Bap­tist preacher faces law­suit

Al­legedly de­frauded par­ish­ioner who suf­fered stroke

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AN­DREW RICHARD­SON arichard­son@somd­

Court doc­u­ments re­cently ob­tained by the Mary­land In­de­pen­dent re­veal that a prom­i­nent South­ern Mary­land Bap­tist preacher and his wife cur­rently face a law­suit brought on by a 72-year-old par­ish­ioner af­ter the cou­ple al­legedly de­frauded him for a large sum of money un­der their care while he re­cov­ered from a stroke. The plain­tiff is re­quest­ing $500,000 in dam­ages and all other re­lief the court deems fit.

A for­mer pas­tor at Hugh­esville Bap­tist Church and cur­rent direc­tor of mis­sions at Po­tomac Bap­tist As­so­ci­a­tion of Mary­land, Keith D. Cor­rick of Leonard­town and his wife, Teresa D. Cor­rick, are fac­ing a pend­ing civil suit in Charles County Cir­cuit Court, and have since at­tempted to file bank­ruptcy, court records in­di­cate. Their two sons, Brian and Gre­gory Cor­rick, are also listed as de­fen­dants along with Stacey Cor­rick, Gre­gory’s wife.

The Po­tomac Bap­tist As­so­ci­a­tion of Mary­land has 33 af­fil­i­ated churches lo­cated through­out Charles, Calvert, Prince Ge­orge’s and St. Mary’s coun­ties.

The plain­tiff al­leges that Keith and Teresa “took money and other as­sets … and dis­trib­uted th­ese as­sets to them­selves, to their fam­ily mem­bers, and to their cred­i­tors,” af­ter the el­derly man was in­duced to sign over power of at­tor­ney to them from his hos­pi­tal bed, just days af­ter suf­fer­ing a stroke, court records in­di­cate.

On Oct. 30, 2011, the then

67–year–old man suf­fered a stroke and was hos­pi­tal­ized, court records show. At the time, Keith served as a pas­tor at Hugh­esville Bap­tist Church, where the plain­tiff was a par­ish­ioner.

On Nov. 4, 2011, af­ter the cou­ple al­legedly of­fered to man­age his fi­nan­cial af­fairs for him, the plain­tiff ap­pointed Teresa as his at­tor­ney–in–fact and Keith as the al­ter­nate.

Af­ter his re­lease from the hos­pi­tal, the plain­tiff lived with Gre­gory and Stacey Cor­rick in St. Mary’s County from De­cem­ber 2011 to late Septem­ber 2014.

The durable power of at­tor­ney re­mained in force un­til it was re­voked by the plain­tiff on Oct. 6, 2014.

Dur­ing his stay with the Cor­rick fam­ily, the plain­tiff claims he bought a 10–acre plot of land, “Bear Ridge,” in Bar­bour County, W. Va., for $23,650 on June 28, 2012, from Keith and Teresa, though the ti­tle for the land was not trans­ferred for an­other two years, court records show.

“In the sum­mer of 2013 … Stacey L. Cor­rick bragged that her mother–in–law Teresa Diane Cor­rick had ‘ma­nip­u­lated’ the plain­tiff into ‘buy­ing’ the Bear Ridge prop­erty, and ‘[he] … thinks he owns prop­erty in West Vir­ginia, but re­ally he doesn’t,’” the com­plaint states. The plain­tiff fur­ther al­leged that the trans­fer of the land ti­tle over two years later was an ef­fort to “cover the tracks of one of their many wrong­ful acts.”

Keith Cor­rick and the at­tor­neys on both sides of the pend­ing lit­i­ga­tion have de­clined comment on the case.

How­ever, the de­fen­dants re­sponded to the plain­tiff’s com­plaint on March 21, and de­nied all allegations of de­fraud­ing the man, court records show. Keith, Teresa, Brian, Gre­gory and Stacey Cor­rick all signed the doc­u­ment.

Two weeks later on April 8, Keith and Teresa filed for joint–bank­ruptcy un­der Chap­ter 7 in U.S. District Court of Green­belt, though the case was dis­missed af­ter they failed to com­ply with the court–or­dered in­struc­tion to re-file bank­ruptcy un­der Chap­ter 13, court records in­di­cate. Gen­er­ally, debtors are dis­qual­i­fied from a Chap­ter 7 bank­ruptcy fil­ing if their reg­u­lar in­come is deemed too high by the court. A Chap­ter 13 fil­ing is a re-or­ga­ni­za­tional bank­ruptcy in which the debtor can pay back at least a por­tion of what is owed to cred­i­tors through a pay­ment plan, rather than liq­ui­dat­ing all non-ex­empt as­sets through a Chap­ter 7 fil­ing.

Keith Cor­rick’s bank­ruptcy fil­ing in­di­cates that his salary as direc­tor of mis­sions at the Po­tomac Bap­tist As­so­ci­a­tion is more than $93,000.

A grad­u­ate of New Or­leans Bap­tist The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary and Washington Bible Col­lege, Keith Cor­rick has pa­s­tored at four dif­fer­ent churches over 31 years — Yale Heights Bap­tist Mis­sion, Beltsville Bap­tist Church, Lib­erty Bap­tist Church and Hugh­esville Bap­tist Church — be­fore ac­cept­ing the po­si­tion as direc­tor of mis­sions at the Po­tomac Bap­tist As­so­ci­a­tion of Mary­land, ac­cord­ing to the PBA web­site. He has also served on many lev­els of state and as­so­ci­ated de­nom­i­na­tion work, in­clud­ing a term as vice–pres­i­dent of the Bap­tist Con­ven­tion of Mary­land and Delaware gen­eral mis­sion board.

Teresa Cor­rick serves as the women’s min­istry leader for the PBA, ac­cord­ing to court records.

Gre­gory Cor­rick is the head var­sity base­ball coach and for­mer ath­letic direc­tor at South­ern Mary­land Chris­tian Academy in White Plains. Brian Cor­rick serves as a pas­tor at Geth­se­mane Bap­tist Church in Glenelg, the PBA web­site states.

Af­ter a June 1 hear­ing in Charles County Cir­cuit Court was va­cated due to the bank­ruptcy fil­ing, the next hear­ing date for the civil case is pend­ing, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments.

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