Posted by: Apostolic Oneness Pentecostals | November 17, 2008

Juanita Bynum’s Ex-Husband Bishop Weeks Evicted From Church

Bishop Thomas Weeks III, the man who split from televangelist Juanita Bynum in a very public divorce earlier this year, was evicted Friday from his Gwinnett County church. 

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    Sheriff’s deputies carried out the eviction while a church convocation was in progress at Weeks’ Global Destiny Ministries, located at 4830 Rivergreen Parkway. With congregation members by his side, Weeks was forced to leave Global Destiny Ministries’ Duluth campus. 

    “They have been told to leave the property,” said Stacey Bourbonnais, with the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office. “We will secure the building, inventory the property, then sell up to the judgment amount.” 

    Documents filed in state court in Gwinnett County showed Weeks and the church owe $511,842 to the owners of the buildings. 

    “It’s difficult in terms of the emotion,” said Weeks. “For almost three years, I have put in 16-18 hour days here on this campus, traveling worldwide, building it for the Kingdom.” 

    VIDEO: Bishop Weeks Evicted From Gwinnett County Church
     

    The church had been operating out of two suites at the office complex. 

    “We’re not the only church going through this financial situation,” Weeks said. 

    An hour earlier, Gwinnett County sheriff’s deputies rolled in to serve two eviction notices. 

    Weeks explained to Channel 2’s Rachel Kim one of the reasons he believed the operation fell on tough times. “There were some members that left because of a situation well-known in Atlanta. Our congregation went from 3,000 to 300,” said Weeks. 

    Bynum and Weeks married in 2002 in an elaborate ceremony. They built Global Destiny Ministries in Duluth together before their relationship fizzled. 

    On Aug. 21, 2007, Weeks attacked Bynum in the parking lot of the Renaissance Concourse Hotel in Atlanta after the couple met to discuss their problems. They had been separated since spring 2007. 

    Weeks pleaded guilty in March to aggravated assault in the attack on his wife. He was sentenced as a first offender, given three years of probation and ordered to attend anger management classes and perform 200 hours of community service. 

    They finalized their divorce in June of this year. 

    Weeks said after the couple’s problems were thrown into the spotlight, church members left and there was no way to pay the bills. 

    “At one point, it cost $450,000 a month to run the operation,” said Weeks. “We resized it to about $110,000 monthly,” he said. 

    Weeks said he had hoped to stop the eviction. 

    “We had several pledges coming in the next couple of days and unfortunately they didn’t arrive so we could go ahead and pay the last of what we needed to pay to stop the process,” he said. 

    Weeks asked the community to pray for all church leaders during the difficult economic times. 

    “We’re looking forward to making the adjustment and moving to a bigger and brighter day where all of our debt is paid,” said Weeks. 

    Weeks said he has three other church locations currently operating debt free in London, Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles. 

    “We’re looking forward to making our Atlanta location debt free as well,” he said.


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