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Holman United Methodist

Church Bids Farewell To The Masters

Reverend Dr. Henry Masters senior pastor of Holman United Methodist Church and his wife of 38 years, Reverend Dianna Masters, will lead St. Luke Community

United Methodist Church in East Dallas as senior pastor and associate pastor, respectively. The two Waco natives revealed, "It is with a mixture of joy and sadness that we announce that we are leaving the city of LA to assume the pastoral duties at St Luke Community United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas."

In a city-wide worship service held at Holman UMC on June 24th, Henry Masters addressed attendants, "We came here as a clergy family. We leave as a clergy couple. She [Dianna Masters] has maintained her identity as a first lady and I have learned to become a first man. Thank you for our time here. God bless you."

Dianna Masters, who was ordained after coming to Los Angeles and subsequently appointed senior pastor at Wesley United Methodist Church, added "We're now ready. He brought a family, but he's taking back a help- mate. You will always have a very special place on our hearts."

The Masters have been appointed to labor together as co-pastors at the 5,000-member strong, St. Luke UMC, one of the largest African-American churches in the North Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church

With the Masters departure, Reverend Kelvin Sauls will be taking over as senior pastor at Holman UMC while Reverend Thomas Hill has been appointed senior pastor at Wesley UMC.

Creflo Dollar Arrest Sparks National Debate on Spanking

Rev. Creflo Dollar's arrest last month after his daugh- ter said he physically abused her, has touched off a national debate on spanking.

While the Atlanta-based mega pastor and his daugh- ter share conflicting versions of what happened during a heated argument at the family home, experts say it is becoming all too often that children are calling authori- ties to report alleged abuse and that on such occasions, it is not uncommon for an arrest to be made. Roughly 15 countries have laws banning corporal punishment and five years ago in California a bill to ban spanking was shelved.

Dollar said he was disciplining his daughter -- restraining her after she became disrespectful because he wouldn't allow her to attend a party, when he took to the pulpit the following Sunday after his arrest to deny alle- gations that he beat his 15-year-old daughter.

"I want you to hear it personally from me: All is well in the Dollar household," he said. "A family conversation with our youngest daughter got emotional. Things esca- lated from there. She was not choked. She was not punched. I want to say this very emphatically: I should have never been arrested," Dollar said.

Thousands of those in attendance gave Dollar a standing ovation.

The mega-pastor of World Changers Church International was arrested on June 1 after his daughter called 911 stating that Dollar put his hands around her neck, choked her briefly and slapped her during a disagreement about a party she wanted to attend. His 19- year-old daughter who said she witnessed the alterca- tion backed up the testimony.

Dollar was charged with simple battery and cruelty to children and released on a $5,000 bond 12 hours later.

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