Your rights to due process, confront your accusers, and be innocent until proven guilty are rights you have in a criminal proceeding when you are accused of a crime by the government. These rights do not govern your interactions between other citizens, or between yourself and the church council. You may have rights with respect to any discharge proceedings, but they are not necessarily the ones you mention. You should contact an employment lawyer to discuss your case.
You likely have little-to-no legal recourse against your church for your recent termination as Sr. Pastor. Because your employment as St. Pastor assumedly was not of the secular realm, any causes of action you might otherwise have had are likely barred by the ministerial exception. In other words, if your termination was the result of some sort of unlawful discrimination, e.g., because of age or race, you can not go after your employer because, as the Supreme Court recently held, "Religion clauses bar the government from interfering with the decision of a religious group to fire one of its ministers."
Of course more facts are needed about your situation. And, to be sure, it is always a good idea to consult with an attorney about your situation. You should speak with an employment attorney.
Adam W. Klotz
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