Black Pastor Under Fire for 'Only White' Greeters Request

Charlotte, N.C., Pastor Makeda Pennycooke has apologized after asking that "only white people" serve as greeters during the 9 a.m. Sunday service. 

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Freedom House Church (WBTV screenshot)

Makeda Pennycooke, a Charlotte, N.C., pastor, has issued an apology to the congregation at Freedom House Church after asking that "only white people" serve as greeters during the 9 a.m. Sunday service, according to WBTV.

A viewer contacted WBTV after getting an email from Pastor Makeda Pennycooke, an African-American woman, at Freedom House Church along Salome Church Road.

The email was sent to a group of church volunteers who act as greeters for the church's 9 a.m. service ...

In the email, Pastor Pennycooke reminds volunteers that fall is one of the busiest times of year for the church.

"We anticipate having an increase in the number of people visiting and attending Freedom House over the next few weeks," Pastor Pennycooke says in the email.

She then says that "first impressions matter" and says the church wants "the best of the best on the front doors."

"We are continuing to work to bring our racial demographic pendulum back to mid-line," she continued in the email. "So we would like to ask that only white people be on the front doors."

Read more at WBTV and the Huffington Post.

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