A regional governing body has restored the governing body of an Athens Presbyterian church which was dissolved by a lower regional administrative church agency earlier this year.
The restored “session” of Central Presbyterian Church held its first meeting Sunday evening after being reinstated by the Synod of South Atlantic of the Presbyterian Church (USA), said Jeffrey Dorfman, Central Presbyterian’s treasurer. The session is similar to boards of deacons or elders in other churches.
The Central session was ordered last month to stand down by an administrative committee of the Northeast Georgia Presbytery, a group of more than 50 Presbyterian Church (USA) churches in northeast Georgia.
But the Synod of South Atlantic issued a stay on Thursday, saying the presbytery removed the session improperly, Dorfman said. The synod is a higher council of the denomination’s congregations in Georgia, Florida and South Carolina.
The synod also said the presbytery should not prevent further discussion on the underlying, sometimes rancorous dispute — whether the Central Presbyterian congregation should be allowed to leave the Presbyterian Church (USA) for a more conservative denomination, and take the church property with them as they move to affiliate with the Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians, or ECO.
Northeast Georgia Presbytery’s Information for the 2/27/26 presbytery meeting (includes The Advisory Opinion: The Trust Clause and Gracious Separation; The report of the Administrative Commission; the 9/13/15 report to the congregation of Central Presbyterian Church from the session.)