Gloriavale leaver launches High Court civil proceedings against leaders

A former Gloriavale member is taking legal action against the West Coast Christian community, accusing leaders of “dereliction of duty” towards their followers.

John Ready filed civil proceedings in the High Court at Greymouth on Wednesday seeking the removal of the trustees that govern Gloriavale for poor conduct, mismanagement and dereliction of duty.

A group of former members, including James Harrison and Virginia Courage, gathered outside the court on Wednesday to support Ready. Many cried and cheered as he emerged after filing the papers.