Final eviction notice served on John Gray’s Relentless Church
By Bianca Smith
January 7, 2020
The former pastors at John Gray’s Relentless Church have served the celebrity pastor with a final eviction notice.
Ron and Hope Carpenter, who moved to California and now pastor Redemption Church, which sounds oddly like their last church, handed the church – and its debts – to Gray. They claim he hasn’t kept up the payments, hence the news that the church has to be out of the building within 10 days.
The Carpenters state Gray broke the
agreement, so they want their property back.
The filing asks for a hearing within 10
days and for the court to require Relentless to show why it shouldn’t be
ejected from the property. According to reports, it asks for a judge to declare
Relentless in default and that Relentless has no right to remain on the
Gray claims the church is up to date on all of its bills. A staff member has also quit over the ongoing saga.
Ironically, his elders all spoke from the stage last Sunday, while their senior pastor was missing. He did, however, share a message via video, stating, “We have paid what we owe, according to our agreement, and everything is going to be shared at the right time trough the proper legal channels. But until then, we, the Relentless Church, will continue to have service and we will maintain the moral ground.”
The founders and pastors of Relentless
Church, the Carpenters, handed their Greenville megachurch, was founded in the
1990s, to Gray in May 2018. The Carpenters headed to Jubilee Christian Center
in San Jose, California, now named Redemption.
Gray was reportedly given full control of the assets, the vision and the future of the ministry – as well as the debts. Gray engaged law firm McGowan, Hood and Felder, LLC to act on his behalf. The law firm issued a letter to the Carpenter’s solicitor, dated December 5, 2019.
Gray’s lawyers dispute that the church is
behind on its rent or other bills, and has issued a cease and desist due to
defamatory comments made against the Grays.
Pastor John Gray, who was a senior pastor
at Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church before leaving to take over Relentless, caused
a sensation when he took to social media to announce he had bought his wife a
$200,000 Lamborghini as an anniversary present.