The church settled this week with Giddings-Lovejoy Presbytery for $1.1 million. Even though the church’s leaders thought they had a strong case, they thought losing their land and property wasn’t worth the risk at trial, they said. The trial was supposed to start in St. Louis County Circuit Court on Monday.
“We have never believed that the presbytery’s claim to the property was valid,” the church’s pastor, the Rev. Tom Pfizenmaier, said Thursday night. “We think we made the right spiritual decision.”