Powell filed the lawsuit.

McDonald's attorney argues the board, which formed Feb. 4, is not valid, and it does not have any authority in the church. He also argued that secular courts cannot rule on anything involving internal church governance.

The attorney's motion to dismiss the eviction was not granted.

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