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in toll c i t y in a en Virginia-William were: 19 a x t o n Belpre, his on Parkersburg. he riding 60 at was on of the second trial. Pastor Ousted In Macon, Ca. Minister Backs Integration, Dismissed By Baptist Church M.ACON, Ga. (UPI)--A Baptist Baptist congregation fired its pastor and two of his assistants Sunday for advocating opening church services to Negroes. At the same time, the church refused admittance to an African student who had been converted to Christianity by Southern Baptist missionaries. 'I have committed the unpardonable sin of a Southern minister preaching integration in a Southern town," the Rev. Dr. Thomas J. Holmes said of his dismissal by vote of the congregation. Turned Away Students While the vote was being taken, deacons of the Tatnall Square Church turned away Sam Jerry Oni, a Nigerian _ who came to Baptist-oriented Mercei University here in 1963 despite "the situation" in the South. Oni, who was detained in a police car for about an hour, said the experience nearly shattered his faith. Fired from the church staff were Dr. Holmes, the Rev. Douglas Johnson, the assistant pastor, and Jack minister of music. W. Jones, 'open door" policy in the church. 'My faith has almost been shattered," said Oni, 25. But he vowed he would try again next Sunday to attend services at the church located on the Mercer campus. The church is not university affiliated. Held Vote The church's board of deacons deacons in July voted to dismiss the three clergymen for admit ing Negro college students at June 26 services. The students were part of an upward bound program, which gives excep- ional low-income high school students college training during lie summer. The general membership voted 259 to 189 Sunday to dismiss the three, according to Jerry E. Rodgers^ chairman of the deacons. "It has been a test of my faith in a sense, but it has been a strengthening of my faith," the Rev. Dr. Holmes said. "This has shown me the importance o! preaching the truth. "I don't want to belittle my church," he added. "There are many good people in the church who honestly believe they art right."

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  1. The Raleigh Register,
  2. 26 Sep 1966, Mon,
  3. Page 1

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