Nevada Appeal staff report
Charlene Rodman, church administrator, said Monday the decision was made with about 90 percent of those voting in favor of the change. The Rev. Bruce Kochsmeier, the congregation’s senior pastor who previously said the probable change was designed to continue supporting Biblical authority, cast the new affiliation in a positive light Monday.
“Our biggest hope is that this will be inclusive for everyone,” he said, as well as “a step toward greater inclusivity.”
Before the vote, he explained earlier, the decision to consider change came in the aftermath of Presbyterian Church (USA) easing its outlook on gay clergy and marriage. He said then that there is nothing in the local congregation’s anticipated decision that should be viewed as homophobic, but it relates to essential tenets and Biblical authority rather than taking direction from the culture in general.