Caught on Video: Parishioners Brawl at Church Over Pastor’s Dismissal
(WLOS ABC 13 News) - A mountain church congregation takes a political dispute outside, fighting in the parking lot of their Fletcher church. Greater New Zion Baptist is located on Highway 25 South, right across the road from Smiley's Flea Market. Members are at odds over the recent dismissal of Pastor LeVonia Ray. Some wanted a vote to decide whether to reinstate the Reverend Ray. Pastor Ray says the congregation has a right to vote, and he hopes for healing. Some members say healing can't begin until Ray leaves. A discussion about that led to a brawl, with more than 20 Henderson County Deputies and Fletcher Police responding to stop the violence. So far, no arrests have been made.