Jericho City of Praise Pastor Appeals Court Decision Barring Him From Control

The assistant pastor of megachurch Jericho City of Praise in Landover has appealed a judge’s ruling barring him from participating … Continued

The assistant pastor of megachurch Jericho City of Praise in Landover has appealed a judge’s ruling barring him from participating in the administration and financial management of the church, his lawyer said Monday.

Joel R. Peebles, 41, asked Judge Dwight Jackson, who last month barred Peebles from all church management responsibilities, to rescind the order and allow him to take his place on the church’s board of trustees. Peebles had argued that he and two others had been wrongly removed from the board.

Jackson gave control of the church’s administration to six men and women who claim they had been named to a new governing board in 2009 by Peebles’ mother, Apostle Betty Peebles, who died in October 2010. The decision effectively removed leadership from the hands of a Peebles for the first time since the church was founded in 1964.

Meanwhile, members of the church who support Peebles on Monday held the last of seven symbolic protests against his ouster from power, marching around the giant blue-and-white church seven times, taking a cue from the Bible, when the biblical character Joshua led followers on a march around the city of Jericho. The members put out a call for participation days ahead of time, taking to Facebook and the telephone to rally Peebles supporters.

On Sunday, members of the church filled in paper ballots to cast their votes for an alternative board to administer the church. The vote was orchestrated by a legal ministry made up of lawyers who are church members, banding together to help Peebles untangle himself from the controversy that had rocked the church.

A source familiar with the vote said the lawyers decided to hold the election because of what they believe was a mistatement made in a document written by the board. The document, a Peebles supporter said, said that the board had been elected by the members of the church, when in reality it had not.

In depositions, several members of the board said they had been selected by Betty Peebles, not the church membership.

Some members also complained that they opposed Jackson’s ruling for ecclesiastical reasons, calling it a violation of the separation of church and state for a court to determine who administers the church.

A separate lawsuit Peebles filed seeking to overturn his mother’s will on the grounds that she was incompetent or not operating under her own control is likely to be heard in court next year, according to Peebles’ attorney, Timothy Maloney.

Peebles has repeatedly refused to be interviewed. A spokeswoman for him said he was not planning to be present at the march Monday night.

This report has been updated.

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  • zekewinston

    “A separate lawsuit Peebles filed seeking to overturn his mother’s will on the grounds that she was incompetent or not operating under her own control is likely to be heard in court next year, according to Peebles’ attorney, Timothy Maloney.”

    If anybody around the place is incompetent and not operating under control, it is more likely Joel Peebles than Betty Peebles.

  • wakethee777

    Quit feeding the liokes of Joey Peebles and force feed your own families,mortgages, fulfil thesexual needs of adults in your own home,purchase a new car for you or your direct family member and please save money in the bank for your immediate family first second and last. And watch the dead weight disappear from those over eaters at churches.

  • checkered1

    Too funny. Porky obviously wants to get his hands on all that money!

  • thundercat5691

    And the Joey Peebles’ quest for money and power continues. Very unfortunate that the misguided sheeple who support him can’t discern the integrity of the Biblical Joshua from a charlatan.

  • schnauzer21

    “Some members also complained that they opposed Jackson’s ruling for ecclesiastical reasons, calling it a violation of the separation of church and state for a court to determine who administers the church. ”

    The church is a legal business entity under the law. The will of Mrs Peebles was a legal document, dealt with business entities and as such was contested in court. The court did not say who would be the religious leader only the business leader.

  • ronjon629

    Did they walk around the building once every day before the seven time trek? And did they realize that after Joshua and them walked around the walls, they fell?

  • wisepat

    LOL!!! THey should have kept it in the house like Rahab!

  • localgoober

    Some members also complained that they opposed Jackson’s ruling for ecclesiastical reasons, calling it a violation of the separation of church and state for a court to determine who administers the church.

