The Church Lady Exclusive: Did. Dr. Michael Freeman Orchestrate the Ousting of Pastor Joel Peebles from Jericho City of Praise?

"Dr. Micheal Freeman Spirit of Faith Christian Center"

There is much church chat going around this evening that Dr. Micheal Freeman, Founder, and Pastor of Spirit of Faith Christian Center was allegedly the mastermind behind the Board of the mega church, Jericho City of Praise, firing Pastor Joel Peebles.

A few months ago I posted an article where it was alledged by the Board that Apostle Betty Peebles wanted her son to sit under the leadership of Dr. Michael Freeman before taking leadership over Jericho City of Praise.

In a video posted earlier where police were escorting Pastor Joel Peebles from the church you will hear the name Dr. Micheal Freeman come up again in the conversation with Pastor Joel noting that Dr. Freeman wanted the church all along.

If this is true, we will know in a matter of days, and it will be another sad day in the African American church community.  As it will be another reminder of how Pastors for self-gratification take over vulnerable congregations and will remind us once again of the New Destiny Christian Center travesty with Pastor Paula White.

I pray that this is NOT the case, but I am sure my members at Jericho will give me the REAL deal in the days ahead,  Stay Tuned CLB family.

UPDATE 4/21/2012! 

Please read the comment left on thechurchladyblogs.com regarding this post:

From Elaine:  I have several comments: 

[quote]First, if you read the court documents you will see that none of the accusations are true. Pastor Joel never lost a house; he did not mismanage money, and these rumors were put out by these employees and their lawyer to try and discredit him.

Michael and Dee Dee Freeman spent time with Apostle, showered  her with expensive gifts and became the power attorney for Apostle and the personal representative for her will and trust.

Michael Freeman introduced her to the lawyers who prepared her will, and Isaac Marks the one who prepared numerous documents, shut down the school and is representing the unelected board against the congregation, and against Pastor Joel and Chairman Meadows, and is representing Freeman in the will that Pastor Joel has contested.

Pastor Joel had always had her power of attorney and was her personal representative and was not aware that it had been changed.  This new complex will was written in Nov. 09 the same month that she went into the hospital and stayed for 3 months then was placed in a nursing home for 6 weeks.

If Apostle was in her full mind and signing documents why did Michael Freeman exercise a medical directive and direct her care.  A medical directive allows someone to make decisions for you when you are unable to make decisions for yourself.  Someone is not telling the truth.

If she was competent then they should not have exercised the medical directive. If she was not competent then the board should not have had her signing documents.

The church is in the Washington metro area.  He put her in a community hospital in Baltimore under his wife’s maiden name Wooton.

His niece is a doctor on staff at the hospital (Denise Killen’s deposition).  He later moved her to a nursing home also in Baltimore under this alias.

He never told Pastor Joel that his mother was hospitalized, had several major surgeries and was in the ICU for 5 weeks.Stu Killen the husband of a rogue board member (church secretary) told several members that his wife and the board had meetings with Michael Freeman to sell the church to him because ” they are a dynamic couple and need a larger church.”

Michael Freeman told his church during a television message that after Apostle died he got a call telling him that he had been named as a trustee over jericho in PG county. Just last week on his televised message he said that the Lord had given them the largest “ministry, church, santuary on the east coast.”  Jericho is a non profit Apostle did not own it.

She did not mention the church in her will.  The only way for Mike freeman to get the church is for the trustees to sell/give it to him.  They hold the deed to the church. They are listed in the will that Freeman oversees.

Mike Freeman came out of the court house on Monday after the court case that Pastor Joel won against the board.  The police officers said that they were directed by Mike Freeman not to let Pastor Joel take anything out of his office.  Pastor Joel made a offer to buy his mother’s house at market value and Michael Freeman the executor of the estate would not sell his mother’s house to him.”[/quote]

After reading this comment and reviewing Apostle Betty Peeples Trust, All I can say is WOW!  No matter how bad you want this  not to be true, as  one would never want to believe  that a Man of the Cloth would stoop to these levesls, it is hard to believe with the facts that are being presented by Jericho City of Priase Church Members that it is not true. (read all past articles I wrote  on this subject matter.)

Now about the  alleged  TV message  where he announced that  he was given the largest church on the East Coast,  Chile Pleeze, somebody send me that video clip so that I can include it on  a My Take, which is coming soon.

Update 4/23/2012

Pastor Joel Peeples told the members the day he was terminated that the Church is NOT the building and that he planed on having Church on Sunday and that he did.  On April 22, 2012 Pastor Joel preached to a full house at Metro Point in New Carrollton, MD with more than 1,500 in attendance, while Jericho City of Praise was noticeably empty. 

Update: 7/20/2012

A member of  Jericho City of  Praise gives us an update that the once mega church is now empty and Dr. Mike Freeman has placed his mentee Bishop Rodney S. Walker as the unofficial lead pastor of the almost defunct congregation.  Click here to read full report.

Thank you Jericho Family for trusting that the Church Lady will get the word out and know that this matter will continue to be on the front page of The Church Lady Blogs until it is resolved.

Bless you all!

Updte: 11/7/2014

Mike Freeman SICK?

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  • Child of God

    This is truly so sad 🙁 Leave it up to us Christians (Christlike) to
    chew each other up over idolatry. God said : “Love God with all your
    mind, heart, soul and strength” (Completely, in Totality,
    Wholeheartedly,) then love each other (His temple, our bodies not a
    building) as yourself. In all these conversation first and foremost God
    is not being love man is (idolatry) attacking His temple (each other,
    those that are really IN CHRIST and not man) because the eyes are being
    focused on man (idolatry) and we are suppose to be His people.
    Backbiting, insulting, degrading, gossiping, tearing each other down
    like always in the name of Mike & Joel!!! Please If one of them is
    truly anointed do you BELIEVE or not God is not capable of bringing
    justice to the persecuted …. What is new!…. Do any of you think God
    is Not Capable? or do you believe that man will have his way? God is not
    a man to lie or the son of man to change His mind. God is not a fool
    who’s ever heart is full of greed, lies and deceit that will be his
    reward. Does anyone fear God and His wrath to those that dress
    themselves in sheep’s skin but the blood in and out of their mouth will
    give them away and will be brought down. Not by my judgement for I am
    not a scholar, have a doctrine or a worldly title to know judge but KNOW
    WHO GOD IS. They will be Judge by the Word of God and He, Christ
    Himself, who sit at the right hand of the Father. God’s Will, will be
    done, Amen! I just hope true repentance flow from a pure heart because
    we should be sorrowful that no souls are lost. For God doesn’t want
    ANYONE, you , me, Mike, Joel, etc, etc….to perish. Instead of
    bickering and putting each other down pray for and don’t idolize man.
    For at the end they will only follow and get what they want glory &
    honor through the love of money, recognition and statues and you all
    that are defending them will be left behind. for they ONLY have space
    for me, me, me, and their family. God is a Jealous God and He wants and
    COMMANDS that ALL Glory, Honor, Worship and Praise be given unto Him and
    Him ALONE. Love you all! Be still and know He is God, King of kings and
    Lord of lords and NO ONE come through the Father but through Christ.
    Not me, you, Mike, Dee Dee, Joel, The church lady, The church man BUT
    Christ, Amen! Who gave His life for you, me and all. So we belong and
    owe Him our death in Him, Hallelujah! Glory be to You Jesus. I love You
    Lord because You first Loved me while I, we were all dead in sin. Thank
    You Father, Amen! <3
    Pray saints for the dying and lost souls. For that SHOULD cause a move of compassion in our heart.

  • Child of God

    This is truly so sad 🙁 Leave it up to us Christians (Christlike) to
    chew each other up over idolatry. God said : “Love God with all your
    mind, heart, soul and strength” (Completely, in Totality,
    Wholeheartedly,) then love each other (His temple, our bodies not a
    building) as yourself. In all these conversation first and foremost God
    is not being love man is (idolatry) attacking His temple (each other,
    those that are really IN CHRIST and not man) because the eyes are being
    focused on man (idolatry) and we are suppose to be His people.
    Backbiting, insulting, degrading, gossiping, tearing each other down
    like always in the name of Mike & Joel!!! Please If one of them is
    truly anointed do you BELIEVE or not God is not capable of bringing
    justice to the persecuted …. What is new!…. Do any of you think God
    is Not Capable? or do you believe that man will have his way? God is not
    a man to lie or the son of man to change His mind. God is not a fool
    who’s ever heart is full of greed, lies and deceit that will be his
    reward. Does anyone fear God and His wrath to those that dress
    themselves in sheep’s skin but the blood in and out of their mouth will
    give them away and will be brought down. Not by my judgement for I am
    not a scholar, have a doctrine or a worldly title to know judge but KNOW
    WHO GOD IS. They will be Judge by the Word of God and He, Christ
    Himself, who sit at the right hand of the Father. God’s Will, will be
    done, Amen! I just hope true repentance flow from a pure heart because
    we should be sorrowful that no souls are lost. For God doesn’t want
    ANYONE, you , me, Mike, Joel, etc, etc….to perish. Instead of
    bickering and putting each other down pray for and don’t idolize man.
    For at the end they will only follow and get what they want glory &
    honor through the love of money, recognition and statues and you all
    that are defending them will be left behind. for they ONLY have space
    for me, me, me, and their family. God is a Jealous God and He wants and
    COMMANDS that ALL Glory, Honor, Worship and Praise be given unto Him and
    Him ALONE. Love you all! Be still and know He is God, King of kings and
    Lord of lords and NO ONE come through the Father but through Christ.
    Not me, you, Mike, Dee Dee, Joel, The church lady, The church man BUT
    Christ, Amen! Who gave His life for you, me and all. So we belong and
    owe Him our death in Him, Hallelujah! Glory be to You Jesus. I love You
    Lord because You first Loved me while I, we were all dead in sin. Thank
    You Father, Amen! <3
    Pray saints for the dying and lost souls. For that SHOULD cause a move of compassion in our heart.

