Judge declines to halt installation of new pastor at Riverside Church

Anger over compensation package
A New York judge has denied a request by a group of parishioners at the landmark Riverside Church to postpone the installation of the church’s new senior pastor because of anger over his compensation package, reported to be worth more than $600,000.

Manhattan Supreme Court judge Lewis Bart Stone on April 21 denied a request that the installation of Brad Braxton, set for April 26, be delayed.

Stone said he would not take up the case again until after the members of the congregation held a May 3 meeting on the issue of the church’s leadership. The judge said different factions of the church need to find “some form of fellowship and reconciliation” in order to resolve what some members say is a serious split among the congregants.

 

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