Posted on January 11, 2024

Black Megachurch Sued by Female Senior Pastor Candidate for Gender Discrimination

Kristine Parks, Fox News, January 8, 2024

A prominent Black megachurch in New York City is being accused of discriminating against a woman who lost her bid to become its senior pastor.

Yale Divinity School Professor Eboni Marshall Turman filed a lawsuit against Abyssinian Baptist Church alleging she was rejected from the final round of candidates {snip}


In her Dec. 29 lawsuit, she accuses the church and search committee chair Valerie S. Grant of acting inappropriately by “pressing issues not broached with [Marshall Turman’s] male counterparts” during the interview process {snip}

“Gender discrimination motivated the decision not to hire (Marshall Turman), a fact discussed openly during meetings of the Committee, including by Grant and another Committee member, who said that Abyssinian would only hire a woman as its Senior Pastor ‘over my dead body,’” the complaint states {snip}

Abyssinian Baptist Church pushed back against these claims in a statement.

“While she and others were considered for the role because of their impressive backgrounds, she ultimately fell short of some key requirements for the role, where other finalist candidates prevailed and moved forward in the process,” Abyssinian spokesperson LaToya Evans relayed to Fox News Digital.


According to her biography, Marshall Turman researches “sexism in the Black church” {snip}