Lakeside pastor asked to resign
LAKESIDE Christian Centre’s founder and head pastor has been asked by his son and church elders to step down after being accused of having relationships with three women in his church.
Bill Pryor, 69, was confronted by his son Corey, also a minister at the centre, and fellow pastors last week after it was alleged he had relationships with three women, in their 40s, in his congregation after his wife died, according to The Sunday Mail yesterday.
Attempts by the Tweed Daily News to contact Mr Pryor were unsuccessful.
Mr Pryor announced to his congregation last weekend that he had been approached to resign and admitted he had strayed and should be forgiven.
“It’s church as usual,” Mr Pryor told The Sunday Mail.
“It’s a very private matter. I don’t want anyone to be hurt.”
Mr Pryor and his wife Pat founded the Lakeside Christian Centre and International Apostolic Ministries, which has networks throughout Australia and overseas.
Pat lost her battle against cancer a year and a half ago and neighbours said Mr Pryor had been a tower of strength.
“I think he wants the church to take him back and forgive him,” one resident said.
Mr Pryor’s house beside the Lakeside Christian Centre is up for sale.
A member of the congregation working at the centre said the issue had caused divisions in the parish.
“The people here don’t want to discuss it,” he said.