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Oni 7 - pastor and two of his assistants !, , , Sunda y...
pastor and two of his assistants !, , , Sunda y for advocating opening Church Ousts Pastor For Advocating Integration MACON, Ga. (UPI)-A Baptist Baptist congregation fired its 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. Tnomas J. Holmes said of his dismissal by vote of the congregation. While the vote was being taken, deacons of the Tatnall Square Church turned away Sam Jerry Oni, a Niegerian who came to Baptist-oriented 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 W. Jones, minister of music. All three have advocated an "open door" policy in foe church. "My faith has almost been shattered," said Oni, 25. But he ting Negro college students at June 26 services. The students were part of an upward bound program, which gives exceptional exceptional low-income high school students college training during the summer. Hie 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 also been a strengthening of my faith," the Rev. Dr. Holmes vowed he would try again next said. "This has shown me the Sunday to attend services at importance of preaching th* the church located on th® located Mercer campus. The church is not university affiliated. The church's board of deacons deacons in July voted to dismiss truth. "I don't want to belittle my church," he added. * There are many good people in the church *-ho honestl believe the ire Mercer University here in 1963 the three clergymen for admit- right."

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  1. Xenia Daily Gazette,
  2. 26 Sep 1966, Mon,
  3. Page 15

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