When the parishioners of Zion Baptist Church voted last month to remove Carlton Veazey as pastor, it appeared that months of ill will would finally end. Last November, a group of church members asked for Veazey’s removal after alleging that his conduct was unbecoming his position; when Veazey and his accusers failed at reconciliation, Zion’s board referred the matter to the general membership. On July 22, the members voted to terminate Veazey’s contract, thereby ending the episode—or so it would seem. Earlier this month, Veazey filed suit in U.S. District Court claiming, among other things, that the vote was rigged; for being wrongfully discharged he’d like the heavenly sum of $5 million. The church won’t comment about the suit, but on Monday the board affirmed its position: Veazey is history, and lawsuit or not, Zion will pay him six months of severance and 12 months of health and life insurance.