Neighbors say church disturbs peace
MASSILLON, Ohio ” Is it worship? Or disturbing the peace?
Neighbors of Worshippers of Christ the Warrior King Church have petitioned the city, saying screams and sounds of glory and praise coming from the building are a nuisance. But church members contend they’re being harassed because of how they worship.
“Sunday morning is God’s day of worship,” the Rev. Troy Sowell said. “I’m not going to tell this congregation, ‘You’re being too loud.”‘
Sowell says he’s open to finding a solution but is not going to forfeit his right to worship God.
Police responded to noise complaints three consecutive days during a revival last year, after the congregation moved in.
“They have a sound system over there that is very loud,” said neighbor Reginald Winters. “I’m in my house with the door shut, and literally, my windows are vibrating in my house. … This year, it’s started right back up.”
The church closed its doors and windows, but the complaints have continued, said Jerena Copeland, associate pastor.
Sowell said light bulbs have been stolen from the building and beer bottles have been wedged beneath the tires of members’ vehicles.
Church members recently met with Police Chief Robert Williams.
“I’m still hoping for an amicable, diplomatic solution,” said Williams, an ordained minister and the son of a pastor.