Friday, January 6, 2012

Former pastor claims reassignment was race-based

By Bob Allen
Wednesday, January 04, 2012

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (ABP) – A former staff member at Kentucky’s largest African-American congregation claims in a recently filed lawsuit that he was reassigned from a pastoral position because he is black.

Billy Hollins, a Southern Baptist North American Mission Board-appointed missionary who worked as a pastor in Kentucky and Illinois for more than 25 years, says St. Stephen Baptist Church hired him in August 2001 to serve as pastor of the church’s satellite campus in Jeffersonville, Ind. He claims the church’s senior pastor, Kevin Cosby, removed him and gave him a new job title in 2007 because he wanted the pastor of the Southern Indiana campus to appeal to white members.

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