Birmingham Pastor Locks Congregation Out of Their Church After he Had Been Ordered to Vacate the Pulpit; Church Members Hold Services Outside

When WVTM 13 News arrived at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church on Warrior Road in Birmingham on Sunday morning, members were outside having church.
When WVTM 13 News arrived at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church on Warrior Road in Birmingham on Sunday morning, members were outside having church.

When WVTM 13 News arrived at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church on Warrior Road in Birmingham on Sunday morning, members were outside having church.

Churchgoers said their pastor, Dr. Willie Jackson, locked them out.

“We’re in the process of asking our pastor to vacate the pulpit, so I guess this is the way of showing us that we can’t come here and worship,” former church trustee member Ann Zellander said.

Zellander said through legal advice, they gave Jackson a notice to resign Feb. 7 and that he had seven days to vacate his position.

“He told us he wasn’t going nowhere and ‘I would sue everyone of y’all.’ That’s what he told us sitting in that church,” member Mussierene Mitchell said.

The angry worshipers said there is no transparency among the pastor and congregation and they want him out.

“The church is regressing in the membership. We have no financial reports. The church has no voice, in other words. We’ve just lost everything. We feel like we’re in a dictatorship,” Zellander said.

WVTM 13 News went to Jackson’s house in Pinson to get his side of the story.

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SOURCE: WVTM13 – Fred Davenport