JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – An eviction notice filed by Celebration Church against its founding pastors, Stovall and Kerri Weems, was delivered Tuesday morning to the home where the couple has been living on the Nassau River.
Court records show Stovall Weems was served the notice at 10:56 a.m. Tuesday at the Shellcracker Road home and also accepted the notice against Kerri Weems at the same time.
The church owns the Shellcracker Road property in the Black Hammock Island area of Duval County and said the Weemses do not have any authority to live there anymore since Stovall Weems resigned his positions with the church on April 15 amid a legal battle that includes allegations of financial misconduct, spiritual abuse and defamation.
Court documents show the Weems’ have five business days to respond to the eviction notice.
Celebration Church said it issued eviction notices to the Weemses on three occasions to vacate the property by May 31, 2022. The church said the Weemses “refuse to vacate” the property and refuse to pay any rent.
In an eviction notice dated April 26, an attorney for Celebration Church also said the Weemses have been storing taxidermy and other personal items at the church’s Regency location and those items needed to be removed by the end of May.
An attorney for Celebration Church said the Weemses’ attorney sent him a letter on May 13 that stated the Weemses were allowed to live in the Shellcracker home until their deaths. The church’s attorney said that’s incorrect and the Weemses “have no right, title or interest in or to the Shellcracker property.”
Celebration Church is seeking damages up to $30,000. It said it’s entitled to rent for the period of April 15, when Weems resigned from the church, until the day the Shellcracker property is vacated.
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