HAROLD R. GUNN v. FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH ET AL. - Articles

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Posted by: Landry Butler on Jun 7, 2018

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Harold Ross Gunn, pro se, Humboldt, Tennessee, Appellant.

Attorneys 2:

John Dean Burleson, Jennifer Vallor Ivy, Jackson, Tennessee, for the Appellees, First Baptist Church (Humboldt, TN), Greg McFadden, and Gerry Brittain.

Judge(s): ARMSTRONG

Appellant, a member of First Baptist Church of Humboldt, appeals the trial court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of Appellees, the church, its pastor, and chairman of the deacons. Appellant challenged the vote to change the name of the church to “The Church at Sugar Creek.” Finding that the ecclesiastical abstention doctrine acted as a jurisdictional bar, the trial court granted summary judgment. Discerning no error, we affirm and remand.

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