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Church Members Denied Entry

It's been a common sight for quite some time now:  church members banned from their own place of worship, trying to get inside.

"I've been a member for 50 years, and I'm not going to let a man who's been here for 4 1/2 years come in and put me out," yelled a church member outside Montgomery's Old Elam Missionary Baptist Church Sunday morning.

For nearly 2 1/2 years, parishioners say they've been put on probation, even asked to leave the property.

They say the actions are due to specific questions they've been asking.

"I feel that the pastor has denied us the right to get inside because we asked them to open the books to see what the financial report was," explained churchgoer Gary Hendricks.

They're still waiting.  The Alabama Supreme Court ruled in favor of the members, but the case is on appeal.

With police and security guard on the grounds, the church family is still very much broken.

"I was met at the door and told that I was no longer welcome here, said former deacon Thomas Simon.

"It's really bad to me, because it's a family church and family should be in the church," said church member Brandon Hendricks.

Sunday morning, members planned to finally to enter the building.

It was a feat that proved very challenging.

With no more than a cold shoulder from the church, parishioners say they simply want answers.

"He has never come face to face and addressed these problems one on one," Simon said.

Members say they'll continue to show up every Sunday for protest.

WSFA 12 News tried contacting the pastor of Old Elam Baptist Church for an interview but was told he would not comment on the matter.


Reporter:  Cody Holyoke

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