Preacher Resigns Methodist Post
Protests Dismissal of Fellow Clergyman
The Rev. James Gail Garst
resigned from the Wyoming Conference of the Methodist Church
in protest against dismissal of a
29-year-old minister who refused to pay income taxes.
Rev. Mr. Garst, serving the
Fairdale-Rush Circuit in the Wilkes-Barre district, withdrew his application
for full connection with the conference and said “it is my way of showing my
The conference, in executive session at its 102d
annual meeting, took action against the
Rev. Richard M. Fichter, of
Springfield, Pa., who
was charged with six rural churches in Susquehanna County.
Rev. Mr. Garst, who came
here from the Kansas Conference two years ago, sad he plans to go back to
Fichter, a deacon in the church, said he refused to pay the federal income
taxes as a “matter of Christian conscience because of the suicidal armaments
race” the money would support.