January 6, 2020
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Relentless Church, lead by Popular pastor John Gray was served with a complaint and application for ejectment by the property’s owner, Redemption Church. The complaint states that in addition to failing to make the required lease payments, Relentless Church also failed to vacate the property after a thirty-day notice was given.
The Pastor and reality TV star released a statement in response to the lawsuit:
“We will address this matter through the appropriate legal channels. We stand behind our original statement and are confident that the payment amounts required under the leases referenced in the complaint have and will continue to be paid. Our efforts at mediation and with wise counsel to present every detail absent of legal have proven fruitless on their end multiple times.”
“To the Relentless Church family please note, we have dealt honorably and have utilized every possible measure to resolve these differences to date. We will continue to serve the Lord, reach the lost, and serve the community. This unfortunate issue will not hinder the vision, work, functionality, or heart of this church.”
On the contrary, a representative from Redemption Church made the following statement:
“Redemption is unable to continue to absorb the mounting debts and past due accounts associated with the Greenville property during Relentless’ tenancy and therefore has no other option but to seek to regain possession of the property sooner rather than later.”
The Greenville South Carolina campus, housing the megachurch’s campus and auxiliary buildings, is owned by Redemption Church, led by Pastors Ron and Hope Carpenter. They handed over the keys and leased the building to John Gray and his wife Aventer Gray in early 2018.
When talk of an eviction first began Pastor Gray announced to his congregation that the church would be moving to a new home in 2020. He mentioned that the exact location would be revealed during the NYE service, though no such announcement was made.
The 46-year-old Pastor is no stranger to controversy. He faced major backlash in August of 2018 for his support of Donald Trump.
Later that year In December, Gray was accused of using church funds to purchase his wife a $200,000 car and just a month later in January of 2019, the-father-of-two admitted to infidelity and having suicidal thoughts, to which Bishop T.D. Jakes laid hands on and prayed for him.
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