MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – A judge has temporarily banned from the pulpit a pastor who confessed having sex with church members and neglecting to tell them he had AIDS.
Montgomery County Circuit Judge Charles Price ruled Thursday afternoon on a preliminary injunction sought by deacons and trustees of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church.
Price says the Rev. Juan McFarland must turn in his church keys and his church Mercedes vehicle by 5 p.m. Thursday.
The plaintiffs in the lawsuit say that the congregation voted to fire McFarland after his confessions but that he refused to leave and changed the church’s locks and control of church bank accounts.
McFarland said nothing inside or outside the courtroom Thursday morning during a hearing.
The 47-year-old McFarland has been pastor of the church for 24 years.