The church voted by 87 percent on Nov. 1 to disaffiliate from the Presbyterian Church (USA).
A Nov. 19th letter from the clerk of session — N. A. Stuart, III, MD — announced the news.
“It is with great pleasure that I can announce that First Presbyterian Church was approved for admission into ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians, last evening. The ECO Presbytery of Texas and Louisiana sent a team to San Antonio, consisting of: Bob Bullock, moderator of the Presbytery; Monty Montgomery, team member from Highland Park Presbyterian in Dallas; and Chris French, team member from Grace Presbyterian in Houston. The session was interviewed as were Ron, Scott and Chris Via. Afterwards the team met and unanimously approved and formally received the congregation, Ron Scates, Scott Simpson, and Chris Via for admission into ECO.
“Please visit our new denomination’s website: http://eco-pres.org. Our name should show up shortly on their map. Under “resources” one can find the “ECO Polity and Discipline,” which corresponds to the Book of Order, and the “Essential Tenets of ECO.”
“Pray that God would use our new denomination to encourage and support us into new and exciting areas of ministry and that everyone would view this not as an ending of a chapter, but as a new beginning for our beloved church serving Jesus Christ, who makes all things new.