ROCK HILL, S.C. -- A judge says members of a Rock Hill church should vote on whether to fire the pastor.

The dispute has been going on for months at the nearly 90-year-old Flint Hill Baptist Church, The Herald of Rock Hill reported.

York County master-in-equity Jack Kimball has ordered that the church hold a meeting to resolve the status of the Rev. Cedric Maddox and three deacons who have been suspended after they led the effort to have Maddox fired.

The locks were changed and “No Trespassing” signs were posted at the church to try to keep Maddox out. He and some church elders then sued, claiming the dismissal votes in February and April were improper.

Kimball overturned both those votes and ordered a meeting for a vote after proper notice is provided to all members.

“Hopefully, we can have resolution in the very near future,” said Willie McClurkin, a longtime church member who was sued by Maddox and deacons trying to keep Maddox in the pulpit.

Kimball also issued an injunction to get the church’s locks changed back and to make sure representatives from both sides paid church bills and conducted church business.

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Information from: The Herald, http://www.heraldonline.com