Joel Peebles, Megachurch Pastor, Is Fired From Church His Parents Founded

Source: Avis Thomas-Lester / The Washington Post

A board of trustees selected by the late Apostle Betty R. Peebles, co-founder of Jericho City of Praise in Landover, on Wednesday fired her only surviving child, the Rev. Joel R. Peebles, as acting pastor and stripped him of membership in the church his parents created more than 40 years ago.

Peebles, 42, the sole survivor of the Peebles family, said he was notified in writing of his dismissal just after 1 p.m. Wednesday, when he arrived at the church to begin preparing for an evening Bible study session.

“I came here to go to church, and I got terminated,” the Mitchellville resident said Wednesday as he stood under the awning between the church’s two-story administration building, where his mother presided over church operations, and the sprawling sanctuary. “I was told to leave, and the police escorted me out. They told me I was not pastor here nor a member of the church. . . . The officer told me I was trespassing.”

The board said in a statement that Peebles’s dismissal signaled “a new day for Jericho.”

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  • Why is it that I start a church and someone wants to come along and steal the land and the mission given by the Authority of God, not just Jericho but I am talking about Red Hill’s Church of Christ, in the Southern Conference.

    However, once the founder is dead so is the organization, so that means that Jericho and Red Hill Church of Christ have a new role and identity because the founder is dead.It’s sad because my ancestors founded their church before the end of Slavery and now it has totally changed.

  • sriddick

    This just sounds awful in so many ways and on so many levels.

  • Rob