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Pastor James Coates remains in maximum security prison, and Praise God GraceLife Church remains open

Sheila Gunn Reid provides an update from outside of GraceLife Church, just west of Edmonton, Alberta where the church's pastor, James Coates, remains behind bars.

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

Supporters of jailed pastor James Coates march outside the Edmonton courthouse where he was scheduled for a hearing regarding his bail release conditions on Thursday, March 4, 2021. Coates is in remand after failing to comply with COVID-19 public health regulations at his GraceLife Church in Parkland County.
Supporters of jailed pastor James Coates march outside the Edmonton courthouse where he was scheduled for a hearing regarding his bail release conditions on Thursday, March 4, 2021. Coates is in remand after failing to comply with COVID-19 public health regulations at his GraceLife Church in Parkland County. PHOTO BY DAVID BLOOM /Postmedia

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.

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