Danny Hollins was ousted as pastor of Greater Fairview Missionary Baptist Church in March of this year, amid allegations he had sexual contact with a teenage girl at a local hotel.
That case is expected to go before a grand jury soon, but Pastor Hollins was in court Wednesday for another reason: he wants his job back.
Pastor Hollins and his attorney say there's a protocol for Baptist churches to follow if they want to remove the pastor, and he says his former church did not do it correctly.
We were the only station in the courtroom for his testimony on the stand.
During cross-examination, the attorney asked Hollins: "It's true that you had a teenage girl in a hotel somewhere?"
"It was true that she was there, yes," Hollins responded.
"And it's true that no other people were present when you were in that hotel room, isn't it?" asked the attorney.
"That's not true exactly," said Hollins.
Despite objections from his attorney, Precious Martin, his client had to answer questions about that night in the hotel room.
Attorney-- "Who else was there?"
Hollins-- "Well, the hotel personnel were there."
Attorney-- "In the hotel room?"
Hollins-- "Well, well that is not actually how it happened. In the hotel room? No, you're exactly right. There was no one there but the girl and myself."
Attorney-- "But the teenage girl and you, is that correct?"
Hollins-- "Yes. Yes."
But those questions and answers weren't the reason for Wednesday's hearing.
"Baptist churches, you have to follow Baptist Polity, and that's a particular set of rules and regulations that Baptist churches have to follow in order to be able to release a pastor," says Hollins' attorney, Precious Martin. "And those rules and regulations were not followed in this case."
Church deacons disagree and say they followed proper protocol.
Attorney-- "What was the outcome, what were the results of that voting?"
Deacon Richardson-- "Rev. Hollins didn't get the 50%. He couldn't even get 50%."
Attorney-- "Didn't get 50%, and that meant that he was voted out as pastor?"
Deacon Richardson-- "Correct."
The judge will decide whether or not the church voted correctly. Meanwhile, we're still waiting on a grand jury to decide if Pastor Hollins will go to trial on the allegations made by that teenage girl. We'll keep you updated with the latest information on both cases.
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