U.S. court orders pastor to return MFM branch
An America court has ordered the immediate return of a branch of the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (MFM) located in the state of Maryland to its rightful owners.
Resident Pastor of the church in Maryland, Lawrence Adetunji and 11 other former members of the branch had hijacked, transferred and renamed the church as Christ the Truth Ministries.
The judgment followed an action filed in September 2017 before the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County in Maryland, USA, with case number CAL616-26532 by the MFM International, Lagos and MFMM Nevada, seeking a declaratory judgment and damages against Pastor Adetunji, his wife Ronke and 11 others
in Bowie, Maryland.
The dispute revolved around two properties acquired by the MFM in 2001 and 2004 located at 5503 & 5506, Church Road in Bowie, as well as the money used in building the church.
The parent church had argued that the purchase of the property housing the church was made exclusively through the contributions of MFM members in Bowie. But the defendants claimed that since there was no direct financial contribution from the MFM parent church in Lagos, the church and the proceeds should belong to them who were operating the church.
The court held that Pastor Adetunji and his group converted MFM’s property to their own personal use without authority from the MFM.
It said Adetunji did not notify the church of his resignation before setting up Christ the Truth Ministries with the breakaway members. The court declared that branches of the church did not operate independently outside the control of the parent church.