Sunday, (11/1/15) First Presbyterian Church in San Antonio voted by 87 percent to disaffiliate from the Presbyterian Church (USA).
According to information on the church web site, 1,072, of the church’s 2,202 members — 48.6 percent of the membership — attended the congregational meeting.
There were 929 votes (87.3 percent) in favor of the motion to “voluntarily terminate its association” with the PCUSA and 135 votes (12.7 percent) against the motion.
According to the San Antonio Express News, when he announced the vote results, the Rev. Ron Scates, interim pastor of the church, requested that there be no applause, and then lead the church in prayer.
“The healing and reconciliation must begin,” the paper quoted him as saying.
The recommendation to join ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians was approved by a vote of 904-152, or by 85.6 percent.
A third vote was also taken to reaffirm and ratify its current leadership who wanted to remain with the church. It was approved by a vote of 942-116, or by 89 percent.
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