  • Where was the son when all this stuff was going on from the beginning?

  • MissKw7

    are you a journailst, a saint, or an instigator??

  • Ashley

    this is a lie! Pastor Mike doesn’t give a crap about taking anybody’s church when he has his own and is doing very well! He is one of the best Pastor’s on earth and it kills me to see people bad mouth this man of God the way they do. GET A LIFE

    • Simmons’Girls

      Don’t say, “It kills me…” Proverbs 18:21

  • As someone standing in the back round observing, my heart 1st went out to Pastor Joel & his wife. I’d imagine he hasn’t been able to grieve properly with all that’s been going on. After it’s all over, I hope he and his wife can get away to some secluded island in the south pacific or somewhere. He will definitely be in my prayers. I published a book in 2006 that helps wounded people get healed from church abuse. I know one day when the hour is right, The Father will grant National favor on it, because everyone that has read it thus far, has sensed the Love within its pages. The Body of Christ “itself ” needs a “Revival” of self. We need to get back to the business of souls. My book also reaches out and prays for the abusers in the Body of Christ as well. The title- Church Vipers.

    Love You All,
    Rodney

  • PHApholospher357

    I am reading everything on here .. And one things I can say is .. you will know their fruit , I am a Man of God , a Christian and a Mason .. Im looking at some of the comments and would like to say ..PLEASE STOP PUTTING THE FREEMASONS in everything , I looked at the picture and I can tell you truly their is nothing Masonic about it , Masons look at the inner not outer man … no one can look like a mason , and Masons are not taking over churches or the world , this outlandish and crazy .. so please follow what thus sayeth the Lord period , the infalliable word of GOD is all that matters , and from reading the documents and seeing the videos , something is definitely not right here, but that’s where GOD comes in .. everything will be revealed concerning this issue in due time , although I totally agree with everything that has been shown and the facts that have been presented ..,, it is time for restoration in the kingdom and things need to be set in order

    • SupremeWisdom

      Shalom Brother. As I stated before, “Michael Freeman’s photo is very Masonic”. It is evident by the pyramid [Mohammed’s Mountain] being displayed between the connection of his hands [Mike is communicating; Mike knows about the Mountain top — he is a very smart man]. I am confident that Mike Freeman studies MY science as does ALL High Priests. I speak about it because I know what I speak [I study Mohammed’s Mountain too and the ALL Seeing Eye of ALLAH]. Freemasonry aka Masonry is the study of Ma-ther and Son [we are ALL mothers and sons] which is the his-story of MY Foremothers and Forefathers [RIP Ancient Ones], much thanks, peace and blessings for Moorish Science aka ISLAM [I Self Law Am Master]. I am a Gnostic as is ALL High Priests including you if you are in fruition and degrees beyond. You mentioned that you are a Christian. If so, please explain [and I request that Mike Freeman do the same] how Christianity [Christendom] is a political system as is ISLAM and NOT a be-lie-f system. Please explain how ALL Masons regardless of their religious flavor, wears MY Fez with MY Names and read MY Koran behind closed doors without their following, the masses, knowing the truth. Please explain how the Priesthood works for the Romans to keep the Indigenous Aboriginals of the earth ignorant and incompetent so ALL resources can continue to be the property of the Pope [Pope of Rome — Secret Treaty of Verona 1213 & 1822]. Please explain how ALL Republic forms of government are being subverted to Demon-cracy forms of government for De Facto control over ALL Indigenous Persons across the globe as was here in North America. Please explain that there are NO such people as “black” people, “Negros” and “African Americans” [14th Amendment “corporate” person] because NO such people existed in Ancient times therefore do not belong to the Human Family. Please explain to such Persons [the “blacks” in your church] that they are the Indigenous Moors of North America the North Gate, Northwest Amexum Northwest Africa. Please explain that ALL religious books [each represented as a degrees and are Kabalistic] must be innerstood and understood to obtain TRUE religion which is Moorish Science, the science of the One they call “Jesus”. Please explain that Jesus is a passcode [the letter “J” introduced in 14th century] and is NOT the name of the Prophet known as Yoshir Bin Yusef. Please explain that Masons are High Priest, represented in the church [behind the pul-pit — pulling you into the pit] as well as government, ALL congress, politicians, and judges. Furthermore, if you do NOT know any of this stated therein my fellow Freemason, then you are being played by your Priesthood. If you do know, I challenge you as well as Mike and ALL other Priesthood to practice the TRUE meaning of the 5-priciples [5-chambers] and deliver the truth [Supreme Wisdom] to the masses to set them FREE.

      • Greetings and Salutations My Brother !!!!!!!! Again I reply to your rhetoric of the Masonic Order, I,m quite sure you know the meaning of the word rhetoric, one depiction of the word rhetoric is false eloquencethat is what your writings appears top be , Now !!!!!!! let me set the record straight Pastor Michael Freeman being a minister of the word would make him a christian and a christian cannot serve two masters, he must love one and hate the other, so when Jesus Christ was raised by The Holy Spirit Pastor Michael Freeman was raised in Christ and that makes him a citizen of the kingdom , and as the Masonic Order goes we know under what similitude he was raised up under, and none of us christians can claim both and for Christ I’ll live and for Christ I’ll die because there is none GREATER!!!!!!!!

  • Cynthia Clark

    I’m going to make this short and to the point! First of all he shouldn’t have to buy his mother’s home, and I smell a rat. It’s that simple. Something just doesn’t sound right !a

  • SupremeWisdom

    Michael Freeman’s photo, very Masonic…

    • This pesponse is to” Supreme Wisdom” if all it takes for you to think that a photo makes a man look Masonic then I can tell by your concept of a Mason’s creditability relies on his looks you are in a sad state , just because a man says that he is a Mason, does not make him so, he can be a Mason in name, and in name only and his Class , Character, and his Integrity can be that of a ” Low Down Dirty Scroundrel”.I don’t know if you call yourself a Mason or if you are truly a “Brother from the heart, but either way this is something you need to know and that is God’s word do not intend for his word to be used in any secret organizations so if by chance you do consider yourself a Mason , you had better realize that a man cannot serve two “Master’s he must love one and hate the other, and there is only one true master and that is ” YAHWEH “or ” GOD ” so you just know this !!!!!!!!!!! , That all men are born with a sinful nature and the pride of life and the lust of the eyes can cause man to stoop lower than the soles of his shoes for money and any other earthly treasure .

      • SupremeWisdom

        George, we are all Ma-Sons (Mama Sons) and Mus-Lims (Muscles & Limbs). Now, my assumption is that you are a brother and if so you must know that Masonry is your history, nothing evil and nothing demonic about it. Masonry is your history, history that was stolen by the Europeans and used against you after you fell in servitude. The only reason the knowledge (Supreme Wisdom) is hidden from you is to keep you from knowing who you really are. You are Moslems and Hebrews aka Moors (all the same people) NOT blacks, negros, African-Americans, etc. All high priests of Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, etc. know the truth but never share it with their followers. Their followers are the floor sweepers and bill payers. All high priests know true religion which is cosmology, astrology, and mathematics — not dogma and belief that the sheep gets when they come to listen. All high priests know that “God” is an action verb and not a noun. “God” is an invoking; a doing that man is able to master (fruition) like Yoshua Bin Yusef (who most call Jesus) and Mohammed. This is why man is considered a god. Know thy self, for the truth shall set you free. Study, study, study and stop be-lie-ving (be lie) everything you are told my brother. If you do, you will find that “A picture says a thousand words.”

    • Agapemimi

      Yes that hand gesture. Higher rank too. Smh satanic. He came to my former church and talked about prosperity all night. He also said everyone in his congregation drives luxury cars. He scolded the parishners of another clergyman’s church for everyone not being able to give the $150 for his honorarium. Smh.

    • Agapemimi

      Yes that hand gesture. Higher rank too. Smh satanic. He came to my former church and talked about prosperity all night. He also said everyone in his congregation drives luxury cars. He scolded the parishners of another clergyman’s church for everyone not being able to give the $150 for his honorarium. Smh.

