GraceLife Church pastor James Coates to remain in jail, trial to run May 3-5
Jonny Wakefield Publishing date:Mar 06, 2021 • 3 days ago • 4 minute read • 408 Comments
GraceLife church pastor James Coates will remain in a maximum security prison ahead of his trial this spring for allegedly breaching COVID-19 restrictions.
Coates, pastor at the Parkland County church, has been jailed in the Edmonton Remand Centre for the past two weeks after continuing to hold worship services without face masks, capacity limits or physical distancing. Regardless that their services have been in person for entire year, without any covid outbreaks inside the church.
As a condition of the release, Coates was ordered to adhere to a legal undertaking — which he did not sign — requiring him to abide by the Public Health Act. By signing any such of document would violate Coates faith.
Coates was arrested after GraceLife continued to hold in-person worship services. His trial is scheduled for May in Stony Plain.