Toledo, OH, pastor Anthony G. Morris has been sentenced in a legal dispute that resulted from his affair with a Sunday School teacher.
Morris, the former pastor of St. Paul’s AME Zion Church, was sentenced along with his wife Zelda and daughter Kamali. Morris received one year of probation for assault and was ordered to have no contact with the victim. His wife and 19-year-old daughter were ordered to participate in six-week alternative programs.
The legal dispute is the result of the pastors affair which conflated in a violent incident, as recounted by the Toledo Blade.
Zelda, after receiving taunting text messages about her husband’s affair, confronted her husband’s mistress in the church basement. The mistress allegedly became violent and a fight ensued between her and Mrs. Morris. The daughter, Kamali, allegedly stepped in to protect her mother.
With the fight in full swing, other congregation members rushed to the basement to break it up. Pastor Morris arrived shortly thereafter.
When the situation had calmed down, Morris, his wife, and his daughter attempted to leave. However, the mistress rushed toward the wife with a metal utensil from the church’s kitchen.
Pastor Morris, a concealed carry permit holder, pulled his gun on his mistress, causing her to back down. The gun was not loaded at the time, and the pastor did not attempt to fire it.
The elders of St. Paul’s say they will allow the former pastor to seek other employment.