Hearing set for Thursday in eviction dispute between Celebration Church and founding pastors

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JACKSONVILLE, Florida. – The ongoing legal saga between a Jacksonville megachurch and its founders continues.

Celebration Church, one of the largest in the city, served Stovall and Kerri Weems with three eviction notices.

The former pastors, who founded the church in 1998, say they have the right to live in the home at the center of this fight until they die.

Stovall and Kerri Weems (wjxt)

Church lawyers have been trying to get the couple to move since May.

The Weems maintain the house in the Black Hammock Island area was a nursing home and was never intended to be a church rectory, even though the church purchased it from the couple last year.

Stovall Weems resigned from all church positions in April amid a bitter public legal battle that includes accusations of financial misconduct and spiritual abuse.

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The Weems deny the allegations and filed a defamation lawsuit against the church after the release of an internal investigative report.

Former pastors say church and administrators created ‘nefarious coup’ to banish them from church and accuse church of taking ‘bigoted’ stance on membership issue church while saying the church violated their religious freedom rights.

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The Weems filed an injunction against the church earlier this year and have since started a new ministry.

Celebration Church is seeking up to $30,000 in damages and says it has the right to rent from April 15 to when the Weems move out of the house in question.

A hearing is scheduled for 11:15 a.m. Thursday in Duval County Court to deal with the eviction issue.

Celebration Church has been under new leadership since 2021. Pastor Tim Timberlake was installed to succeed Weems so Weems can focus on missions and other initiatives, prior to Weems’ suspension and eventual resignation.

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