Greater Beulah Baptist Church Ruling

A Houston County circuit judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed against a Dothan church.

Members of Greater Beulah Baptist Church filed into a Dothan courtroom earlier this month and voted almost 10-1 to settle the dispute in church rather that in court.

Two members of the congregation filed the lawsuit against the church, Pastor Paul Hollman and a church secretary.

Starla Whitfield and B.C George claimed that church leaders were excluding the congregation from major financial decisions.

However, Judge Ed Jackson ruled the plaintiffs do not represent a majority of church members, and he tossed the case out of court.

The plaintiffs have six weeks to appeal the decision.