Just over a year after her husband died of an unspecified cancer, April Washington, widow of R.J. Washington Sr. who founded the Titus Harvest Dome Spectrum Church in Jacksonville, Florida, is suing officials at the church after she was ousted from the organization.
“This is what we did and we did it together,” the widow told First Coast News of the approximately $35 million Christian empire she built with her late husband that includes a church-owned hotel called Marble Waters.
She is now fighting to regain her status in that empire after the church’s board of directors allegedly changed the Articles of Corporation for the organization where she was once vice president and her husband was president. She contends that the board illegally added members to oust her from the soul-winning business.
“This is wrong,” Washington’s lawyer, Marwan Porter of the Cochran Firm, said. “What they’ve done, we believe is wrong.”
Months after her husband died last May, Washington says she was removed from church leadership while locks were changed and her children were fired from Marble Waters.
“This is a story of an opportunist who took advantage of a grieving widow so they could seize and pillage the assets of a church,” attorney Bacardi Jackson of the Tucker Law Group told First Coast News.
Despite the church’s $35 million in assets, Washington said her fight is more about soul winning and protecting her husband’s legacy.
“It is not about dollars it is about regaining and rebuilding a church, bringing it back together,” said Jackson, who filed her lawsuit against the church in November 2017.
She says the church is now hemorrhaging members but she plans to fight the church’s current administration for as long as it takes.
“It is very hard to sit back and look at this knowing this is definitely not something my husband would want to see,” she said.
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Source: Christian Post