Stratford pastor fired, rehired then fired again

STRATFORD – Just one week after officials of the Stratford Baptist church reversed their firing of their long-time pastor following allegations he stole from parishioners – they fired him again.

On Sunday the church’s trustees voted 53 to 25 to fire Rev. Dr. Robert Genevicz after he refused to step down, church sources said.

Church officials did not return emails for comment.

The American Baptist Churches of Connecticut recently removed recognition of Genevicz’s ordination.

Genevicz could not be reached for comment.

Genevicz, 67, is charged with first-degree larceny for allegedly scamming a 71-year-old retired Stratford school teacher and member of his flock out of more than $173,000 – the victim’s life savings. Since his arrest Genevicz was served with a lawsuit by Cathy Devack, of Trumbull, who claims Genevicz defrauded her 88-year-old father of about $200,000.

Church officials had voted to fire Genevicz but later invalidated the vote. Church sources said under pressure from congregants another vote was taken.

Daniel Tepfer