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All hell broke loose in Charlotte, North Carolina this week after Pastor Makeda Pennycook, who is black, sent out a mass email asking that “only white people” greet visitors at the 9:00 a.m. service at Freedom House Church.

“I was floored,” said church member Carmen Thomas. “Like it was a jaw dropper. You can put a white face all over the front door. But when you come through those doors, you’re going to see African Americans, you’re gonna see Asians. You’re going to see people of color.”

Pennycooke, who serves as the Executive Pastor of Operations for Freedom House Church, sent the email to her congregation and reminded parishioners that fall is one of the busiest times of year for the church.

“We anticipate having an increase in the number of people visiting and attending Freedom House over the next few weeks,” Pennycooke says in the email. She then says that “first impressions matter” and says the church wants “the best of the best on the front doors.”

“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.”

Thomas told WBTV she knew exactly what Pastor Pennycooke meant by that statement.

“Too black,” she said. ”It wasn’t a conclusion that I drew. It was something I read.”

Pennycooke then acknowledges the request is a “sensitive situation” and said quality trumps quantity.

“We would rather have less greeters on the front door if it means that the few that we have will represent us the best,” Pennycooke wrote.

A spokesperson sent an email attempting to clean up the situation by stating that Pennycooke was trying to show the church’s diversity. But members aren’t buying it.

What do you think?

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27 thoughts on “Black Pastor Says ‘Only White People’ Should Greet Church Visitors

  1. Stephanie on said:

    Before white people started killing blacks and God knows what else, black people were ALL Black people in America were God fearing people who loved to sing, worship and take care of family. White people are the ones who introduced the devil into this country, not the other way around. I am not blaming anything on white people. I don’t have to, the blame lies where it needs to go. White people started the mass killings of Black people not the other way around. White people killed so many black people in the post slavery era that it made no sense at all. People were allowed to carry fire arms at will and those b@stards used them to kill anyone who tried to end segregation and be afforded equality. Black people FINALLY, THANK GOD ALMIGHTY FINALLY got tired of being killed and the LAWless, doing absolutely nothing to the murders. So the BPP was formed. And look what happened once black people started defending themselves. The govt outlawed carrying fire arms. This country was meant to protect the liberties of white people. And believe , I do not need you to accept that fact. You sit by and act like white people do not hate black people because we are no longer slaves. because a lot of us are doing much better than they are, because their white women are marrying black men (WHITE MEN JUST HATE THAT) And while you are trying to list every negative thing you can possible think of, why don’t you take a gander at the following. White boys get drunk and wasted more than anybody in this country. The majority of vehicular homicide yearly is caused by white men. Why don’t you try talking to these young white kids who have everything given to them under the sun, but are miserable and mentally handicapped because their parents show them no attention or love, so they wind up blowing up schools and universities. And talk about black women not raising or caring for kids, how about the fact that white women raise their daughters to be gold diggers. Becky, make sure you brush your hair 300 times each night, and keep your skin perfect, no doctor wants an ugly bride. Tell your young white sisters to stop stalking football stadiums searching for a rich man to marry. And they really need to be told to stop getting boob jobs. CANCER IS NO JOKE. And while you’re at it, tell your white police officers that they need to stop becoming police officers , because they were bullied in their childhood years and they want pay back now that they have a gun and immunity. The race card cannot be played if there was no card to be played. REMEMBER THAT.

  2. Diane Lavender on said:

    Romans 5:8 says “But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” That’s the only reason to join church.

  3. Jazzydancer on said:

    Hey, the good Rev is after the big bucks that white victors would bring. He is making a business decision not a spiritual decision and certainly not a cultural decision. Apparently money talks louder than church as a safe haven and refuge for the forsaken and weary.

  4. This is why I submit that the message of today’s churches are TOXIC to Black people.The god of the bible is the god that they gave us…not the one we had. Remember? Historicaly we were Forced into this religion of Christianity or faced death. Remember? We have a rich and enviable history as Africans. Remember? Remember! Remember! You are African or you are nothing. We are in MAAFA. Go back and fetch what you do have lost.

  5. pamela jones on said:

    The first thing they should do is change the name how dare she call that church freedom house!perfect example everyone is not a preacher anyone that sits under this so called pastor is crazy

  6. Zerkeise on said:

    1. So she really wants a rainbow congregation…white up front, asian in the middle and the blacks in the back….
    2. We cant be at the front door, but she is in the pulpit?

  7. Stephanie on said:

    I’m sorry, but I cannot understand how anyone could see this as anything other than ignorant and insulting. First of all, for the person who said her heart was in the right place, ARE YOU EVEN THINKING BEFORE YOU PLUCK YOUR COMMENT. How can anybody’s heart be in the right place, when they are giving duties or assignments, based on race. And saying that one group is better than the other. Mind you this is a pastor. A person who is supposed to accept a people who wear the most expensive suits, to those who come in with dirty rags. She sounds like a brained washed person and i am sorry but as confusing and as controversial as religion is already, I don’t need to add fuel to the fire, by following a person who’d say something as damaging as what this pastor said. By the way, how come she didn’t have guts enough to say it to their face as opposed to via e-mail.

  8. Keep it real, placing a white person on the doors to greet does necessary mean it will draw white people or new members. New Memberships starts with your Christians of the Church, by inviting people in the market places, on the job, the streets, hospital visits, visiting prisons, or anywhere people congregates. Don’t expect one race to do it all.

  9. 1 Corinthians 14:33-35
    33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints. 34 Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak ; but they are commanded to be under obedience , as also saith the law. 35 And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.

  10. If God is present at the church everyone would come no matter the race. I currently live in the Virgin Islands and we have had an increase in White visitors and members at my church. Actually, when one white person come they seem to bring more with them when they come back.

  11. I don’t believe this article is telling the whole story. I read a different account of story on Yahoo. Please, folks, let get ALL of the facts before we react.

  12. I tell ya, some of our own black folks can be our worst enemies. And what is more stupid, if a white person were to say to this pastor ” I am superior to you and your race”, this same pastor would get offended YET this pastor is implying that whites are superior to blacks.

  13. The pastor needs to be the one who goes. She has issues that make her not so fit to lead. However, if she doesn’t leave, I would… She couldn’t teach me anything…

  14. Weird.

    As a white person I wouldn’t care who greets me at the door, I’d figure it’s whoever goes to church there. Dunno what the preacher is trying to accomplish there.
    A also wouldn’t like being called a ‘slave master’, whether directly or in code, as some of my ancestors were slaves themselves while none of them were even in the US when slavery existed.

  15. Cleopatra on said:

    It just goes to show how much many of us Black people still hate ourselves, and want to be loved by our slave-masters children. But the days of white supremacy are over. It is high time to “Accept Your Own And Be Yourself!”

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