‘Barefoot’ reverend appears in court

A High Court judge has called on the leadership of the Methodist Church in Barbados to amicably resolve its impasse with Reverend William St Clair, the controversial priest who was recently “fired” for breaching his contract, including preaching barefoot to his congregation.

The judge’s request was one of the key decisions coming out of an injunction hearing in the Number 10 court today that was attended by the disputing parties and their attorneys.

Following a near three-hour court sitting, Queen’s Counsel Hal Gollop, who is representing Rev St Clair, told Barbados TODAY that as a result of the injunction, his client would now be allowed to keep the church house and car until the case was determined. The church had ordered the priest to leave the house and turn back in the vehicle, which had been offered to him as part of his emoluments as priest-in-charge of Ebenezer.

Reverend William St Clair (left) with his lawyer Queen’s Counsel Hal Gollop.
Reverend William St Clair (left) with his lawyer Queen’s Counsel Hal Gollop.

However, Rev St Clair remains without a congregation. His attorney said he did not raise that issue with the court today, saying it was a matter for the church leadership to deal with as it saw fit.

Asked if Rev St Clair would be allowed to preach in any of its churches following the injunction, Superintendent of the Ebenezer Circuit Pearson Blackman said Rev St Clair was no longer a member of the Methodist congregation “and that stands until a ruling is made”.

The church, led by President and General Superintendent of the South Caribbean District Rev Dr Cuthbert Edwards is being represented in the case by a legal team headed by Queen’s Counsel Elliott Mottley.

When he appeared in court today, Rev St Clair was dressed in a dark suit, white shirt, priestly collar and black shoes.  The disputing sides return to court next Wednesday, when, according to Mottley, the hearing may be open to the general public.

17 Responses to ‘Barefoot’ reverend appears in court

  1. Poetry Dancer
    Poetry Dancer December 12, 2014 at 1:08 am

    I don’t like their god

  2. Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks
    Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks December 12, 2014 at 1:41 am

    He should ah gone court bare foot today wuh loss

  3. Terry Clarke
    Terry Clarke December 12, 2014 at 1:45 am

    I hope this guy wins this case…..Barbados is too much in bondage to the traditions of men and are too blind to see when ministers like St.Clair comes to our shores, that it is for our liberation and not to endorse the conventional folly that has gotten us no where……He reminds me of the Messiah..the Messiah said to the religious leaders on an occasion that “they are too much in bondage to how they wash their cups and utensils, but refused to pay attention to the more weightier matters that adds to ones life”…St. Clair has come to these shores with the Unorthodox or Unconventional just like our Messiah Ha’Mashiach!!!!!!

  4. Steve Allen
    Steve Allen December 12, 2014 at 1:45 am

    Just running the young generation away from the Methodist Church, I as a Methodist only went to church in James street when growing up in Barbados also was baptised there many years ago… Why don’t the church let the people choose who they want to reach the word of God????? Shame on the Methodist Church in Barbados as every other church leaders inNorthAmerica think you are all fools there in Methodist Church in Barbados

  5. Steve Allen
    Steve Allen December 12, 2014 at 1:49 am

    Methodist churches try to fresher poor and unemployment people of your churches in Barbados and stop the nonsense shame on the Methodist Church

  6. Marsha Peppa Fly Hinds-Layne
    Marsha Peppa Fly Hinds-Layne December 12, 2014 at 2:21 am

    All I will say is….Pearson Blackman…is this the same one who was a teacher?? If so….hmmmm……mmmmmmm……mm.

  7. Jacinta Lashley
    Jacinta Lashley December 12, 2014 at 4:54 am

    Look at he, I wonder if he was a Bajan if people would have been saying the same things. He needs to give up the people house and car and start walking around bare feet. Hypocrisy, living free off the church.

