Church officials said they tried to resolve the issues internally but ultimately felt they had no recourse but to file a complaint against Carcaño.
“We exhausted every option at the annual conference level to resolve this and we saw evidence of inappropriate use of funds, ” said Kristin Stoneking, chair of the Council on Finance and Administration for the conference. “We saw evidence that inequitable compensation practices were taking place. We had concerns about lines of supervision and the renovation of a local church parsonage without authorization from the local church to do that.”
Another complaint alleges the bishop interfered with the authority of the California-Nevada Conference board of trustees on what to do with the valuable property of Trinity United Methodist Church in Berkeley, California.
The trial is expected to conclude Friday.
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