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Church members protest Grant Chapel AME closing on Cusseta Rd.

Some Columbus church members are raising their voices in protest. They say they are fighting to keep the doors of their sanctuary open.

The pastor of Grant Chapel AME church on Cusseta Rd. has locked the gates and moved his congregation to another location. Protestors say they are afraid pastor Eddie Oliver is trying to sell the new church. They are adamant that the building is not for the pastor to sell.

"Most of us who are here right now, we want our church doors open back up so we can have church service like we used to do prior to Pastor Oliver coming in.," says member Tambra Robinson.

Pastor Oliver claims some of the protestors are no longer members of the church.

Another AME minister who wishes to remain anonymous says the church is important to the neighborhood and should not be relocated. He says the decision to sell the building is one that would have to be approved by AME boards, committees, and the church's bishop.

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