Former L.A. FAME Pastor John J. Hunter Rejected at New Church

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RevJohn J. Hunter’s reputation is following him for the worse. He was recently transferred from First AME in L.A. to Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in San Francisco after his eight-year tenure was terminated by a sexual harassment lawsuit, a federal tax investigation and the questionable use of church credit cards.

In stead of giving him a warm welcome, members of the new church rejected the reverend. The congregation’s current leaders went as far as generating a resolution to ban him from leading.

They said the assignment could “impair the legacy, reputation, relationships and goodwill” of the church in the community.

LA Times reports:

When Hunter, cloaked in his white pastor robe and carrying his Bible, showed up at the church Nov. 4 ready to preach, church officials said, they confronted him in the foyer and demanded that he produce the signed declaration from Bishop T. Larry Kirkland stating his new assignment.

Hunter did not have a copy of the declaration and church officials blocked him from taking the pulpit.

The rejection — unheard of in the AME denomination — pits the small, 650-member congregation against the executive orders of Kirkland and has many churchgoers questioning the ramifications of their protest.

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