Questions remain about Mother Emanuel pastor's status

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Facebook post made by Clark Wednesday (Source: Facebook)
Facebook post made by Clark Wednesday (Source: Facebook)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The pastor of Mother Emanuel AME Church says she cannot confirm a series of rumors circulating regarding her status at the church.

In a phone conversation Wednesday afternoon the Rev. Dr. Betty Deas Clark said, "You have to go to the bishop's office for that information."

Several confidential sources say Clark has been relocated to Bethel AME Church in Georgetown.

Confirmation on this information from the AME 7th District Church Office was limited.

"No comment," said Cynthia Neal, the office manager, at the Columbia location.

Neal added no statement would be released regarding the rumors of Clark's position.

A phone call to the Bethel AME was met with, "Haven't heard anything as of yet," by a woman who answered the phone.

An Emanuel AME congregation member said, there was some sort of "re-structuring going on" and we were told to "pray to God."

Clark has always been very active on social media.

Around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Rev. Clark posted:

"The process always precedes the promise #WednesdayWisdom," with a link to an online bible passage from Proverbs 3:5, "With all your heart you must trust the Lord and not your own judgment."

Below the post was a picture of a group worshiping under the words, "The only thing harder than waiting on God is wishing that you had."

Several people have commented on the post.

"I was so looking forward to visiting in October and hearing you preach at Mother Emanuel," Tiffany Marie, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, wrote. "I am saddened to hear you will no longer be there. While I do not understand the move, there must be a reason God has made this change. Best of luck to you."

"As a regular attendee at your Bible study, I am so sad and disappointed that you have been transferred," Kim Siwarski added. "I live on the Mt Pleasant/Awendaw border so Georgetown is not that far. May Our Lord Jesus Christ continue to guide you in your new assignment."

An event at Mother Emanuel Wednesday as part of Love Week was scheduled to have Clark and Rev. Anthony Thompson lead the "Ecumenical Bible Study (Part II)" at 6:00 p.m.

Rev. Thompson confirmed he would still be there leading the bible study.

The church website along with the sign on the front of the church still shows Clark's name as pastor.

Clark has held the position at Mother Emanuel AME since January.

She was the first woman to become pastor in the history of the church.

There's no confirmation on who will replace Clark's position, although church members have said someone is expected Thursday.

This is developing story.

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