Three members of St. Luke African Methodist Episcopal Church on St. Simons Island have filed suit against the presiding elder and bishop of the 6th district of the AME church in Savannah. Local developer Vassa Cate of Palmetto Building was also named in the suit. AME’s 6th district put the church property up for sale after Tropical Storm Hermine dropped an oak tree on the church’s roof. According to reports Cate has the property under contract for $625,000 and has applied for a permit to subdivide the two acres into seven lots to build seven 2,500 sq. ft. homes. Church Members, Ruthie Cobb, her daughter Ruby Jackson and son-in-law Jerome Jackson are asking the court to stop the sale.
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