Seven Degrees from Normal

Two people, eighteen years of marriage, seven college degrees.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Uh-oh . . . Misty's angry

Pastor Accused of Running Out Dems Quits
By TIM WHITMIRE, Associated Press Writer
Wed May 11, 4:21 PM ET

Beyond politics, the dispute that engulfed East Waynesville Baptist Church in recent months would have sounded familiar to many an American congregation: An aging congregation brings in dynamic young preacher to turn things around. The new pastor attracts young members who push for change in traditional ways of doing things, leading to a battle.

As Chandler and his wife drove out of the church's parking lot followed by a police escort, about 40 of his supporters walked out as well, with many saying they were resigning their memberships.

"I'm not going to serve with the ungodly," an angry Misty Turner declared.

But Maxine Osborne, 70, and among those who stayed behind, had a different view of what had transpired.

"A lot of these young people had not been in the church more than a year," she said. The Chandlers "brought in a lot of young people, but they also brainwashed them."


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