The coming months could determine the future of Pastor Fletcher Brothers and Freedom Village — the 150-acre ministry he built near Lakemont, Yates County, on the west bank of Seneca Lake.
Among the challenges: In a lawsuit, the son of a former supporter is seeking more than $1.5 million in what he claims is an unresolved loan — litigation that, if successful, could cripple Freedom Village.
Pastor Fletcher Brothers marches along side floats from Freedom Village in the Waterloo Memorial Day Parade last month. Photo by Greg Cotterill, Finger Lakes News Radio.
And former staff members maintain they are owed nearly $1 million in back pay. The brouhaha between Brothers and disaffected staffers reached such intensity late last year that the board of trustees — a group that court records show has done little for years — unsuccessfully tried to oust Brothers.
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