Accusations of manipulation, angry members, and rumbling about deceit and strong-arming are swirling around the the unofficial announcement that Paula White is taking over for the late Pastor Zachery Tims as Senior Pastor of New Destiny Christian Center. Back in September when EEW Magazine reported that the Without Walls Senior Pastor had been named interim pastor, a ministry insider quickly shot down the claims. But now, after a tweet by Award-winning producer, Kevin Bond, touched off a firestorm of controversy, according the Christian Post, it looks like White is a shoe-in for the position at NDCC. But plenty of people are up in arms about it.
CP says, "Those who noticed Bond's congratulatory tweet to the Without Walls International Church leader expressed confusion, surprise and dismay with NDCC's alleged pick as its new senior pastor."
Since that time, Bishop Ira V. Hilliard, a Texas megapastor who frequently ministers at T.D. Jakes' conferences, resigned his position from the bishop's council responsible for choosing and appointing the new pastor.
Apparently, those who selected White circumvented protocols and ruffled more than a few feathers in the process. "My commitment to integrity will not allow me to support something that I believe is deception and that compromises previously agreed upon procedures and protocol," said Bishop Hilliard in a video message.
After all the controversy that has surrounded Tims' death amid speculation that he had cocaine on his person when he was found deceased in a New York City hotel, EEW editors hate to hear of all the drama surrounding the selection of a new leader to fill his shoes.
Our prayers are with the New Destiny family.
The official announcement is scheduled to be made on New Year's Day.