    But they sure like it when the state says they can own real estate property, like the Redskins parking lot which has no religious function, whatsoever, except to generate revenue (loot).

    And actually, it’s ‘separation of church FROM state.

  • localgoober

    Joshua must have crawled around those walls since archiological evidence shows that it took decades, not a few day, for those walls to fall, not including that some of the wall fell due to seismic activity over the ages.

    This is what happens when people try to interpret the bible without learning ancient history first. You never get a headache from fantasizing.

  • localgoober

    Judging from his morbid obesity, I’d say it is more of an endless quest for KFC and buttered lobster.

  • localgoober

    Praise The Loot

  • localgoober

    You know you have too much money when you can afford a gold-plated butt-wipe extender.

  • vscribe

    Your statement contradicts itself. If the church owns the property, how could it be the “Redskins” parking lot? Actually, the Redskins rent from the church…what’s wrong with that?

  • vscribe

    All of this intra-church fighting in the aftermath of Pastor Betty’s death is so disrespectful to her memory and what she built through sheer sharp business acumen, mixed with her love for God’s work. How very, very sad.

    What is it about her will that Joey does not like?

  • k1force

    this is a mess it hs money hurgey plus he is not that great of a pastor anyway so why don’t he just leave

  • matrix2

    FACTS:
    Jericho is a nonprofit. Betty Peebles did not own it. Her will mentions nothing about the church. Only her personal assets. This case has always been about the long standing true board of trustees of which Joel Peebles is a part of vs six employees who claim they were put in place by Apostle Betty before she died. Their lawyer and public relations person are trying to muddy the waters. They have spoken to the press and have put their spin on things. Pastor Joel has not spoken to the press. Their initial argument was that Apostle only wanted her son to preach and lead the congregation spiritually not handle the business aspects. After the ruling they changed the locks with a policeman stationed at the door and did not give the Pastor a key.
    This board consists of 6 employees
    - The church secretary (co-chief operating officer- no degree)
    -The grounds/facilities manager (co-chief operating officer -no degree)
    -The bookkeeper-Chief financial officer (obtained her GED at 35 years old. and testified under oath that she didn’t know how much money is in the bank and she doesn’t file reports. She only “count the money.”)
    -They collect the money, count the money, and write Checks on the account. As the Board of Trustees that oversee themselves as employees. They gave themselves $20,000 raises shortly after Apostle died.
    -Apostle Betty had cancer that had spread all over her body. She had a stroke and other medical problems. They say they were put in place during the last months of Apostles life. NONE OF HER FAMILY OR RELATIVES WERE PRESENT WHEN THESE CHANGES TOOK PLACE. Apostle was outspoken. Nothing was said to anybody. They lay in wait and surfaced after she died.
    -THIS IS A CHURCH MATTER. IT NEVER SHOULD HAVE BEEN IN COURT.
    The members have spoken WE VOTED THEM OUT ON SUNDAY. If they do not release control of the churches assets by close of business today, on Thursday we will file a MEMBER’S ACTION SUIT AGAINST EACH OF THEM INDIVIDUALLY for breach of

  • matrix2

    Pastor Joel has preached at Jericho for 20 years to thousands each Sunday. Although he was Assistant Pastor his service was larger than Apostle’s 11am service. He is well educated. He has a BA degree and a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and a Master’s degree in Divinity. Apostle always said that success without a successor is failure. She told the congregation that she had prepared Joel to take over the ministry. Apostle Betty was very sick.

  • matrix2

    Yes it is sad that these six people would start this fight by taking Pastor Joel to court four days after his mother died before he had a chance to bury her. Pastor Joel does not go by Joey. Only his mother called him that. This is disrespectful and another attempt to minimize him. Give honor to the man of God. His congregation does. Is it appropriate to call President Obama by his childhood nick name? Shame on you!

  • dagingerbreadgirl1

    yea because that has everything to do with his anointing localgoober. I know hating isn’t easy, but atleast try and be relevant to the conversation.

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