Bill Bynum says Hope Credit Union is his ministry, giving predominantly Black communities a place to bank.
The two sides will meet soon in federal appeals court.
This long-offered benefit is no longer as attractive to employees.
A House committee holds a hearing to consider the impact of post-recession reforms on small banks and credit unions.
Credit unions used to be a banking oasis free from fees. But slowly, credit unions are starting to charge for checking accounts and raising minimums to avoid fees.