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Pastor still in custody after opening his church. Officials are having secret hearings away from the Public

After turning himself in to Parkland RCMP on Tuesday, Feb. 16, he was arrested and charged with two counts of contravening the Public Health Act, and one criminal charge of failing to comply with a condition of an undertaking. Following a bail hearing before a Justice of the Peace, Coates was to be released on conditions. However, he remained in custody overnight after refusing to agree with said conditions. Yesterday in Stony Plain Provincial Court, he continued his refusal. A judge’s order has been issued compelling him to attend court on Wednesday, Feb. 24.
GraceLife Church Pastor James Coates remains in custody following charges, a bail hearing in front of a Justice, and a court appearance in front of a judge.

On Sunday, Feb. 14, Parkland RCMP and AHS attended GraceLife Church to assess its compliance with conditions issued to the pastor on Sunday, Feb. 7. It was determined that Coates was not obeying his undertaking release conditions and that the church was once again in defiance of public health restrictions.

pastor in jail for preaching
pastor in jail for preaching

After turning himself in to Parkland RCMP on Tuesday, Feb. 16, he was arrested and charged with two counts of contravening the Public Health Act, and one criminal charge of failing to comply with a condition of an undertaking.

Following a bail hearing before a Justice of the Peace, Coates was to be released on conditions. However, he remained in custody overnight after refusing to agree with said conditions. Yesterday in Stony Plain Provincial Court, he continued his refusal. A judge’s order has been issued compelling him to attend court on Wednesday, Feb. 24.

“We’ve been consistent in our approach of escalated levels of enforcement with Pastor Coates and we were hopeful to resolve this issue in a different manner,” said Insp. Mike Lokken. “The pastor’s actions and the subsequent effects those actions could have on the health and safety of citizens dictated our response in this situation.”

In a separate statement, Insp. Lokken addressed the fact that a member of the church’s administration is a former RCMP officer. Paul Claassen retired from the force in October 2014.

“Parkland RCMP has managed the investigation into the GraceLife Church with absolutely no influence from any member of their administration or congregation regardless of any past or present affiliation with our organization.”

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