ChurchLady Blogs Exclusive: Jericho City of Praise Excommunicated Members file lawsuit, establish Legal Defense Fund & Pastor Joel Peeples ministry moves to larger location

"Pastor Joel Peeples and wife Yolanda"

"Pastor Joel Peeples and wife Yolanda"
As you know the Church Lady has been following and keeping you updated on the saga surrounding Jericho City of praise. Well a trusted source contacted thechurchladyblogs to reveal that several Members who were excommunicated from the once Maryland mega church,  Jericho City of Praise, Roderick Chavez, Barbara Jackson, Trenillo Walters, Charlise  Logan  and Bessie Ashworth have filed a lawsuit against the church and its purported official Board of Trustees, Gloria McClam-Magruder, Clifford Boswell, Denise Killen, Dorothy Williams, Clarence Jackson, and Linda Pyles (collectively the Board) click here to read complaint

Basically, the members who the Board allegedly terminated their membership after they began to demand to see accounting records of Jericho City of Praise.  The Plaintiffs,  who does not acknowledge the  excommunication letter, continues demand and be denied access to those records.

As a result, those members filed a lawsuit in March 2012, (see complaints). They have also set up a legal defense fund and seeking donations to help pay the lawyers.

The first case is to enforce the rights of the congregation to have access to all of the financial records of the Church under Maryland law. The complaint is to order Clarence Jackson, Gloria McGruder, Clifford Boswell, Lynda Pyles, Dorothy Williams and Denise Killen to comply. The summary of the first case and the documents are available for viewing here. The second case has also been filed and all of the named defendants have been served.


Many ask what is the membership like now that the Trustees have terminated Joel Peeples and attempted to excommunicate long-standing members. Well here is a look at Jericho City of Praise after the ousting of Pastor Joel Peeples:

Here is the alleged commercial promoting Jericho City of Praise

And here is a look at City of Praise under the leadership of Joel Peeples now:

By the way this is the second home of City of Praise since the Trustees of Jericho City of Praise ousted their pastor and the people. Pastor Joel and his sheep were obedient to God and started over by having church in a hotel and once that building became too small, God has blessed them to be able to worship in a larger location, won’t you join them at 10:00 a.m. Sundays at
Eleanor Roosevelt HS
7601 Hanover Parkway
Greenbelt, MD 20770

Here is the commercial promoting Pastor Joel’s message

I plan to post my take on this but I would love to hear yours?

To view legal documents and to donate to the legal defense fund, click here