CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The senior pastor of one of Charlotte's churches is on paid administrative leave following a human resources complaint.
Leaders at Calvary Church on Pineville-Matthews Road in south Charlotte e-mailed members this week to tell them Dr. John Munro would not be in the pulpit until the matter is resolved.
The letter explained that an internal complaint had been made at the church, "alleging a violation of the church's employee handbook." It did not provide details, citing concerns about privacy.
Dr. Munro has been Calvary's senior pastor since 2006, according to the church website.
He was most recently known as a source of information about Nancy Writebol, the Calvary church member and missionary who contracted the Ebola virus while working in a Liberian hospital.
Radio show "Back to the Bible" also announced this week it had terminated its contract with Munro, but didn't elaborate.
Church members expressed disbelief Sunday night.
"I'm shocked and I'm sad," said Elizabeth Carrasquillo. "Hopefully it will be resolved because he's an amazing pastor."
Munro sent a brief e-mail to NBC Charlotte following a message left on his home answering machine.
"Thanks for your call," he said. "I don't have anything to give on the record at this point, but I will be happy to do so at the appropriate time. Thank you."
The letter to members promised a prompt and neutral investigation. It says the church has hired an outside investigator to look into the complaint.
Carrasquillo said she hopes the problems get worked out, and Munro gets back to the pulpit.
"I look forward to every Sunday service, because it is truly God's message," she said.