A NORTH Carolina congregation caused a firestorm when a lead pastor requested “only white people” serve as greeters. No, it’s not quite what it seems. Turns out, the pastor is African American and she wanted to attract more white worshippers to her church..
Carmen Thomas, a member of Freedom House Church was outraged after receiving an email from Pastor Makeda Pennycooke asking people of color to refrain from serving as greeters at the 9 a.m. service during the congregation’s busiest season, WBTV reports.
Pennycooke, an African-American, sent the email to a group of church volunteers writing “first impressions matter” and that the congregation wanted “the best of the best on the front doors.”
Thomas told the news station she believed Pennycooke was attempting to attract white worshippers.
“We are continuing to work to bring our racial demographic pendulum back to mid-line,” she continued in the email. “So we would like to ask that only white people be on the front doors.”
According to WBTV, Pennycooke has since apologized for the email along with seniors pastors Troy and Penny Maxwell.