LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The doors at Southern Acres Christian Church will remain closed for an indefinite amount of time as members say they have taken legal possession of the church from its pastor.
This comes after an ongoing legal battle between members of the church and their pastor, Cameron McDonald. There have been three lawsuits filed throughout the dispute.
The first lawsuit was dismissed as they tried to work out issues internally.
The second lawsuit accuses McDonald of pocketing $100,000 that was supposed to go toward the church's mortgage.
Church elder Bill Powell filed the most recent lawsuit wanting to remove McDonald from the church.
The hearing on the third lawsuit was delayed until Mar. 13 as McDonald's attorney argued the new board of elders was not valid and did not have authority, and secular courts couldn't rule on the matter.
Southern Acres announced Tuesday that the members voted unanimously to remove McDonald, and he refused to turn over keys. They are now taking steps to find new leadership.
"We thank Mr. McDonald for his past service and wish him well in his future endeavors," the church said, "We will have no further comment at this time and look forward to reopening the building in the near future. We look forward to worshipping Jesus and praying together soon."
WKYT has reached out to some church members in an attempt for comment, but our requests have yet to be returned.
The Kentucky Secretary of State's website shows that the church is no longer registered with Cameron McDonald as of Mar. 5. It is now registered under Powell, who filed one of the suits.