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Pastor Skelton-Cline takes leave after NLBC distances itself from him!

Pastor Claude O. Skelton-Cline takes leave after NLBC distances themselves from him! Photo: VINO/File
The press statement noted that there has been “numerous complaints put forward by members of the church and persons in the general community.” WWhile the spokeswoman did not list the names of the trustees, the Church is headed by Bishop John I. Cline, an uncle of Mr Skelton-Cline. Photo: Facebook
The press statement noted that there has been “numerous complaints put forward by members of the church and persons in the general community.” WWhile the spokeswoman did not list the names of the trustees, the Church is headed by Bishop John I. Cline, an uncle of Mr Skelton-Cline. Photo: Facebook
The New Life Baptist Church in Duffs Bottom Tortola. Photo: VINO/File
The New Life Baptist Church in Duffs Bottom Tortola. Photo: VINO/File
DUFFS BOTTOM, Tortola, VI - In an unprecedented move, the Board of Trustees of the New Life Baptiste Church (NLBC) in Duffs Bottom on the main Island of Tortola has publicly embarrassed their assistant/associate, Pastor Claude O. Skelton-Cline.

In a statement issued to the media today, Thursday, February 14, 2019, through a spokeswoman, Zoe J. Walcott, she noted that members had issues with the Pastor's “general behaviour.”

Does not reflect the NLBC

The press statement noted that there has been “numerous complaints put forward by members of the church and persons in the general community.”

While the spokeswoman did not list the names of the trustees, the Church is headed by Bishop John I. Cline, an uncle of Mr Skelton-Cline.

They noted, “The board seeks to assure the public that any views, expressions, opinions and reflections of Pastor Claude Skelton-Cline—an active assistant pastor at NLBC—whilst on the radio show Honestly Speaking, on any political rostrum or in any other public fora whilst on the 2019 campaign trail, in no way reflect the views of the board, members, management and staff at NLBC.”

I am willing to go!

Meanwhile, in his response, Mr Skelton-Cline a former Managing Director of the BVI Ports Authority dispatched his own press release on the matter.

He stated, “I accept, 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.”

It remains unclear how the relationship will be with Pastor Skelton-Cline and the hierarchy of the Duffs Bottom Church.


26 Responses to “Pastor Skelton-Cline takes leave after NLBC distances itself from him!”

  • wize up (14/02/2019, 20:09) Like (30) Dislike (2) Reply
    there is room at the Adina Donovan Home because my colleague was booted from Detroit ; Port Authority; Skelton Group of Companies and New Life....he better hope VIP forms the next administration: could start his own biblical congregation(the Lord will provide)
  • church (14/02/2019, 20:13) Like (57) Dislike (21) Reply
    Good try but we still voting VIP
    • wize up (14/02/2019, 21:14) Like (31) Dislike (11) Reply
      @ Church: I agree with you(VIP All the Way): however if you analyze the trustees of that Church, one will find those trustees are mostly NDP affiliates(that’s the way the cookie crumbles)
      • ?? (15/02/2019, 21:13) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
        So anyone blessed with the gift of gab can build a building and invite persons to take part in a fantasy church that openly makes a mockery out of Jesus Christ’s moral standards. Can’t these people ever stay out of the news? One big clubhouse filled with sex scandals, politics, pitiful beauty competitions, and get rich quick schemes. Just leave Jesus out of you’ll ungodly mess of a drama club!!
    • Complaints (14/02/2019, 21:16) Like (21) Dislike (8) Reply
      Complaints from who ? Let's start with those one day Christians in the church. You had no discussion with the members. Head pastor, should not have fall in that trap. Enquiring minds really want to know about these numerous complaints.
  • jokers (14/02/2019, 20:48) Like (21) Dislike (18) Reply
    Bet if he was Routeing for Ronnie Skelton Infinite Cline wouldn’t say a word!!!!!When he was saying the same things and worse when John was with Ando it was not a problem to their Church ! Tell them I Say go suck some Rotton Eggs we need Claud and more man like he maybe Dikki Davis Willock ect dammm Ndola treat us horrible
    • Really? (14/02/2019, 21:11) Like (28) Dislike (7) Reply
      I do hope you are being sarcastic. That man is about self and self alone why would we the BVI NEED him?
  • Strupes (14/02/2019, 21:10) Like (21) Dislike (28) Reply
    Exactl" VIP all the way. Them feeling the pressure. Claude you keep your head up. VIP still need you . We will not turn our back on you now. We together
  • facts (14/02/2019, 23:18) Like (11) Dislike (19) Reply
    Just because the VIP going win the election they talking about stoping csc set of heskit hypocrites
  • SMH (15/02/2019, 04:38) Like (14) Dislike (2) Reply
    No difference between the Bishop and Ballhead!
  • Charley Rose (15/02/2019, 07:07) Like (29) Dislike (28) Reply
    I thank God for someone like Pastor Claud Skelton Cline for his courage to expose the crookedness of the NDP administration for the past eight years. Had it not been for him we would have been hearing blatant lies and deception. I would like him to speak about the Pier Park overspending and place some of the politicians in jail.

