Church in Ontario Fined $38,000 for Holding In-Person Church Service With More Than 200 People

Trinity Bible Chapel and six elders have been fined $38k and must also pay $45K in legal fees. (Trinity Bible Chapel Website)

Trinity Bible Chapel in Woolwich Township and six church elders have been fined $38,000 after being found in contempt of a court for holding in-person church services.

The church and the elders, which include pastor Jacob Reaume, have also been ordered to pay $45,000 in legal costs.

A Kitchener courtroom heard that more than 200 people gathered for a church service on Jan. 24, which went against the Reopening Ontario Act. It also contravened a court injunction obtained by the province’s Attorney General, which told the church to follow the requirements under the Reopening Ontario Act.

That court injunction was issued after the church on Lobsinger Line was ticketed on Dec. 27 and Jan. 3 for hosting gatherings of more than 10 people.

In a court decision, Justice Paul Sweeny said he was “satisfied beyond a reasonable doubt that the church intentionally acted in a manner that was in breach of the order when approximately 225 people gathered inside the church” on Jan. 24.

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