April 21, 2011
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Court testimony revealed Tuesday that a charitable foundation with the Stone Mountain Baptist Association turned down the opportunity to receive all the Mt. Zion Baptist Church property, paving the way for another individual with ties to the SMBA to accept the conveyance.
Testimony wrapped up Tuesday in the lawsuit pitting members of a local church against each other, but not before the judge admonished all parties to consider the fruits of sowing disunity among believers.
COVINGTON -- Control of Mount Zion Baptist Church has been a long-running battle in the church's history, based on testimony heard this week during a bench trial before Newton County Superior Court Judge Samuel Ozburn.
COVINGTON -- After two full days of testimony, the trial involving Mount Zion Baptist Church will take a three-week break. Newton County Superior Court Judge Samuel Ozburn said the case will resume at 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 17.
COVINGTON -- Preserving its place as a Southern Baptist church was the driving force behind Clayton Dial's decision to give away all the property and assets of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, according to testimony given Tuesday in Newton County Superior Court.
COVINGTON -- Who is a member of the church and how does one become a member of the church? The answer to these questions could be a crucial issue in deciding the future of Mount Zion Baptist Church in Oxford.
The congregation of a nearly 200-year-old Newton County church has instituted a lawsuit to prevent the church and property from being given away.