After a series of events that ultimately led the board of trustees at the New Life Baptist Church to distance themselves, Virgin Islands Party spokesperson Pastor Claude Skelton Cline, the clergyman, has now opted to take a leave of absence from his pastoral duties at the church.
Skelton Cline serves as an assistant to the bishop at the church.
Following the church’s announcement to distance itself from the clergyman on Thursday, Pastor Skelton Cline issued a statement saying he ‘accepts’ the church’s position.
“Clearly, my positions are and always will be mine. Furthermore, for the sake of the kingdom and the local church, I will exercise the strength to be weak and take a sabbatical. However, I will be in worship as usual,” Skelton Cline said.
New Life Baptist Church said it was distancing itself from Skelton Cline because church members and others were “concerned” about Skelton Cline’s conduct and statements in the local political arena.
Among other things, Skelton Cline faces the threat of a lawsuit for publicly accusing an NDP candidate of bribing voters.