Family Battles for Church Founder’s Estate

Photo: Bishop William Bonner, family photo

The family of a popular Detroit Pentecostal bishop says the national megachurch is keeping them from inheriting what they believe to be up to $10 million.

Bishop William Bonner’s two grandchildren say his survivors are being shut out of their inheritance. They believe Harlem-based Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ officials are hiding money and records about property that belongs to them.

“He warned people about it,” Grace Bonner, one of the bishop’s granddaughters told The Detroit News.

Bonner, 93, was considered a “Gospel Giant” by some members. In 1944, he founded Solomon’s Temple. The small storefront church has grown into a 2,500-seat sanctuary on E. Seven Mile Road. It was among the first churches in Detroit to broadcast its services.

He died in April after suffering from dementia and complications from a stroke.

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