January 11, 2016 |
Members of Zion Baptist Church voted overwhelmingly Saturday against reinstating the Rev. A. Carl Prince as pastor of the historic North Philadelphia church. The vote was 298-54, with three ballots declared invalid. Church members had complained that soon after Prince arrived at Zion, he began behaving as a "dictator" and was often rude and arrogant in speaking to members. A four-page "Letter to the Joint Board," presented by deacons to a board of officers, outlined dozens of complaints from members who said that Prince "closed off three rooms" in the church for his exclusive use, that he spent large sums renovating his office, and that he began charging $300 in cash for funerals on top of the normal fee. Ballots were cast between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday according to a detailed procedure worked out in a court-approved settlement in September between several Zion members who had sued to challenge the July 2014 vote that ousted Prince and church officials.
January 11, 2016 |
ACOMMON PLEAS judge has ruled that a second vote on whether the Rev. Adolphus C. Prince, also known as A. Carl Prince, should keep his job as pastor of Zion Baptist Church can go on as scheduled today. The vote is set for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church, Broad and Venango streets. After a 2 1/2-hour hearing yesterday, Common Pleas Judge Nina Wright Padilla denied Prince's motion for a temporary restraining order and injunction to block the vote and reinstate him as pastor. "No matter what I do, a large group of people are not going to be happy," Padilla said before ruling.
January 8, 2016 |
A COMMON PLEAS judge is expected tomorrow to hear a request by the Rev. Adolphus C. Prince for an injunction to block a second vote on his employment at Zion Baptist Church. The hearing comes one day before Saturday's scheduled revote. In a filing to stop the vote and be reinstated, Prince, also known as A. Carl Prince, alleged that the July 12, 2014, vote that dismissed him was illegal because members were not given three months' notice as called for by the church's bylaws. The complaint said Prince signed a contract or "covenant" when he was hired in January 2012 requiring that prior to a vote, "there must be full disclosure to the church of the facts on which the termination is based.
January 5, 2016 |
THREE DAYS BEFORE Christmas, the Rev. Adolphus C. Prince, the ousted pastor of Zion Baptist Church, filed a lawsuit against the historic church of the late Rev. Leon H. Sullivan, seeking $50,000 and reinstatement as pastor. The suit seeks temporary and permanent injunctions to stop the congregation from having a second vote, scheduled for Jan. 9, on whether Prince should return. In the Dec. 22 filing, Prince asks Common Pleas Court to overturn the July 2014 vote, saying that he "was pastor of Zion Baptist Church from January 2012 until he was illegally removed on July 12, 2014.
November 17, 2015 |
After Sunday service at Zion Baptist Church in Ardmore, the Triple Nickle Association invited those assembled downstairs to honor a special corps of men who served their country long ago. The all-black paratroopers unit was created by order of President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1943. The men became known as the 555th Infantry, or the "Triple Nickles. " While not one of the originals, Pfc. Malvin Brown was among this band of paratrooper enlistees, serving during World War II. The 24-year-old Lower Merion native was one of 300 black paratroopers deployed in 1945 on a secret mission dubbed "Operation Firefly," their first assignment.
February 7, 2015 |
Members of Zion Baptist Church filed suit Thursday against the church officers in the latest salvo of a long battle that has pitted member against member in the North Philadelphia church best known for the legacy of a former pastor, the Rev. Leon Sullivan. The 51-page lawsuit, filed in Common Pleas Court, alleges that the church treasurer, the clerk, and the chairmen of the trustee and deacons boards, along with other board members, have not been good stewards of the church's assets.
February 6, 2015 |
SEVEN MONTHS after congregants of Zion Baptist Church voted to fire the Rev. Carl A. Prince, a faction that had supported him filed a lawsuit yesterday against the church's board of trustees, its chairman and its deacon board. The lawsuit demands that an $18 million bond deal to renovate Zion Gardens apartments be stopped and that a forensic audit be completed of all finances of the North Philadelphia church. The suit also asks that Prince be reinstated and that Zion trustee chairman Ronald Harper be prevented from handling or disposing of any church assets or books.
January 17, 2015 |
More than 50 years ago, Zion Baptist Church's pastor, the Rev. Leon Sullivan, the "Lion of Zion," created a roaring economic engine designed to empower African Americans through self-help, job training, and community investment. These days, no one would describe one of the pillars of Sullivan's vision, the Philadelphia Opportunities Industrialization Center, as roaring. Floors in OIC's five-story building on North Broad Street, which once housed OIC programs, are leased to tenants, including two charter schools, and there's plenty of space on the main floor OIC occupies.
November 29, 2014 |
As a child, Sara Clarice Mosley Pettiford cultivated a passion for teaching by playing school with her dolls as pupils. A lifelong educator, world traveler, and faithful church member, Mrs. Pettiford, 80, died Sunday, Nov. 23, of complications from Alzheimer's at Arbor Terrace at Chestnut Hill. She was born in Bellefonte, in central Pennsylvania, and attended public schools; she was the only black student in her senior class. Her school counselor did not encourage her to continue her education, but Mrs. Pettiford knew that she was expected to follow in the footsteps of her parents, both of whom attended college - not common for blacks in the early 1900s.