Church service at New Salem Missionary Baptist Church in Memphis, TN was not the same and probably will never be the same again, after a fight broke out during church service between two women and families over one woman, allegedly the Pastor’s Wife and another woman, allegedly the Pastor’s mistress.
New Salem members watched in awe as two women fought during their Sunday Communion service, allegedly over pastor Frank Ray’s marital affairs.
Soon after the fight between the two women began, a brawl between two families sparked near the church’s choir section, reports WMCTV who also reports that Beverly Milam, her nemesis Terry Bell, and Bell’s daughter, Charra Lumpkin, were at the center of the altercation.
Bell and Milam revealed that the fight began over a verbal confrontation at last Wednesday’s Bible study where Milam told Bell to “stop sleeping with somebody” which led to Bell getting in her face.
At the fight in church on Sunday, both women are claiming the other one started it. Bell claims Milam hit her daughter, while Milam claims Angel, Bell’s friend, hit her in the face with an umbrella and that’s when family ‘jumped in.’
Later, officers arrived on the church scene and separated the women and others from fighting.
No one was arrested. Milam was treated at the church, for a slightly swollen and bloodshot right eye, while the other two (Bell and Lumpkin, who both suffered from scratch marks to their neck and upper chest) refused medical treatment.
Picture: Pastor Frank Ray and wife Deborah J. Ray