  • stopacrook

    Thanks Church Lady!
    I heard Mr. and Mrs. Freeman on The Word Network talking about marriage in a program called “Marriage Made EZ” (“marriage” and “easy” should not be in the same sentence). He chopped up a verse from Ecclesiastes and totally misconstrued the verse. So I did a little more diggin’…

    Let’s look at the Drs’ credentials. “Dr.” Mike and “Dr.” Dee Dee Freedom BOTH received their doctorate degrees in ministry from Friend International Christian University. Ever heard of it??? Me either! Another diploma mill:

    http://www.ficuflorida.com/alumni/freeman.htm

    – These people should at least work to earn a REAL degree. Money can buy credentials but not character. They’re good communicators. The wicked will prosper on earth but they are known by the spiritual fruit they bear (Matthew 7:15).

    Thank you for at least shining light on the subject. You can argue with emotions but not actions.

    • Donovan

      you are just a hater. point blank period!

  • Lou

    UGH!
    You do not love Pastor Joel and you want him to fail. Clearly those at the church building are not aware that Pastor Joel and the long time true board will win on appeal. The case goes before three judges and they will judge the case based on all of the evidence. Judge Jackson who was allegedly paid by these crooks will have no part in the decision. He did not follow the recommendation of the mediator who is a retired judge and said that the long term board should win and these six employees be held personally liable. Firing Pastor Joel and revoking his membership as well as other leaders and members who support Pastor Joel will not change the outcome. The members have also filed suit against these crooks and this is going forth. So with that being said your time in the building without Pastor Joel, the long term board and the members will be short lived.
    This has separated the wheat from the tare, it has allowed Pastor Joel to walk in his apostolic anointing and unify the remnant. We will return to the building free from the evildoers who may be taken out in handcuffs for the criminal acts that they have committed. All of the others have identified themselves and will not be able to sabotage the ministry. Michael Freeman and the six employees and their followers have been uncovered. They will suffer the consequences for their actions. UGH! I forgive you and I will pray for you. Follow your own advice and read the depositions. Depositions are testimony made under oath. The self appointed board told the court what happened in their own words. They may have told you one thing but said something else when questioned under oath.
    No one has put their mouth on Michael Freeman. Denise Killen threw him and Zain Sesay under the bus in her testimony. The sheriff on video said that Michael Freeman was on the phone and told them not to let Pastor Joel take anything on the day that he was fired. Michael Freeman put Apostle in a hospital and nursing home under his wife’s maiden name so she could not be found and didn’t tell Pastor Joel. Medical records prove this. Michael Freeman was at the court house on the day of the contempt trial that the crooks lost and there are pictures to prove it. Michael freeman told his congregation several times during national televised sermons that Apostle put him over Jericho. Michael Freeman brought the lawyers to Apostle who prepared the documents that she signed up until her death including this new will, the one that allegedly put his new board in place and the one which made her an employee under the janitor and provided an avenue for them to fire her if she had lived. Michael Freeman had a medical directive and is the executor of her estate and would not sell Pastor Joel his family home at market value. The list goes on. Icing on the cake is the person preaching at Jericho names Michael Freeman as his mentor and tags him on everything that he posts on line.

    • PB

      I agree with you whole kindheartedly! The people need to be informed of the TRUTH. What family doesn’t have problems or issues. One can pray and rebuke the devil at the same time. As long as you are speaking and telling the unadulterated facts, please keep it up. The public needs to know and expose the untruths. I was a member of Jericho years ago prior to moving out of state. I love the Peebles family.

      • Thanks so much for your words of encouragement, it gets rough out here sometimes.

  • UGH!

    I hope Dr. Mike sues you for using his picture on here! You are ridiculous. You should stay out of business that is not your own. It is not your job or anyone’s job to broadcast what is going on in the church. It is your calling, your job, to pray. Its people like you, reasons why people don’t go to church. You openly have this website for “open gossip”. I love Pastor Joel dearly. However Apostle Betty was his mother. She knew him and saw him in ways that the members don’t know. This was her and she knew what she was doing. It time, Pastor Joel would have had the entire ministry under his direct control. But he is being the rebellious son that he was when his Mother was alive. But he could not do anything. Now that she is gone, he is playing the “woe is me” guy. The people, most of them, have no real relationship with God themselves, and so they depend on Pastor Joel’s relationship. He does all of these nice things for the people, but truly I dont believe his heart is right. This conference he is planning is nothing more that gain for his “Joel Peebles Ministries”. Its not really for the people. He is having in a hotel where the people who come on Sundays can’t even fit. Why would you have big name preachers come in and you know your people + the others who will come when they hear they are coming can’t fit in the venue. He is not even willing to accomodate his own members fully. That tells you right there that this event is for personal gain and not for the heart of the people.

    • Caleb

      See this is why people are leaving the Church in droves. Ignorant unlearned religious people who refuse to study the facts right in their face because they are following a man and not God. The shut up and just pray people are the very ones that Jim Jones had drinking Kooloff aid because they are so busy following laws & do’s and dont’s rather than living by Gods power and ability because of what Jesus did. You are a bunch of whitewashed tombs with dead mans bones inside. You are the one that needs to WAKE UP! God never intended for you to be following a man! Ray Charles could see that this is not about Jesus or the Gospel. It’s about money and the intention to take property. This Man could care less about the people that are being scattered because His EGO is so huge that he believes that once he takes the land that the people will follow him. Church lady, social media, you tube etc have put him on front street though and it won’t stop. If he had any humility he would pull himself out of this mess. But he won’t hell press on and say that he is being persecuted and idiots like you will fall for it but pride always comes before the fall. All that glitters is not Gold.

    • Lou

      UGH!, It seems you may have some facts to share. Where are the documents that state that Pastor Joel would have had the entire ministry under his control if he had waited? If anyone has these documents that need to be shown.

    • Damita

      in response to you telling the churchlady she needs to mine her business! This is her business and Business because SHE IS HER BROTHERS KEEPER along with this site being owned and operated by her…UNLIKE YOURSELF who would like the truth to remain in the dark… I AM A LONGTIME MEMBER OF JERICHO not to mention i was also Mom Peebles personal Nail Technician…. Now run and tell that to Mike Freeman

      • ughhhhhh

        Every last one of you dont know anything about Dr. Mike and his wife. I’m not a gossiper nor do I care what you have to say about any of this. Dr. Mike is the trustee and that’s it. you all need help. I pray for all of you! You are church members on this blog gossiping about things you don’t have no clue about. Ma Peebles would not like to see this. You dont know anything and I’m done trying to explain myself because it’s neither mine or you all’s business! You believ whatever you hear, and you need to stop because you all can’t think for yourselves. I’m sorry to hear all this but my pastor was given this role as the trustee of her estate because she trusted him with something so serious. Pastor Mike and Dee Dee does not want the money, TRUST ME, they love the Lord! It’s ridiculous all of this, up here on this blog saying all this stuff when you’re clueless about EVERYTHING! And one more thing men and women of God are not gossipers!!

      • SupremeWisdom

        @ughhhhhh

        “Every last one of you dont know anything about Dr. Mike and his wife.”

        No one needs to know Mike Freeman or his wife to know the truth about who he is. Mike Freeman is showing the world in the photo above, the real world that is, that he is a Freemason obedient to the order.

        “You are church members on this blog gossiping about things you don’t have no clue about.”

        Some persons on here are church members spreading gossip but not I. I am here offering science about the situation. Joel was shammed by Mike because he does not belong to an order.

        “You believ whatever you hear, and you need to stop because you all can’t think for yourselves.”

        The word is believe and not “believ”. Believe is the first degree of Ma-son-ry, Mother & son study. Be-lie-ve, root (etymology aka mother of word) word is LIE, meaning you can be easily deceived. Be-lie-ve is represented by Neophyte which is the first degree taught to the masses by the Masonic orders who run the world. Some of the masses are lucky to learn faith which is scholar but none are taught fruition which is master. Now, I have fruition — do you?

        “Pastor Mike and Dee Dee does not want the money, TRUST ME, they love the Lord!”

        How do you know Mike and Dee Dee do not want the estate? The estate is the true value because there is no money in exchange (learn estate law). Money is only gold and silver (refer to the USA Republic Constitution Article 1 section 10). Good day!

      • Shellie

        nigga! why would he want the estate he has a nice one of his own! i know the man PERSONALLY and i know his heart! it’s ashame ppl will believe everything they hear! If he really wanted all this stuff don’t you think he would have it? like..just shutup because none of yall know what you’re talking about.

      • NONYA

        OH RALLY, THAT WHY THE JUDGE MADE THE STEALMANS OOOPS THE FREEMAN’S GIVE BACK ALL OF HER BELONGINGS INCLUDING.JEWS THAT TOOK, IT’S ALL ONLINE PEOPLE READ IT FOR YOURSELFS. AND WAKE UP JESUS.

      • NONYA

        NO HE’S JUST A SNAKE

    • Damita

      UGH!!!! you are too funny…so let me ask you this? How come Jericho City of Praise building a 10,000 seater since the split only has about 150 member that stayed im sure you are in that number and about another 175 of Ronald Walker members??? BUT METRO POINT under the leadership of JOELPEEBLESMINISTRIES HAS 3500 people standing room only!! We dont need to do anything for Financial Gain. The term would be called WE ARE LIVING IN THE OVERFLOW SWEETIE..TAKE UP IT WITH JESUS IF YOU HAVE A PROBLEM with it..because we will not entertain your foolishness anymore!! Keep up the good work CHURCHLADY…WE LOVE U!!!

