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Privette Replaced as Pastor

Posted May 10, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— After a year of divisiveness focused on a minister who was found liable for assault and battery on two church employees, a Cary church soon will have a new pastor.

On June 24, Jerry T. Smith, senior pastor at Raleigh's Asbury United Methodist Church will assume duties at White Plains United Methodist Church.

"I feel White Plains is a strong church, and I'm optimistic about the future," Smith was quoted byThe News & Observeras saying.

Smith succeeds the Rev. Ed Privette, who resigned after a civil jury ordered him to pay $420,000 in wages, medical bills and punitive damages to two female church employees who testified to Privette's hugging, kissing and touching them.

Privette has told church members he intends to start a new ministry. It is not known if the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church offered Privette another post.

Smith has previously been pastor of congregations in Fuquay-Varina and Clayton.

He will be joined by associate pastor Thomas Hollis of Plank Chapel United Methodist Church in Henderson.