April Trial Date Set for Paulk
By S.A. Reid
Atlanta Journal-Constitution [Georgia]
November 20, 2006
Mega church pastor Bishop Earl Paulk and two staff members who are suing him for sexual misconduct will get their day in court this spring.
DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Mark Anthony Scott set the trial date for April 2 at a hearing Monday.
In their lawsuit, Mona and Bobby Brewer accuse the Chapel Hill Harvester Church pastor of coercing Mona Brewster into a 14-year affair. Paulk admits to a brief sexual encounter, but says Mona initiated it. The Brewers are former Chapel Hill Harvester Church leaders.
Paulk also denies the couple's allegation that they which also claims the couple loaned Paulk $400,000 to settle a previous sexual misconduct lawsuit.
The latest lawsuit is one of four public sex scandals dating back more than four decades that have marred Paulk's pastoral career. In 1992, a former ghostwriter and biographer leveled charges similar to the Brewers' claims. Five years ago, a former litugical dancer sued Paulk for allegedy molesting her.
Paulk has denied the charges in each case, but has admitted to committing adultery in 1960 as pastor of Hemphill Church of God, now Mount Paran. He's also accused of fathering children outside of marriage.
The minister's recovery from major cancer surgery a year ago has slowed legal proceedings in the Brewer lawsuit,
Lawyers finally deposed him at his home and his lawyer's office after Judge Scott ruled in August that he was healthy enough to face questioning. His lawyers had argued he was too frail.
Other legal wrangling has included issues over whether the church can transfer property while the case is pending.
D.E. Paulk, son of Earl Paulk's brother, has served as the new senior pastor of the South DeKalb church since August.
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