CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - "I love my church. I love everything about them,” Amanda Zilliken told FOX 46. She feels Elevation Church has changed her life.
"It's a big huge church with a small feel. I really just loved it.”
But what happened to her on Sunday changed her for the worse.
"Everything was just wrong about the whole situation."
The mother of three says she got out her Bible.
"Pastor Steven had just come out and was in the middle of talking about his series bars and battles which I was so excited to hear."
She started breastfeeding her baby girl just like she does every week during the sermon, but this time, she says a volunteer asked her to leave.
"She comes down with her flashlight and says can you come with me to the mother's area. She has to shine a flashlight because you can't see. Now everybody's turned around. I was going to talk to her, but when you have everybody looking at you, it's embarrassing.
She says the woman led her to this bathroom to finish feeding her infant. Once done, Amanda says she talked to staff who she says belittled the situation.
"I never got an apology from anyone. No one contacted me to find out what happened. I was so upset at the way they handled it, the response they gave. Why couldn't someone just call me and apologize?"
Elevation Church leadership told us they do not have a policy against nursing in the sanctuary and that the volunteer believed Amanda agreed with her to leave the service.
The C.F.O. for Elevation says they have several designated areas for nursing moms at Ballantyne and are sorry that this in anyway offended anyone.
As for Amanda, she's not sure she will go back to Elevation to worship - ever again.