The Born Again Christian Center had a five-member board, but only four of the positions were filled—the board was made up of the wife and brother of the pastor, Andre Harris, and two of Harris’s nieces.
A member of an East Palo Alto church is suing the pastor and members of his extended family for allegedly trying to sell both the church and a house donated by a former deacon for personal profit "and personally pocket the proceeds of the sale" and that the congregants never approved any such transactions.
The house (listed at nearly $400,000), once occupied by the Pastor Andre Harris and his wife Gloria Harris, has already been sold and closed escrow. The adjacent church is still on the market at a listed price of $999,950.
In addition to Harris and his wife, the complaint filed in San Mateo County Superior Court names the pastor's brother Kenneth Harris and his wife Rhona Edgerton-Harris as defendants. The couple are real estate agents at a Century 21 office in East Palo Alto; Kenneth Harris also was the broker of record for the church properties, according to the suit.
Two daughters of Rhona Edgerton-Harris -- April Ingram-Black and Laesheia Turner -- also are named as defendants. They are the nieces of Pastor Harris and members of the Born Again Christian Center's board, along with Kenneth Harris and Gloria Harris, according to the suit. The family members occupy four of board's five seats, the fifth of which is vacant.
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