Church calls in cops to remove 81-year-old on mission
IT WAS a Sunday church service Yeppoon's Ron Gallagher won't forget anytime soon after he says police were called to remove him on the weekend.
Mr Gallagher, 81, claims he was told to leave the Yeppoon Wesleyan Methodist Church service after trying to reach out to church-goers, by handing out pamphlets.
"I just wanted people to read my material and open their minds," Ron said.
Ron yesterday told The Bulletin he had attended the church for more than five years, and believed the old-fashioned teachings of the church were being left behind.
That's when he put his thoughts on the pamphlets.
But giving out pamphlets caused a disturbance, and Ron said he had been cautioned before. He said he believed the Church was introducing non-Christian aspects, and he didn't agree with this direction.
But Pastor Ron McClintock said that was how Ron had interpreted it.
He explained that the pamphlets weren't the issue, it was the behaviour that was causing a problem in the building.
"It is regrettable, my heart breaks for the man. We've endeavoured to work with him and it came to the point where he became unreasonable on Sunday - we wish him all the best."
In the meantime, Ron reckons he'll be back at church this Sunday.