By Alva James-Johnson, The Ledger-Enquirer. (Columbus, Ga.)
Starting Sunday [9/20/15], members of Grace Presbyterian Church will worship at a building owned by Rock Presbyterian Church, a predominantly Korean congregation located in a former movie theater at The Landings.
The arrangement comes in the wake of both churches separating from the Presbyterian Church (USA) over gay marriage and other doctrinal issues.
Former members of First Presbyterian started Grace Presbyterian in April, after an effort to split from the denomination fell eight votes shy of the two-thirds required for dismissal. Their first few worship services were held at Shearith Israel Synagogue at 6727 River Road. When the group outgrew that facility, they moved to a Teen Challenge building at 5304 Hurst Drive.
The Rev. Chuck Hasty, who was pastor of First Presbyterian when the controversial vote occurred, is now pastor of Grace Presbyterian. He said the congregation averages about 180 people on Sundays and needed additional space.
So the Rev. Sam Park, pastor of Rock Presbyterian, extended an invitation at a meeting with Hasty and an elder after Hasty started in August.