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North Carolina Pastor Loses Job After Attending Rick Ross Concert


A young pastor in North Carolina, approaching his fourth year on the job, is back on the market after he was fired last weekend by his church for attending a Rick Ross concert.

The news was first broken by AmericaPreachers.com and picked up by several outlets.

26-year-old pastor Rodney Wills was the pastor of the Mt. Salem Baptist Church. Wills managed to nail two milestones in his post in being not only the youngest pastor in the church’s 100 year-plus history, but also having the shortest time on the job. Wills was voted out by church deacons 11 to 3 over the weekend after it was discovered he attended a Rick Ross concert.

Willis was blindsided by the firing, this after arriving to the church for service and seeing his parking sign and name removed from his office door. The deacons had a minister from another church community lead the services for this past Sunday (August 4). In a statement to AmericanPreachers.com, a deacon spoke about the reasons behind the firing.

“We know that many saints will have mixed opinions from our actions, but this is not how we do things here at Mt. Salem. We cannot have a pastor praising the world one minute then praising the Lord the next. Period,” said Deacon Miles Langley.

Wills has been in this position before just nine months prior.

The pastor was spotted by church attendees at a Lil Wayne concert and met with the deacon board then to secure his job. This latest instance, however, was the last straw. The church said it will employ guest ministers in the meantime until they find a replacement for Willis.

Can a pastor lead a church and still be a fan of Hip-Hop? Let us know in the comments.

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  • shawna

    Yes! All hip hop music dont praise the lyrics or the artists. I myself am a fan of hip hop music but the vulgarity of thr lyrics and the persona of these artists almost turns me off of hiphop. But i love the music. The cleverness (if thats a word) of the lyrics(vulgar or not) and the meaning behind most songs speak more than just rapping about women money and drugs. Hip hop has taken a downfall in the past years but its still hiphop. And i would bet my last dollar to say that im sure every once in a while that one of those 11 deacons doesnt shy away from jammin to a lil wayne song on the road.