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White First Baptist Church of Crystal Springs, Mississippi Bans Black Couple Charles & Te’Andrea Wilson’s Wedding

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A black couple in Mississippi planning to get married in the predominantly white church they often attend was barred from having their wedding there due to objections from members of the congregation.

Charles and Te’Andrea Wilson were looking forward to exchanging their vows in the First Baptist Church of Crystal Springs in Crystal Springs, Mississippi. The couple had planned everything; the date was set, the invitations were printed and mailed out, pastor Stan Weatherford was ready– then they received horrible news.

“The church congregation had decided no black could be married at that church,” Charles told WLBT. He says that congregants threatened to expel Weatherford from the church if he performed the ceremony.

“He had people… that were pitching a fit about us being a black couple,” Te’Andrea added. “I didn’t like it at all, because I wasn’t brought up to be racist. I was brought up to love and care for everybody.”

Dr. Weatherford told WLBT that he was surprised by his congregation’s opposition to the wedding.

“This had never been done before here,” he said of marrying a black couple, “so it was setting a new precedent, and there are those who reacted to that because of that.”

The pastor ended up marrying the couple at another church.

“I didn’t want to have a controversy within the church, and I didn’t want a controversy to affect the wedding of Charles and Te’Andrea,” he said. “I wanted to make sure their wedding day was a special day.”

The now-happily married couple still struggles to understand what happened to them.

“I blame the First Baptist Church of Crystal Springs,” Charles told WLBT. “I blame those members who knew and call themselves Christians and didn’t stand up,” he added.

Another Baptist church, Gulnare Freewill Baptist Church in Pike County, Kentucky, made headlines last November when it banned interracial couples from becoming members or taking part in church functions.

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3 Comments

  1. Finn PoulsenJuly 29, 2012 at 5:41 amReply

    These people who don’t want a black couple to get married in their church are still living in the stone-age. They don’t know anything about how a true Christian should be. They are closer to be in a unholy connection with the devil and people like Hitler, Bin Laden and Stalin. And that is where will end up one day.
    I hope that true Christians will stand and shout them out the church. They don’t belong in our Christian world. Down to devil with them. NOW!!

  2. Lori ParasJuly 29, 2012 at 10:57 amReply

    Pastor Stan Weatherford is NOT a man of God. He is a cold hearted racist that has a stone for a heart and hides behind Jesus. You MR. Pastor give Christianity a BAD NAME! I despise you as you make it so difficult to wake up everyday in a white skin. May you be forced out of your job. Go imbed yourself in white middle class America some where else. Then you can be comfortable while you stand up at a pulpit and wax poetic bullshit about Jesus whom you do not follow in your heart. Your Evil!!!

  3. James ClemonsJuly 30, 2012 at 10:23 amReply

    These people profess that which they DO NOT understand. As a Christian I am ashamed because we are ALL one body in Christ. As a White man I am beyond anger at anyone who would so pervert God’s will. I beg this couple to NOT to forever have their thoughts tainted by such assholes! (sorry but the flesh is angry). Please forward ALL these comments to the couple. I have tried to protest with the church website but it seems they’ve taken it down.Write or call the Mississippi Association and ask them to Remove Crystal Springs from the association.

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