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Church; ex-felon pastor locked in struggle over missing funds

ericslackIf things do not change, there will be no merry Christmas for members of the Davis Memorial COGIC in Grand Rapids, MI. The church is currently shut down and embroiled in a power struggle with its commuter pastor, installed just three years ago by Bishop PA Brooks.

Church officials contend that Brooks failed to inform them of Elder Eric Slack’s previous criminal background including the fact that Slack was permanently disbarred as an attorney in Ohio for multiple felonies.

Slack of Toledo, OH, according to court records, is a convicted felon who spent 4 years in prison for “thefts from two estates and two guardianship accounts he controlled.”

Slack’s bio says that “Since 1992, Elder Slack has served as Parliamentarian of The General Assembly of The Church Of God in Christ, Inc. and General Counsel of the General Assembly. He served under the late Bishop L.H. Ford, Bishop Chandler D. Owens and Bishop, G. E. Patterson and the current Presiding Bishop, Charles E. Blake. In 2003, Elder Slack was appointed by the General Board to work as a Special Assistant in the coordination of the Constitutional Convention of the Church of God in Christ in St. Louis, MO.”

As the conflict widened, the police were called in  and local media began reporting the story [with video] due to Slack’s profile as a disbarred lawyer. The church alleges that Slack is back to his criminal ways and they want him out before they are left with no money.

The church alleges that since Bishop Brooks installed him as pastor of Davis Memorial, Slack has discontinued paper bank davidmemlstatements, registered an online banking account, spent $13,000 without authorization and racked up $6,000 in bank overdraft charges. Typical of local COGIC churches seeking crisis intervention from the bishop, none came. Letters and calls to Brooks and Michigan SW 2nd jurisdictional officials went unanswered. The silence of their leaders forced the church board to file a police report and launch a criminal investigation. Subsequently, Slack was removed from office pending outcome of the ongoing investigation.

RCA discovered that SW Michigan Bishop Earl Wright and an entourage went to the church in an attempt to reinstall Slack. But that meeting ended with open threats and violence prompting police to forcibly disband the meeting. A handwritten sign on the church door reads  “Church is cancelled until further notice per board of trustees.”

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  1. December 13, 2013 at 2:45 am

    I just recently heard about the allegations involving Pastor Eric Slack. If these allegations are deemed to be true, my friend, at what point when does enough becomes enough?

  2. December 16, 2013 at 1:29 am

    So true.When does enough become enough for God’s people…….Someone must speak up for the little people who just want to give God praise and not have to worry about fighting for their Church

  3. December 17, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    @ when4321, evidently enough is not enough because COGIC continues to engage in a corrupt pattern of misdeeds and malfeasance. It does not matter at what level of corruption; it reaches all the way to the top. It will only take the congregation of all churches to hold the feet of leadership to the flame of fire. Hold your breath on that one.

  4. December 23, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    A qualified person should oversee funds as a check and balance. Most of this money should go to building the community or the consumers or consumers as well as upkeep. No one person should own the church. It’s like if I invest my offerings, it must be for the benefit of the parishioners , right otherwise you need to pay taxes, like any legal charity would. Unless we are talking ALEC; who pays no 0 taxes under 5013c.

  5. December 25, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    @ussstaxpayer, the late Bishop Chandler Owens stated openly that the pastor should have access and control of the church finances to do with as they please. How about that for checks and balance?

    • December 26, 2013 at 1:16 am

      Youre right anticogic, a lot of this behavior is being practiced by higher ups who havent been caught yet.

  6. December 29, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    @cogicology, the higher ups have not been caught because they themselves are involved in various types of corruption and immoral acts. One cannot expect a wolf to guard the hen house without taking advantage of what lies inside.

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