Jesus take the wheel!
A popular Prince George’s County pastor lost his pulpit Wednesday and the entire ordeal was captured on video. The Jericho Baptist Church Ministries Inc. Board of Trustees announced the termination of Joel R. Peebles Sr., formerly senior pastor at Jericho City of Praise church in Landover, Md. He was met by a police escort at the church Wednesday. The church and ministry was brought to life by the parents of Pastor Peebles, who have since passed away.
“I’ve received a termination letter from the church that I was raised in, was born in, married in, went to college in, went to graduate school in,” Peebles told supporters outside the church Wednesday.
“While this decision was not made without prayerful consideration and patience, it became clear that this action was necessary to protect Jericho and move forward, while remaining in compliance with the requirements of the Internal Revenue Service for a 501(c)(3) religious organization,” read a statement from the board.
Peebles planned to hold a 7 p.m. Bible study at the church as scheduled, News4 reported.