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But earlier this month, Prince abandoned any efforts at reinstatement after reaching a six figure settlement with the church that bars him from trying to return.
far as Rev. Prince is concerned, his attorney Andrew J. Levin said last week, Zion offers him a six figure settlement, it validates his contention that they breached his employment contract. number one goal was to remain as pastor of Zion. But the judge precluded him from doing that.
Ronald Harper, the chair of Zion board of trustees, said the March 6 settlement for an undisclosed amount does not represent an admission of wrongdoing.
was a settlement, so neither party was found right or wrong, Harper said. not supposed to be talking about a settled case. But on behalf of the board of trustees, we are very happy to move on so that the church can begin to seek a new pastor.
Prince, 58, joined Zion in January 2012. When he arrived, he was known as Rev. A. Carl Prince. He began calling himself Adolphus C. Prince after news of his dismissal from Zion made headlines across the country.
Prince arrived in Philadelphia after a stormy relationship with his former church in Virginia. Not long after his arrival at the North Philadelphia church made famous by the late Rev. Leon H. Sullivan, the iconic civil rights and international human rights leader who led Zion for 38 years Prince had a falling out with members of his new church, who voted to terminate him first in March 2014, and again in July 2014 and January 2016 .
Prior to the second vote to dismiss Prince, a deacons’ letter recommending his firing included allegations that the pastor had behaved like a “dictator,” closed off three church offices for his exclusive use, and had spent large sums to renovate his main office.
The critics also said he engineered changing the name of the Zion Community Center, an annex of the church, to the Leon Sullivan Center. He then began to use a United Way logo on the center’s web site to appeal for donations. A United Way spokeswoman said the church did not have permission to use the logo.
But what upset most people were the events of Saturday, June 21, 2014, when Prince brought two armed guards with him to a special meeting called to discuss his future. The following month, the church voted 221 166 to oust him.
A majority of the members voted to oust him each time a vote was taken. However, after each vote, either Prince or his supporters challenged the legality of the process. After the March 22, 2014 vote, Prince and his supporters claimed the vote was illegal because the proper church officials had not called the meeting.
After the July 2014 vote, Prince and his supporters argued that the church bylaws required 90 days notice to the membership before a vote to fire a pastor.