    • The Overflow

      First, I want to give honor to Christ and then to the Lady of God, who seeks to expose the devil at all cost…Church Lady thank you! Let’s look at the Bible for true account to what is going on here…(Read Exodus 10…the Lord has done this so that He MIGHT SHOW HIMSELF MIGHTY) THIS STORY HAS JUST BEGUN…follow closely if you can…After Moses lead the children of God out of Egypt, Pharoh still pursued to destroy Moses and the children…it was then, that God has the final say…Pharoh’s fate is sealed…and all his hencemen and army went down with him. (YOU READ YOUR WORD) I am truly praying for your souls…

      Prior to this news, the Lord woke me up and said until I tell you else, give your tithe directly to Pastor Joel, do not put it in the buckets…(I said ok, God, but if you tell me, then you have to confirm it in the hearts of the rest of the members) THIS IS BEFORE ANY OF THE NEWS BROKE ABOUT WHAT WAS GOING ON WITH APOSTLE, THE ACCUSATIONS SURROUNDING HER DEATH OR BEFORE PASTOR JOEL UTTERED A WORD TO THE MEMBERS ABOUT WHAT WAS HAPPENING TO HIM)…God has a bird’s eye view of everything…and His sheep no His voice and another they will not follow. We are not following a MAN WE ARE FOLLOWING AN ANNOINTING THAT ONLY THE HOLY GHOST CAN GIVE!

      PASTOR JOEL ACCOUNTED FOR EVERY DIME EVER GIVEN TO HIM, AND USED IT IN THE MINISTRY…oh by the way, why haven’t you given him the things he’s come out of his own pocket to purchase…like the new members room…a renovation that took over $10K to do, or the brand new sound system to replace the one that was out dated and worn out, or how about Friends and Family day…need I go on. Not to mention the scholarship money and the $1,000 he gave to one of his hugest haters, Joy Bell! (that had to been God, because after she chewed him out in that meeting I was listening on, I, personally wouldn’t have given her water in the Sahra Dessert-but that’s just me–God is still working on me)

      What did the board do with the tithes, they sued the pastor, took lavish vacations, paid off the judge (because no judge would even consider listening to this foolishness and kept throwing all the other restraining orders and attempts to take over the church out of court until the lawyer made a special request for Judge Dwight Jackson to hear every case). To which the same day, we went to court the last time, Mike Freeman just so happened to be at the courthouse at the same time! Come on…we are not as stupid as Linda Pyles outwardly accused the members of being!

      TO UHG! From reading your post, it is clear that you are either one of Mike Freeman’s members, the only nephew that turned against his entire family, one of the self-appointed board members or their family members/supporters…and that is ok! We know clearly what side of the fence you are on…LET’S SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT, like the Church Lady said…sworn documents don’t lie…we are not a congregation that is “JUST TAKING OUR PASTOR’S WORD”…WE KNOW HOW TO READ FOR OUR SELVES! Unlike most of those self appointed board members, we are educated, in both accredited colleges and universities, and the Bible …Let a man examine himself…something it doesn’t seem to have been done by this board.

      You are trying to convence the public we do not know what we are talking about, but there is written documents that support everything we have said about this board and Mike and DeeDee Freeman and Zain Sesay said by their own people appointed to assist them in this hostile take over! So don’t call us crazy, look in the mirror…because you would have to be a fool to say these things are right to do, even if Apostle wanted these things (which we all know is a lye!) Because when she was alive and well, she could have elevated any of these people pass being a deacon, and only one got that title…all the rest, we just her underpaid employees taking out revenge on her, the ministry and the jealousy they hold in their hearts for Pastor Joel and First Lady Ylawdna…and we all know they can’t stand her swag, cause she is prettier than them, and she has more grace in her pinky than they have in their entire extistance! LOL AND MOST OF ALL, SHE HAS MORE CHRIST!

      Wanting to serve God’s people is not being rebellious unless you are apposed to being used by God! ENOUGH SAID, LET THE HOLY GHOST GIVE YOU THE REST!

    • Tamika

      How can you preach and judge at the same time? You’re charging her for doing the very thing you’re doing — assume. :-\

  • UGH!

    The members cant possibly have all the facts; they were not there when these things happened. Pastor Joel was not there when these things happened. It was God, and the members of the board. How can any information be factual if the people reporting it weren’t there? How about folks pray and ask God for what happened. But wait people did say they prayed and God supposedly spoke to them. But how can God tell you one thing and someone else another. Someone is lying and it isn’t God for he is not a man that he should lie. So Church Lady whoever you are you are wrong to say “the members have laid out the facts”. Because they WERE NOT THERE! In regard to Pastor Joel. Why in the world would you LET someone(s) hide your mother from you for 3-6 MONTHS!!! His relationship must not have been that good if he wasn’t calling the news then. Why call the news now to report things and not then when they were hiding your mother from you? That’s suspect on his part. CHURCH lady this is nothing but a gossip column. And God hates gossip. IF you prayed as much as you formulated an opinion maybe we wouldn’t be dealing with this. And before you try to quote scripture “you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free”, your right. But it is GOD and GOD ALONE who reveals the truth. Your job is not to write about it, but to pray. No one knows the truth. All we know is what Pastor Joel and his family have told us. That’s it. How in the world can people take what someone says as gospel without first hearing another side? That goes against everything that Apostle Betty taught. She would tell us constantly don’t take anything I say for gospel go home and search the scriptures for yourself. Well in this case there are no scriptures that will give us the truth about this; but she was telling us b4 you take what I say as gospel take a look at all the factors. SHUT YOUR MOUTH CHURCH LADY AND GO PRAY!

    • 1. Facts: Court Depositions are considered factual information
      Facts: The Court Depositions were taped for everyone including the Church Lady to see
      Facts: People have been praying and praying and praying and God is delivering and delivering and delivering and that is why The hotel is full of Saints

      2. The Church Lady:
      Fact: Your bullying days won’t work over here, sounds like I am striking a cord with a demonic force and I rebuke it in the name of Jesus!
      @Tonee where you At!

      3. Shut Your Mouth: Chile Pleeze! That a’int going to happen, so I would suggest since you are so bothered by this site, that you just don’t come back, now if you insist on coming back and posting, I would suggest that you read the About Me page on the site and learn the rules, cause I am only going to give you a few more passes on the name calling.

      Ok, love ya Chile!

      • Loni

        um excuse me, pastor mike never said he was going to have to biggest church on the east coast. were you at the service where he said that? oh ok HAVE A SEAT CHURCH LADY! got the nerve to call a man of GOD a demonic force lmbo! u got some nerve! u ain’t nothing but a low life gossiper who sits behind a computer all day making up foolishness!! GOOD DAY

    • Damita

      First of all as a LONG TIME MEMBER OF Jericho I am most proud of the fact that CHURCH LADY HAD ENOUGH GUTS TO EXPOSE THE TRUTH….This is the problem with the church when things happen people like you want to sweep it under the rug and act like it doesnt exist. My question to you DID U BLAST THE WASHINGTON POST??? Or did U blast MIKE FREEMAN for broadcasting on TV he is going to have the biggest church on the eastcoast???? I’m sure you did not..so how about you SHUT UP!

    • Damita

      and another thing you need to do before commenting about events you dont know anything about READ THE DEPOSITIONS THATS WHAT THEY ARE FOR. Secondly my pastor had an investigator find his mother who Mike and DEE DEE FREEMAN PLACED UNDER DEE DEE MOTHERS MAIDEN NAME ….THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR NOT KNOWING YOUR FACTS

  • Lou

    P. Lynn,
    I hear what you’re saying. I have read ALL of the depositions, documents etc. Apostle Betty was a brilliant woman. She would not in her right mind have tricked the long term board members into signing themselves off the board and electing the Janitor, secretary and bookkeeper. She was outspoken and would have told somebody. She said was the “HNIC.” She knew the law and she knew the proper way to elect board members. They sued Pastor Joel and told the press that Apostle put them in place before she died. The press continues to repeat this. The facts are that Jericho is a nonprofit she didn’t own it and she did not have the power to legally change the board by herself.
    In terms of her confidence in Pastor Joel’s ability to manage finances she nominated him to head the Board of the senior center and center of hope. According to the site this budget is larger than all of the other holdings combined. This appears to be a hostile takeover. According to numerous lawyers Pastor Joel and the long term board of trustees will win on appeal. It may be more difficult with her personal assets. All fingers point to Michael and Dee Dee Freeman. The latest emails show no compassion only greed. Michael Freeman is acting like Apostle’s estate belongs to him. What’s interesting is the person who has been preaching at Jericho since they fired Pastor Joel names Michael Freeman as his mentor.

  • Elise

    Mike Freeman’s name turns up again on new documents found on the people of praise site about the sale of apostles home. Deloris freeman requests a time for pastor Joel to meet with her to pick up his mothers personal belongings. The Freeman’s are cc’d on the emails. How can they decide to rent out apostles house and refuse to sell it to her son? Let’s not forget, pressure him to quickly remove property under their watch. This is ridiculous.

