“Justice Sunday” Preacher Steps Down Amid Lawsuit

Jerry Sutton’s Two Rivers Baptist Church in Nashville, Tennessee had hosted the Family Research Council’s Justice Sunday II rally and was scheduled to host one of Rick Scarborough’s upcoming crusades, but now Sutton has agreed to retire amid an lawsuit over alleged financial improprieties: “By a more than 3-to-1 margin, members of Two Rivers Baptist Church approved a $314,000 retirement package for the Rev. Jerry Sutton on Sunday, clearing the way for the embattled minister to leave the congregation he has led for more than 22 years … Sutton and church leaders hope his retirement will bring an end to a 14-month conflict. In the summer of 2007, a group of dissident church members sued Two Rivers, seeking Sutton’s ouster and access to church financial records.”