Thursday 19 October 2017

Maeve Sheehan: Evangelical church trustees left reeling as their whole world comes crashing down

Receivers called in as Victory Christian Fellowship owes bank €18 million.

RAISING CONCERNS: Mike Garde of Dialogue Ireland has been critical of the group
RAISING CONCERNS: Mike Garde of Dialogue Ireland has been critical of the group
Maeve Sheehan

Maeve Sheehan

IT is Friday night and the trustees of Ireland's most talked about evangelical church are reeling from a tumultuous couple of weeks.

Their church, the Victory Christian Fellowship, owes €18m to Bank of Scotland. Receivers sent in to take possession of the church's three prime properties were blocked by staff and some of the congregation. And when the trustees failed to show up in court to answer accusations that they had ignored court orders, a High Court judge directed gardai to hunt them down.

Brendan Hade, a dapper businessman, his elegant wife Sheila, and their friend, Gerry Byrne, narrowly escaped jail on Friday when they agreed to facilitate a peaceful handover of the church's three Dublin properties to the bank's receivers at 2pm tomorrow.

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