    • Sharrine

      no what is ridiculous is that her family, her son, neglected to handle her affairs. this is happening all over America. We are quick to ask the questions on the surface but have you wondered, how her mortgage was paid, medical bills etc. While she was hospitalized and ailing? Who handled her affairs? what about the property taxes? So yes if in fact she was ailing and her son sat by idle while someone else came in and did what needed to be done, legally so upon her demise there would even be something left, then shame on him. They can make those decisions by law because she set it up that way before she died. They are power of attorney’s, executors of her estate, or beneficiaries, etc. They obviously have legal standing that Apostle’s son does not have, Again SAD, SAD, SAD. I pray that they can come together and reconcile as brothers in Christ. Most black people don’t even have a will. We could use this as a learning tool to just do better. We perish for lack of knowledge. Maybe we “The Black Church” need to stop all this hollering and study to show ourselves approved…”

  • JEANETmarie

    What a sad story! This elderly woman was isolated from the last member of her nuclear family (her son), placed in a hospital and nursing home under a different name and her will was changed. I hope the court will investigate whether or not elder abuse was involved here. Something doesn’t smell right no matter how the story is told. If her son had no history of abusing his mother, then there was absolutely no reason to exclude him from her life while she was dying. How awful. I can’t believe the board of directors think they will get away with this nonsense. Not in this day of around the clock mass media. What is done in the darkness, but be shouted from the rooftops. I truly hope this case is investigated as a criminal matter. All the best to the Pastor Joel and family.

  • Miss Moe

    Traffic tickets and foreclosure is NO comparison to having your dying mother nothing short of kidnapped and held hostage!

    • Damita

      Thank You Miss Moe…I just do not understand how someone can even compare My pastors being locked out of his mothers house by Mike and his crew along with the Unelected Rougue 6 board along with his mother being kidnapped for over a year put her in a community hospital without Pastor Joel Knowledge or any other surviving member and put her under Dee Dee Freeman Mothers Maiden Name Betty Wooten Not to mention Dee Dee and Mike Freeman family member Nekita Wooten works at the hospital they took her to. They also took Pastor Joel to court days after his mother passed could not participate or make any funeral decisions.. to Foreclosure and Traffic Tickets???

      • Damita

        Its Just behooves me HOW someone can compare Traffic Tickets…Foreclosure to what My Pastor Joel & Ywalanda Peebles and church family have been through…I mean seriously.

      • P. Lynn

        It’s behooves you… WHAT???? Did you mean if bewilders you? Look up the definition of behooves.

  • Miss Moe

    You better preach! I know of Mike & Dee Dee when she was doing hair on Marlboro Pike and he was selling drugs. I was begged to death by my cousin to go visit the church several years ago. I finally gave in and went on mothers day. It was a clown show, them two. All about prosperity. I was NOT impressed at all. I didn’t feel it. It was clearly evident that it was all about business. A hot mess if you ask me. And Ms. Dee Dee has the nerve to be degreed, I guess… And got up there and couldn’t speak proper English! Finally, based on what I KNOW of them both, he has done alot of people dirty. Went from pedaling drugs to pushin Bibles. I’m not surpried at all. I wish the Peebles the best!

  • P. Lynn

    I lived in the D.C./Maryland area for over 25 years until returning to my native Michigan about 7 years ago. I was living in Prince George’s County, Maryland (where Jericho City of Praise is). I remember attending the Peebles’ first church in N.E. W, DC and when Jericho was built. In fact, I lived about 10 minutes from Jericho when it was built. I had a close friend who became a member and I would go to Jericho services sometimes with her. I enjoyed all of the messages, whether preached by Joel or his mother.

    I just stumbled across this site while looking for other information, and I was shocked to learn about:

    1. Apostle Betty’s death (although I know she was up in age);
    2. Joel’s forced removal from the church and that there has been a change in (human) management; and
    3. Joel was the only remaining child.

    It’s sad, but not surprising. Anytime any organization has a lot of money (and land) and there is real or perceived mismanagement, someone from the outside will see an opportunity for takeover, which isn’t necessarily wrong.

    Going back to my friend who was a member of Jericho City of Praise, I told her about a legal notice I saw in a Prince George’s County newspaper (late 1990s?). Every Friday, all types of legal notices, including pending home foreclosures were listed. A home co-owned by Joel and Ylawnda Peebles was in foreclosure. When I told her, she snapped, “That can’t be true. They can’t be the same people”. Something like that. It was them; however, I can’t say for sure that the foreclosure went thru. Perhaps his mother bailed them out then.

    My point? People believe what they want to believe. They know what they want to know. If someone were to show them the land deeds that records all purchases, sales, foreclosures and repossessions of land, they still would come up with excuses for those that they admire, follow, and believe in. That’s fine. I don’t argue with people like that.

    • Lou

      P. Lynn,

      Your point is well taken. This issue was addressed in the depositions. This was one of several rental properties. A church member was living in the property and was not able to pay the rent. The house was not lost to foreclosure. We have to be careful about blaming the victim. In this case the victims are the Peebles family. This is no way to justify how Apostle was treated during the last year of her life. Medical records, court depositions, legal documents, phone records, videos and tv recordings don’t lie. You cannot go back and change anything that has already been done, or call it an attack or blame it on haters. It is what it is. His congregation heard him make the statements and it was televised on tv. I understand that his supporters love him. I love my children and if they do something wrong I will still love them and support them but I must acknowledge that what they did was wrong. Not try and place the blame or sweep it under the rug.

      • P. Lynn

        Hello, Lou, thank you for your comments to my post. However, I am not blaming anyone or even taking sides. The point of my post was in reply to various posters’ refuting any allegations of financial problems (and anyone can have financial problems) that Joel Peebles and his wife may have had. When you (or I) own property, regardless of who lives in it, it is up to the owner(s) to make sure all payments, taxes, etc. are paid. As I stated in my post, I didn’t know if this foreclosure actually took place, I just saw the notice of PENDING foreclosure.

        Read each post carefully before commenting.

        If indeed Apostle Betty was taken advantage of and kept away from her son who was her legal representative, then that’s criminal. Joel needed a good lawyer when all this was happening-did he have one?

        Most of the posters here seem to see no connection between sound personal financial management and sound corporate financial management. Make no mistake, church or not, Jericho City of Praise is a business. If you can’t manage the small stuff, can you handle the big stuff? I think Dr. Freeman saw the connection and took advantage of the situation.

      • venus

        Its bedside baptist for me, my bible , and my 4 children….where 2 or more gather in his name..he is there

  • Caleb

    This doesnt look good no matter how you slice it. I heard that this past Sunday April 22nd that Pastor Freeman did indeed address this from the pulpit in His Church. He acknowledged that he was assigned as Executor of the estate of Dr. Betty but that he did not have any foreknowledge of this and did not know of the changes that the “rogue board” intended toward Pastor Joel. He said that he would be vindicated in the end but could not talk any further on the matter. This brings so many questions to mind.
    1. Why then change Apostle Betty’s name and keep her from her family?
    2. Why was he on the phone when Pastor Joel was being escorted off the Jericho property? How did that have anything to do with being the executor of Dr. Betty’s will? What does that have to do with the will of the Apostle?

  • joyce ellis

    Someone on here said something about First Lady Ylawnda writting bad checks, let’s get this correct, first of all F.L Ylawnda was the founder and managed the Blessed By You after school program. Which brought in anywere between six to nine thousand dollars a school year. The files are still availiable. And at the end of the school year her gave the children a wonderful banquuet. Most of the things Pastor Joel and First Lady Ylawnda do for the church is with there own personal income. Now all the moneies from this program was turned over to the financial department at Jericho, now what they did with it your guess is as good as mine.

  • joyce ellis

    I won’t stop saying it till someone listen. the notary is Boswell’s wife. One of the plaintiff’s. Is this not a concfict of interest inappropriate, and unethical., and can’t this trust on this bacis be declared VOID? help me to understand.

  • joyce ellis

    check out the notary on the trust. It is one of the plaintiffs wife. Bowell’s wife. This is a conflict of interest right and inappropriate, total unehtical. could this be null and void because of this.

    • Dr. T

      A notary public must be an impartial witness, and best practice would dictate that the notary not notarize for a person related by birth, marriage or adoption. However check with the state law

  • BlkOnyxx

    I am a Former Member of Pastor Mike’s Church. My husband and I made the decision to leave some years ago when it became very clear all he cared about was money and gettng money from the members. It was not of Christ. And niether is this dispute over ownership of buildings. The True Body of Christ is the People not the building. The true Bride of Christ can’t be a building because a building has a limit a capacity, there is no limit for the Bride of Christ. In this dispute at the end of the day, it’s not about the People it’s about property.

    The body of Christ cannot be owned by anyone, and sadly people on the outside looking in, see a fight about a “church”. This has nothing to do with the Bride of Christ. But the Bride will suffer. I pray that this conflict gets resolved quickly and God’s will, not man’s desire, be done. Christ will intercede and protect his Bride.

