Verryn, church head for arbitration

2010-01-30 12:57

SUSPENDED Johannesburg Central Methodist Church Bishop Paul Verryn

will enter into arbitration over a dispute with the SA Methodist Church, his

lawyer has said.

“The disciplinary hearing in respect of our client, Reverend Paul

Verryn, has been postponed indefinitely,” said lawyer Jason Brickhill in a

statement posted on the Legal Resource Centre’s website.

“The hearing is postponed pending arbitration between Verryn and

the presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa (MCSA), Ivan

Abrahams, and the church’s district discipline registrar, Jeff Matthee,”

Brickhill said.

The arbitration process will be conducted by a panel from the

church body.

“The arbitration panel will consider Reverend Verryn’s request that

the decisions to charge and to suspend him be reviewed and set aside.

“Verryn has also requested that the dispute between the presiding

Bishop and himself be referred to mediation,” he said.

Verryn was suspended after he was charged with transgressing the

constitution of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa.

The disciplinary hearing would have begun on Monday.

He had been in charge of the Central Methodist Church in the

Johannesburg CBD and accommodating hundreds of Zimbabwean refugees.

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