Appeal filed on behalf of barefoot pastor

Dismissed Methodist priest Reverend William Bill St Clair has formally appealed last week’s High Court decision that went against him.

Last Wednesday, High Court Judge William Chandler dismissed his application on the grounds that it was improperly filed before the court, and was inconsistent with the protocol set out in the Church constitution.

However, through his attorney-at-law Hal Gollop, QC, Rev. St Clair, otherwise known as the barefoot pastor, yesterday took the matter before the Court of Appeal, listing nine grounds of appeal.

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.

The court action stems from the recent dismissal of the Methodist preacher for “breach of contract”, including conducting services without shoes.

The appeal names six defendants, including the South Caribbean District of the Methodist Church in the Caribbean and Americas, the Methodist Trust Corporation of Barbados Inc., the Ebenezer Circuit of the South Caribbean District of the Methodist Church in the Caribbean and Americas, President and General Superintendent of the South Caribbean District of the Methodist Church in the Caribbean and Americas Rev. Dr Cuthbert Edwards, and Ebenezer Circuit stewards Roger Marshall and David Harewood.

Gollop is claiming that the court’s order for him to return the church’s motorcar and get out of its house at Ebenezer, St Philip was unjust in all circumstances.

“The learned trial judge erred in failing to rule that all actions taken by the defendants in the name of the South Caribbean District of the Methodist Church of the Caribbean and Americas and the Ebenezer Circuit of the South Caribbean District of the Methodist Church of the Methodist Church of the Caribbean and Americas were null and void in that, as stated by him [judge], they had no authority to act,” Gollop stated in the Notice of Appeal, a copy of which has been obtained by Barbados TODAY.

He further argues that Justice Chandler should have acknowledged that church stewards Harewood and Marshall had exercised authority on behalf of the Ebenezer Circuit when they ordered Rev St Clair to vacate the Manse on December 20, 2014 and to return the house to the state in which he found it when he arrived there in September 2013.

The Court of Appeal is therefore being urged to issue a new order setting aside the one handed down by Justice Chandler and staying the judge’s order until a new one is made.

A date is yet to be set for the hearing of that appeal.

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