  • Dee

    Alicia,

    Pastor Joel is not perfect but he did NOT kidnap and kill our pastor, or allow her to suffer for gain. I support Pastor Joel and First Lady Ylawnda because I have seen their fruit.I pray that you do not experience hard times and have all your ducks in a row but bad things happen to good holy Christians as you can see what happened to our Apostle by the hands of Satan Six. Traffic tickets=kidnap, allowing someone to suffer so you can take advantage of them and steal their legacy. I DON”T THINK SO! Also Bishop Walker who preached at JCOP on Sunday is a mentee of WHO? Mike Freeman shocked? Don’t be , you ain’t seen nothing yet. All done in the dark will be brought to light I guess that’s the “Cocky Faith” message you were talking about, Freeman. You speak over someones else stuff and it just becomes yours. WOW

  • Any one that will do what Dr. Michael Freeman is accused of doing to Elder Joel who is the son of the lady who was very instrumental in helping him to be where he is in his church today , and plus the fact that he claimed to be a best friend of Pastor Jamie , who was Elder Joel’s older brother, for those who didn’t know him .if it is true what is being said then Dr. Michael Freeman is the epitome of the devil !!!!!!!!!! who comes to steal,kill and destory and he is the one who should be brought up on charges for his deceitfull actions concerning Apostle Betty because she would never have entrusted her affairs to a none family member ,while Elder Joel is alive and Minister Bobby Henry is the church attorney and those are the two reasons why he did what he did to keep Apostle away from the people she trusted , knowing the Apostle’s christian values, she would never, knowningly allowed an, outsider to handle her affairs so to all of the congregation who is for the truth being worldly known and the devil and his advocates cast down in disgrace ,(Dr. Michael Freeman and his Board) let the war cry of God’s warriors be heard as we stand with our Pastor Elder Joel and all of ouir terminated brothers and sisters , not in front of them ,not in back of them but shoulder to shoulder side by side and step on the devil’s head , because God is not dead, ONE CAN CHASE A THOUSAND AND TWO CAN PUT TEN THOUSAND TO FLIGHT , they are culpable of entering into a conspiracy to commit GRAND THEFT

  • Alicia

    Go to http://www.md.gov and see that Joel Peebles has been in court many times for driving on a suspended license, driving on a suspended registration and many other traffic violations (where’s the integrity there?). Additionally, you will see that Joel and Ylawnda were sued by Woodmore for not paying their association fees and have been in court over several foreclosures. Sounds like poor money management to me. No one made that up, it’s all out there on the internet for anyone to see.

    • Damita

      Alicia,

      Did you do your investigation on Mike and Dee Dee Freeman? What about the churches he stole from Pastor Cherry, Pastor Anthony Muse? Where is Mike Freeman integrity? Where was Mike Freeman Integrity and Dee Dee when they put Apostle under Dee Dee Freeman Mothers Maiden Name? Where was Dee Dee and Mike Freeman Integrity when they tried to STOP Pastor Joel from ATTENDING HIS OWN MOTHER FUNERAL.. I see you didnt mention that…and how about you read the DEPOSITIONS FROM MONTH OF MAY where Mike Freeman name is all up in them. Before you investigate ONE party Investigate all. And by the way you dont EVEN HAVE TO LEAVE thechurchladyblogs website to investigate. thechurchladyblogs has kindly posted the DEPOSITION..let me know your results.

      • Alicia

        I posted in the wrong place. I should have replied directly to Elaine’s incorrect claims that Joel Peebles hasn’t mismanaged money or had any foreclosure issues. I don’t need to investigate Mike Freeman because I’m not defending Mike Freeman, merely pointing out that Joel Peebles is not some poor, bullied kid who had his mother’s church stolen from him. I didn’t make up any of the charges against him; they’re right there on md.gov for all to see. They are there in black and white on an official government site, not on a personally owned blog that helps carry gossip. They are statements of FACT, not matters of opinion or figments of the imagination. Joel adn Ylawnda are have in fact mishandeled their own personal finances and Joel was fired from Jericho’s Academy by his mother long before she was ill and allegedly vulernable to the influence of the board.

    • Damita

      Also Alicia so you wont have to scroll down. Here is one investigation
      April 23, 2012 9:46 am
      I hope everyone is aware that Pastor Mike is NOT a DR. He has a fake degree from an unaccredited place.. Look it up.. http://www.ficu.edu/alumni/freeman.htm.

      So Glad to Know Pastor Joel Peebles (6 SIX Degrees )were earned and are legitimate starting with Bowie State University.

    • Pianoab

      He that is without sin throw the first stone. You want to point out negative about Pastor Joel Peebles. I don’t know Pastor Joel or his mother Apostle Peebles, but when I looked at her picture, she was a TRUE WOMAN OF GOD that reflected the LOVE OF GOD. What I’ve read about Pastor Michael Freeman, if it’s true, he needs to be ashame of himself. How would he feel if his mother was isolated from him and put in the hospital under and false last name? No one is looking at the fact this was Pastor Joel Peebles “MOTHER” and PASTOR. No matter what Pastor Joel have done in the past, the present is that Pastor Joel mother is gone and can’t speak the facts. How would you feel if your parents worked hard to build something for it to be wrongfully taken away. If Pastor Michael Freeman did those things in regards to keeping Pastor Joel away from his mother, and trying to keep him from his own mother funeral, he needs to repent. Whether Pastor Michael Freeman get the church or not, this situation is sad and totally wrong. I don’t know Apostle Peebles, but as I look at her pictures, she would have never done her son this way. I don’t have to be there to see that this is not God what the board is doing and if Pastor Michael Freeman is involved it is so wrong. Pastor Peebles the weapon that you have is the “Weapon of Praise” If you can praise God through this, I guarantee you He will bring you through. God is going to show Himself strong & mighty. Praying for you and your entire family.

  • cece

    Thank you for your post Church Lady,

    I, like most, am extremely grieved by recent events. I am sad that the church has become (once again) a spectacle for the world to point at and accuse. I am sad for all parties involved in this dispute. I am sad that so many bad things happen that turn believers away from the Cross.

    I am not a member of either church, nor do i have any special interests that would make me bias. I have not read all the documents, and like the everyone else, i do not know 1/4 of the true details.

    May I humbly submit to all concerned about this situation to allow as many facts possible to surface before making crude judgments. There are some questions to be answered before we do so. The prayer is, “Lord, purify every heart, clean every hand, cause us to bow our knees in true repentance, and bring about the ministry of reconciliation to Your broken Body.”

    Thanks so much!

  • Shocked

    I would like to say 2 things: 1) Dr. Mike and his wife are not perfect but they are a symbol to the body of christ regarding intergrity. Now regarding the story, there are so many holes in this story. it begs for real journalism and not some entity out to defame a good pastor. Secondly, think about if Dr. Peebles during her last days had enough wisdom to entrust her life’s work to the wisdom of someone she deemed as a mentee, that person (Dr. Freeman) must have something she wanted her son to have, or something she recognized was a deficit that he (at the time) could not over come. Statements like, (paraphase) “Dr. Mike wanted from the start” mght signal why Dr. Peebles entrusted Dr. Mike in the first place. Lastly, the bible cautions us to ensure we keep out mouthes off of the prophet, so report the story, but if you must, find out the truth and the truth shall make itself known.i

    • Shocked,
      Thanks for the posting.
      Now I would like to respond to your two things:
      1. I don’t think there are many holes in the story and I think that the members of Jericho City of Praise have put all the facts on the table. Now if you don’t want to take the time to view all the facts (i.e.- court documents, letters, depositions) then, yes you would feel like there are holes in the story. The information is there for your perusal.

      As far as defaming a good pastor, I don’t think that is the intent, however we cannot overlook the fact that depositions are revealing that Dr. Peeples was not of sound mind in her last days and that her son was NOT allowed to see his mother so, again I say it’s not about an intent to defame a good pastor, it is about Keeping it Real and putting the facts on the table for everyone to examine, Again, the facts (depositions, video tapes, personal accounts -not journalistic stories) lean towards Dr. Freeman being very much involved in the takeover, not defaming, just careful examination of the facts presented to date. I encourage you to take some time to view all the documents

      2. Yes the Bible does caution us with regard to the anointing, Psalms 105: “Do not touch my anointed ones; do my prophets no harm.”
      The first thing one should notice is that the word touch actually means physical harm. What it does not mean is saying something about another person publicly that is true.

      How do we know this? Because that’s exactly what David did about Saul. It was David who said he would not harm God’s anointed, who was King Saul at the time but He spoke out publicly about him.

      In1 Sam.16:13-16 we find David who was shepherd boy was anointed before God took away Saul’s position. David refused to touch Saul physically but it didn’t stop him from telling everyone the truth about him publicly. click here to read what the bible really means about the Touch not my annointing

      And speaking of anointing,
      The Bible tells us the whole body of Christ is, not just some certain people in the body. 2 Cor. 1:20-22 “Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee” So are you saying that only Dr. Freeman has the anointing and thereby the members of Jericho do not and should not speak out against him.

      Chile don’t get me started on scriptures, cause I can go there with you.

      Finally let us not forget, Shocked, that the Bible also cautions us against false prophets I believe its Matthew 7:15 “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves” I think in these days and times with so many black church scandals happening it is only right that the children of God should be cautious, very cautious about sheep in wolves clothing and I salute the members of Jericho City of Praise for their efforts in speaking in truth and love for their Pastor and Church.

