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DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ga. –

A Douglas County pastor has been fired and banned from his own church, but returned for bible study Wednesday night.

God’s house is not the place where you would expect a minister to be arrested, but that’s exactly what happened to Pastor Darryl Momon after nine years of service as the Senior Pastor of Old Mountain Top Baptist Church. Momon says he was arrested for trespassing after he tried to return to preach at the church.

The small church of 80 members is divided. A deacon board fired the pastor back in June and give him a $4,000 severance check, but the 52-year-old preacher and several church members contend that ousting was illegal. They say Momon has been reinstated by a majority of the congregation who followed church by-laws.

“They came to arrest me and when they took me out the congregation had an emergency meeting,” said Momon.

Many congregational members tell FOX 5 according to church bi-laws, the congregation has the final word on whom they want to be their spiritual leader.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office says they are trying to keep peace.

“We started getting calls on Sundays where people were disrupting the church and arguing back and forth and we had to intervene,” said Chief Deputy Stan Copeland.

Since the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has asked Pastor Momon not to come back to the church, he has come up with a creative way to lead bible study Wednesday night. He used a cordless mic and talked to members from the street.

Pastor Momon says he’ll continue to preach from the curbside until the matter is resolved in the courts.

The Sheriff’s office says pastor Momon is ordered to stay off church property or face arrest leading to Wednesday nights’ unorthodox bible study.

Church member Jay Nation is saddened by the rift.

“It’s disheartening it shouldn’t be this way we should be able to come to come together and straighten out our differences,” said Nation.

Pastor Momon is hanging tough, insisting he’ll continue street side preaching and maybe more until the court rules on whether or not he’ll be allowed back in the church.

FOX 5 News reached out to the leader of the Deacons Board but did not get a response.

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