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.
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