      Again, thanks for posting and
      Bless You,

      • Shocked

        I appreciate the reponse, but believe that even without looking at the court documents, the story seems outlandish. If this story is even remotely true, we are to believe, a mega-church pastor was somehow held hostage from her son and was shepard away to an undisclosed location where is received medical treatment and the son not know about it. Futher, we are to believe that a woman toward the end of her days changed her will because “lavish gifts” were given to her. Hmmm, it seems quite pecuilar that alledgely the will stipulated that the son should folllow the teaching of Dr. Mike and attend biblical training also there. It also seems strange that Dr. Mike had the wherewithal to forsee Dr. Peebles passing and orchestrate such an elaborate scheme to gain a mega-church when he already has one.. Lastly, a note on journalism, Thre reason why I question your seemingly subjective coverage of this issue is that you give valauable scriptures in your rebuttal to me. That’s great but your assumption that I am a member or affliated with Dr, Mike, gives rise to the flawed approach you presented in your story about this event. There are obvious holes in this story. Yet I digress, the outcome is the envitable occurence of the truth which can’t be maniputlated and or jaded. It is there that we find the purest of journalism and that’s the story I would like told.

      • Shocked,
        I don’t think that I ever mentioned that you were a member or affilated with Dr. Mike in my reply, but since you brought it up, are you?
        Further, I clearly state that I am not a journalist nor do I proclaim to be one, my goal is to bring news issues such as jericho city of praise mega church to my readers with the intent for journalist to pick the story up and take it mainstream (as what has happened in this case)
        This is a blog, not a online newspaper. we report the real deal and believe it or not, journalist come to my blog to gain information to report about. So, I am sure that you can or will be able to find what you are looking for as now news stations are investigating and creating videos. It is going mainstream, with the help of little old blogs like mine did for Travon Martin.

        This site is where you will get the REAL DEAL, Shocked, and many times, before it even hits the mainstream media.

        Again,

        I encourage you to read all the docuemnts
        Bless you,

      • Dee

        Shocked? I am not sure why but this was not made up but the unelected BOARD they are the ones who criminalized Freeman under Oath. Freeman was there in the court house for WHAT? moral support right!

    • Concerned member

      I hope everyone is aware that Pastor Mike is NOT a DR. He has a fake degree from an unaccredited place.. Look it up.. http://www.ficu.edu/alumni/freeman.htm

      He along with tons of others are adding titles that mean nothing.. Disgraceful!!

    • NONYA

      LOLLLLLLLLLLLLL REALLY NOW, WAKE UP

  • Lorri

    Thank you Churchlady for keeping those of us who are still family of COP but have moved from the DMV informed about the attack on our home. We stand with our family united against the devil and declaring Victory for our Church, our Pastor (Joel) and our Apostle. Weeping may endure for the night but Joy comes in the morning! We know what Bishop and Apostle had taught us and we will stand on the word. God will cut down the evil six and the master mind demon will be fully exposed and laid low !

  • Deidra Arnold

    aThis is a ugly look for the world to see, a worldly person was talking today and said “thats why I don’t go to church look at them two churches fighting over money, If broke my heart because yes I am a member of Jericho, I didn’t say a word, because for what,it is a ugly look and for the worldly people to look at it all it’s doing is turning the ones that may have come it’s turning them away, I’m so sorry that is happening God knows it hurt, I’m not going to say anything that’s wrong because no matter what I feel God will get the last say so in this matter, what i am going to say is that it’s in the bible we don’t sue one another , we should talk it over, my God will get the glory from this. Do you think that someone will leave there child NOTHING, PLEASE REALLY THINK ABOUT IT. I don’t think so, I would be so affraid to take something from someone, or in any matter did wrong by someone who was sick, all the money in the world couldn’t make me do it, i Iove the Lord too much and I fear Him. I couldn’t be the one behind any of this. Everything should be left to Pastor Joel, that’s just like if anything were to happen to anyone and they had kids, things would be left to there children. God I pray that you will touch the hands of all people that stand in wrong and right doing Lord, you are the only one that can fix this, please Lord let you will be done, as you see fit Lord, touch all Lord, the hurt, the ones that’s know the truth, the ones that don’t care, the one that do care, touch all hearts Lord and bring all together as brother and sister Lord, Satan get thy behind us all Lord, Lord I thank you Lord, for still being able to give a word Lord, Lord I thank you sweet Jesus, thank you, I will bless your holy name Lord, you said in your word that you are the I AM THAT I AM, that You can do all things, Lord make your way in this place,you said when two or more come together in pray that if must come to pass, I speak it done, I SPEAK IT DONE LORD.

    • Sister in Christ

      I am so sad that this is happening for this church BUT GOD is faithful to perform His Word. I don’t even live in your state and had never even heard of your church until visiting this website last year. Yet my heart hurts for you all. About 20 yrs ago my church went through a very similar situation….it hurts, it’s confusing, overwhelming and tragic that Christians could behave this way. That pain almost consumed me because I’d been at this church since I was born. Families were literally torn apart! Trust God through it all, lean on Him, tell Him how much it hurts and certainly cry if you need to. Show the love of Christ to all even to those who are allowing the enemy to use them. God still loves them too. If the saints of God would humble themselves , pray and seek Gods face He will heal not only your hearts but our land. The enemy wants to kill steal and destroy but we are more than conquerors in Christ Jesus! Be encouraged

      • Sister in Christ,
        Thanks so much for your words of encouragement to the Jericho City of Praise Church family and your continued support of thechurchladyblogs.com

  • This Post is from my Fingers …..
    And the Devil’s work continues …
    Now I have been in TV Productions for 20 yrs. wrote scripts , treatments for story lines but never would I have been able to come up with this…..
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    BEWARE this going to be DEEP Reading…..
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    After seeing the look on Mike Freeman’s FACE on Monday
    04.16.12 at the PG Court House in wake of his 2nd Defeated Mission to Destroy the Peebles Legacy….
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    He was there to find out what happen , WE LOST , I payed the JUDGE off , what you mean we lost….. Where is that LAWYER. I need some answers … I will have a conference with the Flock for our next steps…… WHAT DO YOU MEAN WE LOST…….
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    I have been a part of the Joel Ylawnda Peebles since 1996 to present under the James R Peebles Sr. Family Legacy
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    Now let it be know that when I post and many of you have read my posts I stand by it or I will not Post it….
    with that being said , let me begin…..
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    I,m Calling out Mike Freeman [ WHY ]
    Well with PG Being a Corrupted Sister of DC its starts with it History of Corruption… Greed , Dirty Police , Horrific Judges .
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    [ Now we have the Jack Johnson ‘s & Wife who just blew us away with their greed for power even while in office to the end money was the root and how he use is WIFE and now where are they because of the greed….
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    Now we have the Freeman’s [ Mike & Dee Dee ]
    Now Rem I said I could not write a better Plot Line….
    well here is my SUMMARY TREATMENT…..
    of the Freeman Takeover of JCOP…..
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    When Freeman would frequent the Pulpit when Mom was alive he had this I wanna be your Son so bad Spirit that you could feel it from the Choir stand in which I was a Member.
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    THE FREEMAN TAKEOVER Corruption in the Ministry……
    Story Line [ Treatment ]
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    1. Use your WIFE to make this Happen wont work without her
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    2. We all know she use her FAKE NAME to Hide Betty Peebles
    in a Community Hospital [ where money is all that matters
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    3. We Know that while Pastor Joel was looking for His Mom
    the sinister plot was on Hide Her so she would think no 1
    care about her but DEAR old Michael FREEMAN…. SO He
    sat by MAMA daily pretended to be PASTOR JOEL……
    Daily at the Hospital in which they HID her…. THIS is
    in TESTIMONY of several UNELECTED BOARD MEMBERS..
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    4. Now with this in Place comes the FLOCK needed to carry out this MISSION not IMPOSSIBLE……
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    The Cityof Praise Church Employees of the UNELECTED BOARD and the PEOPLE close to MOM that would be effected by her DEATH the most and would like to cash in…..
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    But you had to be on BOARD with the CHAIRMAN Freeman and WIFE…..
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    5. I read BETTY PEEBLES Last Will got MIDWAY Cried….
    Seeing Corruption soon as I saw MICHAEL FREEMAN
    name was embedded in it …. NEVER READ IT TO THE END
    Knew something was not right……
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    In Closing
    They FREEMAN”s Finale

    1. They Hid Betty Peebles from Her Family.
    2. They Killed Her Spirit….. [
    3. They Changed Her Will ……… YEA they FORGED it….
    4. They Got the House and other Personal Property….
    5. They want her Church Building …….
    6. They got the Corrupted Flock on Board………
    7. They Paid for the Hospital and use ALIAS Names to Hide.
    8. They helped the Unelected Board Construct False Documents….
    9. They Constructed this Hostile take over of the Peebles Legacy…….
    10. They KILLED HER with the Help of other Church Employees……

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    Now when I started this I refer to the Jack Johnson Episode.
    well they the FREEMAN’s have open the new Chapter……

    They FREEMAN will benefit like never seen before for their roles in this in this They will know through greed and corruption , They will pay the Ultimate Price……….

