The New Salem congregation in Memphis, TN got more than the sermon they expected in church, as two women fought tooth and nail… allegedly over Pastor Frank Ray’s extramarital affair. At first it was just the wife and the mistress going at it, but then their families joined the brawl….lawdy, lawdy.
Guess they skipped over Corinthians 13-4:8. Love is supposed to be patient and kind but in this case, seems a certain pastor’s “love” was cause for fighting. Beverly Milam (wife), her rival Terry Bell (mistress), and Terry’s daughter, Charra Lumpkin, were at the eye of the storm and created a spectacle for all to see when Beverly told Terry in no uncertain terms to “stop sleeping with somebody” (…“somebody” presumably being Pastor Frank Ray).
Welp, that did it! Sunday best turned into Sunday scuffle. Both women say the other one started it. Terry says Beverly hit her daughter, while Beverly says Angel, (Terry’s BFF), hit her in the face with an umbrella, and that’s when family “jumped in” near the choir section.
The cops were called, and officers noted some scratches and marks on the women from apparent fisticuffs, but no one was arrested and those involved refused medical treatment. We can only imagine the hell the Pastor had to pay when he and his wife got home!
Comments on the church’s message board and online vary from sympathetic and forgiving, to shocked and dismayed.