  8. Bobby Gilkes
    Bobby Gilkes December 12, 2014 at 6:25 am

    Woe the church bring out the big guns E.Mottley and H.Gollop sigh

  9. Bronwen Archer December 12, 2014 at 8:28 am

    What happen to “render your heart and not your garments?” Im so glad that my dad (r.i.p) is no longer around to see this debarcle!!!!!! Bunch of hypocrites at Ebeneezer, and if/when l ever step foot in Barbadoss, Ebeneezer will never see my face again!!!!!!!!!

    Instead of wasting taxpayers money with this farce, bring the crooked ministers/attornies to justice that are robbing the senior citizens!!!!!!

  10. Carl Harper December 12, 2014 at 9:25 am

    Is that a pair of Bostonian or Kenneth Cole shoes that Reverend St Clair is wearing? How come he didn’t go to court barefoot?

    Back in the days of Jesus he challenged the religious establishment about the Jews and Pharisees being more interested in the “churchy” things and conventions of the times, rather than addressing the Spiritual needs and welfare of the people.

    This saga is much more than a pair of shoes and preaching barefoot.

  11. kay-rani rosita December 12, 2014 at 9:27 am

    God hates disobedience – it is a sin yet you have no problem being disobedient by breaking church rules, creating division.
    You are supposed to be an employee of the Church and not working for yourself yet you are creating your own rules.
    You are arrogant and have some cheek. This barefoot foolishness is not glorifying God but drawing attention to you.
    If you will not follow the rules and continue to disrespect your employers, then pack up, vacate the church property, hand over the house keys and car and leave Barbados.

  12. kay-rani rosita December 12, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Terry Clarke Oh do be quiet!
    He reminds you of the messiah… of which messiah do you speak? If you truly believe that these people are coming to our shores for our liberation, then you are seriously deluded.
    Foolishness! The man is advocating disobedience a very bad example to set before impressible minds.
    He is wrong. He should go into a regular job and disrespect, disobey his employer, and see how long he will keep his job.
    I am sick to the eyeteeth of people entering Barbados and dictating to Barbadians.

  13. kay-rani rosita December 12, 2014 at 9:46 am

    I hear you Carl Harper…Speak!
    I could not help but notice how he is smiling as he poses for the Press.
    Charlatan comes to mind. Barbadians need to stop being so naïve.

  14. Ormond Mayers December 12, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    There is a vast difference between what is secular and spiritual. The Church is a unique world and should not be tainted by the World. I wonder if I didn’t had a pair of shoes to wear Court,
    would I be denied justice?

    Don’t be distracted from the main issue. Man made rules that are destroying the World and God’s standards, which the Church
    should embrace.

  15. Aldo December 12, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    Really we are in the 20th century and Barbados is still trying to catch in many areas, in one area I would suggest is customer service, I remember when I use to go to school barefoot, I remember people all dressed up and going to church barefoot, leave the damn man alone and concentrate on things like the cost of living, unemployment so on,please.

  16. janette reifer December 12, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    That’s why I don’t worry with this church thing. It’s a waste of time. I am not giving any church my hard earn money that I have to take so much insults for on a daily basis. Church is a big joke. Pastors and Priests are making a mockery of what the Most High command them to do. The church goers need to worship the Most High and not the Pastors. You could as well go to Q In the community or Karoake, too much entertainment and drama in these so-called churches.

  17. Loretta December 14, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    As a Methodist I don’t even know how to feel. John Wesley have to be turning in his grave. Pearson Blackman you should be ashamed of yourself. Who are you to condemn, are you God? In making any life decision, I think about what Jesus would do and in this situation he certainly do who you hypocrites are doing. The Methodist church seem to have lost its way. Instead of spreading scriptural holiness all of you are chasing people from the church and then say the church is dying. Is people like Pearson Blackman, Cutbert Edwards and his bandwagon killing it. People need to be fed the word God. How is preaching barefoot preventing me from receiving the word of God. REND YOUR HEART AND NOT YOUR GARMENT. STOP WATCHING THE MAN FEET. I wonder from time to time if some of you were really chosen by God. Shame . Shame on all of you. WHAT A METHODIST Church.


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