By Amy McCraw
A recent vote to change its denominational affiliation will bring about a new name for Hendersonville’s First Presbyterian Church, but it will not change the church’s focus, Pastor Bill Campbell said recently.
“We’ve been saying all along when it comes to our local church, there is not that much change. The only real change is a lot of excitement,” he said. “We are seeing a lot of growth. The church is stronger now than before the vote.”
The church voted in June to change its affiliation from Presbyterian Church USA to the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. The vote passed with 81 percent of members in favor of the move to the more conservative denomination. Attendance increased 15 percent in the weeks after the June vote, church leaders reported.
Campbell credited the overwhelming vote in favor of change to the increasing dissatisfaction of many members with the direction of Presbyterian USA in recent years.