July 8, 2015
DC Superior Court Judge Stewart Nash ruled in favor of Bishop Joel R. Peebles and the original Board Of Trustees. The decision by Judge Nash removes the six employee/church members from having any control over the church and no access to church funds. The judge found that this group of six people illegally seized control through a well devised hostile takeover, during the prolonged illness of the founder and Apostle Betty Peebles. The ruling showed that there was an abundance of evidence that supported Bishop Joel Peebles claim that he was a member of the Board of Trustees at the time when these six people secretly seized control . The trial uncovered evidence that showed that long time board members Chairman William Meadows and Anne Wesley were in fact tricked into signing documents that were later used to illegally remove them from the Board of Trustees. The ruling also acknowledges that Dorothy Williams (one of the six conspirators and a part of the original board) personally enriched herself and was found to not be credible. Judge Nash’s order reinstates the surviving members of the original Board of trustees which consist of Bishop Joel R. Peebles, Elder William Meadows and defendant Dorothy Williams.
Order Finding of Facts and Conclusion of Law entered on docket, signed by Judge Nash and e-filed, e-served on parties of record on 7/7/15
Judgment is GRANTED in favor of the plaintiffs, to wit: the Court hereby DECLARES that Resolution 1-09 of the Jericho DC Board of Trustees, which purported to change the membership of the Board of Trustees, is invalid; and DECLARES that the current Board of Trustees for Jericho DC shall consist of the surviving members of the Board of Trustees that existed prior to the invalidated Resolution 1-09, those members being: William A. Meadows; Dorothy L. Williams, and Joel R. Peebles and DECLARES that actions taken by defendants after March 15, 2009, acting as the purported Board of Trustees of Jericho DC, under the color of resolution 1-09, including the purported approval of the merger of Jericho DC into Jericho MD, are invalid; and the Court hereby ORDERS THAT DEFENDANTS REFRAIN FROM EXERCISING OWNERSHIP OR CONTROL OVER ANY CORPORATE ASSETS OF JERICHO MARYLAND FORMERLY BELONGING TO, OR DERIVED FROM, THE CORPORATED ASSETS OF JERICHO DC, and ORDERS that plaintiffs are reinstated as members of the church pending a review of their membership status by the validly-constituted Board of Trustees of Jericho DC. See press release from City of Praise FM
D.C. SUPERIOR COURT RULING REINSTATES THE ORIGINAL BOARD OF TRUSTEES TO JERICHO CITY OF PRAISE
July 7, 2015 – Washington D.C. – Bishop Joel Peebles, Sr. and Pastor Ylawnda Peebles are humbled and grateful by the recent ruling by the Superior Court of the District of Columbia which reinstates the original Board of Trustees, including Bishop Joel Peebles, Sr., to the Jericho City of Praise in Landover, Maryland. The ruling invalidates all actions of the improperly seated board.
We give thanks to God and move in His love, as we work through this transitional period. In preparation for the final steps of this process, we will carry out the mandate God has for our Ministry, by continuing to operate for the meantime within our current schedule of worship services. At the God ordained time, Bishop Joel Peebles will make the announcement of when and how we will move to the next phase of this restoration.
As it is written in Romans 8:28, “We know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.”
Attachment: DC CASE – FINDINGS AND CONCLUSION OF THE LAW
2013 CA 007115 ROBERT GEORGE, ET AL. V. CLARENCE JACKSON ET AL.
HEARD BEFORE THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA SUPERIOR COURT JUNE 8, 2015 – JUNE 10, 2015
About City Of Praise Family Ministries
The ministry was founded in 1964 under the guidance of the Reverend James R. Peebles, Sr. and Apostle Betty P. Peebles. Jericho City of Praise became one of the largest mega-churches in the nation with more than 15,000 members. Currently, we are a mobile church, operating two satellite locations at Forestville Military Academy in Forestville, MD and Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, MD. The City of Praise Family Ministries is led by the anointed leadership of Senior Pastor, Bishop Joel Peebles, Sr. and Pastor Ylawnda Peebles. Our vision is to Save Families, One Soul At A Time. For more information visit: www.CityOfPraiseChurch.com
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THANK YOU JESUS!!!!!!!!!
I really hate to see this type of situation to be handled in the court of law. Although Joel Peebles and family have been given full rein of the mega church, it would have been much better if a smooth transition could have taken place instead of through the judicial system. As Christians, we should not battle over what actually belongs to God.