    God will not let him beg bread once he is speaking the truth. Nothing that is in the dark will not remain there, it will be brought to light. We need more people like him and that is why we need the whistle blowing legislation as soon as possible.
  • My Take (15/02/2019, 07:24) Like (12) Dislike (4) Reply
    Why don't they take their church back. They don't like the Bishop either. They don't come church when they looking attention. They want to run the church and the government.
    Sick of them with this behavior.
  • Lord o (15/02/2019, 08:22) Like (20) Dislike (9) Reply
    This move is dumb . Hateful .Their is nothing about it that's Godly. " They without sin let them throw the first stone " Why are they throwing all those stones . The man is free to speak his mind and express himself. . He is a freeman . He ain't no slave . He has the courage that most of his accusers lacking ...He hasn't cheated on his wife he hasn't violated anyone... Why the hate the guy...This is a move of hate / Envy . We all Created differently by the almighty with a cause and calling .let the man be.. leave judgement to the almighty . . To hear this is so upsetting. This Christian thing is a turn off
    • Really? (15/02/2019, 10:09) Like (21) Dislike (2) Reply
      This man is a preacher it is claimed. that means he is a 'man of God', right? so why should he put God and his Christian principles on hold to go spew hate and propaganda on the campaign trail? He should be speaking what God says, and encouraging people to love one another and work together.
  • Not a good image (15/02/2019, 08:41) Like (27) Dislike (9) Reply
    You all don't need to welcome him back either. He is not a good image for the church
    • @ not a good image (15/02/2019, 10:19) Like (16) Dislike (2) Reply
      Disappointed in you... What's the purpose of the church ? Its the perceive good image and good people have the church so ineffective ...Most of you all are big time under cover sinners . Live to please man. Afraid to speak out against ills and injustice in society .I'm not always in agreement with him He is special . God call him courage for that task Its the same thing you all were saying about Noel Lloyd and Ras Uhuru ......U all have a problem with people who can do and say things publicly that most of you all only can think about .. Smile at them Mr Skelton Clyne let not your heart be troubled. Be kind to them .....God is the true and rightful judge
  • Goose (15/02/2019, 09:20) Like (11) Dislike (3) Reply
    Is a bisexual divorcée a good image for the church? Because that’s all all you being getting. Talk facts. He ex-wife move from under he so can he.
  • @not a good image. (15/02/2019, 09:33) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    Please look at how you living before you judge. You don't go there so you are in no position to judge.
    Touch not god's anointed.
  • Not good (15/02/2019, 10:40) Like (20) Dislike (4) Reply
    A church should not air their dirty laundry on the street. What they should have done is have a meeting with Claude, share their concerns then ask him to make that disclaimer himself
    • #@@ (15/02/2019, 12:57) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
      @Not good
      I totally agree with you. Now the Church is wrong for how they handled this matter. What do they say now..
      The Church members need to do more than just go to ask God for forgiveness after doing wrong the night before. Talk up when things are not going right in this country. Work hard to help fix it.
    • Church? (15/02/2019, 13:36) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
      What church? That's is a popularity club. The fatter your tithe check the greater your position in the kingdom.... Sorry I mean church. That place is a hub of drama and gossip.
  • qc (15/02/2019, 11:56) Like (11) Dislike (3) Reply
    we with CSC and the VIP all the way yall
  • wellwow (15/02/2019, 12:06) Like (20) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is why I don't do the church scene although my family always encourage me to com with them once in awhile. I recall about 13 years ago John cline caught up in a divorce saga from his Jamaican wife, also I recall hearing in the office after 10 years of denying that the child was his, he confessed to his church. we the public did not get an official statement on the separation of the church from Mr. Joe Grind then. Somebody please explain this political church move to me. Quote the scripture, do something! wht goes for the goose should go for the gander, down there looser than Lucy
  • BA (15/02/2019, 12:27) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Meeting what meeting this man will never change str
  • Real Deal (15/02/2019, 14:31) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    What about the first divorce, before his second one.
    What a drama indeed.
    What example is he portraying for the members of his church.
    Don't get me wrong I love to hear him preach the gospel; however he needs to set a good example.
    He should have never divorce his first wife in the first place.
    She is such a sweet lady.
    • @Real Deal (15/02/2019, 17:14) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      When you don't live with people stop judging situations you don't understand.

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