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    From Deuteronomy 31:25-29 ESV

    Behold, even today while I am yet alive with you, you have been rebellious against the Lord. How much more after my death! Assemble to me all the elders of your tribes and your officers, that I may speak these words in their ears and call heaven and earth to witness against them. For I know that after my death you will surely act corruptly and turn aside from the way that I have commanded you. And in the days to come evil will befall you, because you will do what is evil in the sight of the Lord, provoking him to anger through the work of your hands.”

  • Dee

    The Satan Six will need much prayer. I will continue to support Pastor Joel even after my membership is revoked, I have been a member of the Ciy of Praise for over 15 yrs and there was never this kind of drama. Pastor Joel performed my wedding, all of my kids were brought up in the City. I would like to know where are the financial records. We have given our tithes and as I rode pass Jericho on Thursday, I see that Clarence Jackson had an entourage of police. Can you imagine the cost to have 24 hr police detail. When you come from under the covering of the Almighty ole Clarence then you need to have mans protection(police) I was amazed! I called the attorney Marks who established his own practice on our tithes to show us records his secretary relayed my message, Im still waiting. This Satan SIx has never spoke to the members concerning their vision, They dont have one! SatanSix just roam to and fro seeking whom they may devour they wont even attend the service. Where are they getting their Word oh from Clarence Jackson who only comes in the service to collect the newcomers tithes. I see the disappointment on his face as the envelopes dwindle Too bad ole Clarence!. I am not surprised by any of their tactics expect for Denise Killen, she had me fooled for a little while but the scheme is up Killen! Stealin Killen and Destroyin who is that none but the Father of Lies, Satan’s Six. Lord have Mercy on them wow coming up against a true man of God, The Bishop and Apostle WOW when you come up against God’s children you come up against God Lord have mercy! Pray COP wow I almost hurt for them. I also called Mike Freemans church to ask if he will preach at JCOP on Sunday, the secretary became outraged and stated “WHAT? WHY WOULD HE DO THAT? LOL oh yeah why would he do that when he never preached at JCOP before. Or was she filling a little gulit of what she knew. He may not preach there on Sunday, I will be there praying and binding and praising God at 8am and then going to hear my Pastor preach at 10am. Give him time and it will tell. Freeman you need to be free MAN!!! Praying for you too!

  • Brenette

    You clearly don’t know what you are talking about. You need to get your facts straight before you come out here and say something that is not the truth.

    • Brenette,
      First let me thank you for visiting the Church Lady Blogs,

      Second, if your message was directed to me, know that I clearly marked allegedly and that’s why the post was placed as a question?

      Third, if it is not true as you stated, then when the new pastor of Jericho City of Praise is called by the Board and Mike Freeman appeares to have had nothing to do with it and I mean nothing, than the truth will be revealed and you will get the pleasure of coming back to the blog and telling everybody you told us so!

      But as of right now people can only go on what they heard and saw. A video tape does not lie, written sworn depositions don not lie. And too many people are now coming foward with information that indicate that Dr. Mike Freeman is and has been clearly involved in this take over. Further, we do know that his name was mentioned by the police officer at the time that Pastor Joel Peeples was being escorted from his church, we do know that to be true, do we not?

      Fourth, If you have FACTS that can back up the as you put it wrong allegations, this is the site to post them, cause at TheChurchladyBlogs, everybody voice is heard and point taking.
      Bless you Chile,

      • Natalee

        The depositions from May 2011 have Dr.Freeman’s name all over them….it’s ashame. In the video posted on 4/18 Joel was very surprised to hear Freeman’s name mentioned!

  • Dee

    NOTA -She is not a Christian and hating on pastor Joel and 1st Lady Ylawnda!

  • Elaine

    I have several comments. First, if you read the court documents you will see that none of the accusations are true. Pastor Joel never lost a house, he did not mismanage money and these rumors were put out by these employees and their lawyer to try and discredit him. Michael and Dee Dee Freeman spent time with Apostle, showered her with expensive gifts and became the power attorney for Apostle and the personal representative for her will and trust. Freeman introduced her to the lawyers who prepared her will, and Isaac Marks the one who prepared numerous documents, shut down the school and is representing the unelected board against the congregation, and against Pastor Joel and Chairman Meadows, and is representing Freeman in the will that Pastor Joel has contested. Pastor Joel had always had her power of attorney and was her personal representative and was not aware that it had been changed. This new complex will was written in Nov. 09 the same month that she went into the hospital and stayed for 3 months then was placed in a nursing home for 6 weeks. If Apostle was in her full mind and signing documents why did Michael Freeman exercise a medical directive and direct her care. A medical directive allows someone to make decisions for you when you are unable to make decisions for yourself. Someone is not telling the truth. If she was competent then they should not have exercised the medical directive. If she was not competent then the board should not have had her signing documents. The church is in the Washington metro area. He put her in a community hospital in Baltimore under his wife’s maiden name Wooton. His niece is a doctor on staff at the hospital (Denise Killen’s deposition). He later moved her to a nursing home also in Baltimore under this alias. He never told Pastor Joel that his mother was hospitalized, had several major surgeries and was in the ICU for 5 weeks.Stu Killen the husband of a rogue board member (church secretary) told several members that his wife and the board had meetings with Michael Freeman to sell the church to him because ” they are a dynamic couple and need a larger church.” Michael Freeman told his church during a television message that after Apostle died he got a call telling him that he had been named as a trustee over jericho in PG county. Just last week on his televised message he said that the Lord had given them the largest “ministry, church, santuary on the east coast.” Jericho is a non profit Apostle did not own it. She did not mention the church in her will. The only way for Mike freeman to get the church is for the trustees to sell/give it to him. They hold the deed to the church. They are listed in the will that Freeman oversees. Mike Freeman came out of the court house on Monday after the court case that Pastor Joel won against the board. The police officers said that they were directed by Mike Freeman not to let Pastor Joel take anything out of his office. Pastor Joel made a offer to buy his mother’s house at market value and Michael Freeman the executor of the estate would not sell his mother’s house to him.

  • NotaChristiannolonger

    I don’t believe any of this. I am a former member of Jericho as well as a former christian. I believe that the Apostle did give the board the run of the church because of the irresponsible spending of Joel Peebles, Sr. it is rumors that Ylawnda was also cited for writing bad checks. What people are overlooking is that Joel lost his homes once and almost again due to bad management of money but his followers refuse to acknowledge that.It’s really ashamed that what Bishop James and Apostle Betty Peebles built will now crumble because most of the member are blind to see that. Joel’s followers are non other than opportunist looking past the truth. Apostle was of full mind when she changed her will. This is sad and annoying that people are to brainwashed and ignorant to see that.

    • Nota,
      Let me ask you a question, what’s up with the former christian?

      • Damita

        CHURCH LADY THANK YOU SO MUCH THIS WOULD NOT REACHED A LOT OF PEOPLE WITH OUT YOU. FAR AS THE SO CALLED FORMER MEMBER SHE JUST BUMPED HER HEAD…

    • LOVE

      How can you TALK!!!!! Former member of Jericho as well as a Former CHRISTIAN!!!!!!

    • Damita

      Ms, Elaine Thank U SOOOO MUCH….. Can you please post this to 104.1 as well they have a spot for comments in reference to Hostle Takeover. To the ignorant person who claimed Joel lost his home…SORRY That never happened sweetie. I’m wondering were you day dreaming if you did attend Jericho ….Must have been a pew member with a hangover..Because I have been a member as well as her personal nail technician and when I sat at her feet she cherished her CHILDREN dont get it twisted like the ROUGUE 6 HER BIOLOGICAL CHILDREN and would have never given anything to MIKE over her only surviving SON. When the swelling goes down from your head because you bumped it…THEN COMMENT.Joel never lost his home Check the books out sweetie…Is Mike paying you too like 6 RoGUE board.. AGAIN THANKS ELAINE….

      • Crystal

        Former-christian person, you might want to check facts here, what mother would leave everything she own, that was built on the back of her family to people that are not even her blood. Joel is her only son left. She also have grand kids, what about them? This is a thief that came in the night and tried to steal everything this family had worked for . What we are not seeing is who was Apostle Betty Peebles, she was a great woman of God, a business woman, who massed a fortune. You need to know that you know. Mike Freeman has never ministered at Jericho, never was invitied to ministered there,why?He tried to give expensive gifts to worm his way in? If you ever knew the Apostle you would know that this is a hostle takeover, built on lies. And, God will see it revealed in the light. All who is and was involve will be exposed. Real soon, Thus say’s the Lord Almighty.

        Amen!

      • Crystal,
        You are so correct, what is done in the dark will come to light!
        The real question is what is Saints willing to do about it and who will stand with Pastor Joel Peeples when the chosen one arrives.

      • Crystal

        Pastor Joel, can count on the my family for support. We must not and should not allow this type of behaviour to go on. We as Christian need to stand together and demand justice, from our Spiritual leaders and alike. God is a God of Justice and Order. We should not allow fear to overshadow truth. If we are to please God then we are to walk by faith, to please satan is fear. I command the spirit of fear to be cast out and that faith of all the body of Christ to come together and in one agreement , so that the truth will be revealed now! Thus say’s the Lord!!!!!!!

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