By Rachael Lee, Christianity Daily.
The formerly known Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, located in Rowland Heights, was one of the largest Korean PCUSA congregations in California, and had pursued to be dismissed from the PCUSA under its presbytery (San Gabriel Presbytery)’s Gracious Dismissal Policy (GDP), but the presbytery stopped the GDP process before its completion. The minority congregation that desired to remain within PCUSA then maintained the name Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) and remained in the presbytery, while the majority of the congregants (including then senior pastor Reverend Tae Hyung Ko) disaffiliated themselves from the PCUSA and joined the ECO, becoming Good Shepherd Church (ECO). The ECO congregation sent a letter to the San Gabriel Presbytery of its decision to affiliate with the ECO in late March, and officially joined the denomination in May.
However, the San Gabriel Presbytery and Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) sued Good Shepherd Church (ECO), Reverend Tae Hyung Ko, and the church session for continuing to use the same church property even after disaffiliating themselves from the PCUSA.