SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The largest Presbyterian church in the region — First and Calvary Presbyterian — is stepping away from a denomination that it says is caught up in a political agenda.
In the church’s 85-year history, it has changed affiliation before.
Today’s change was something many big Presbyterian churches across the country are doing and members of the church say it is a step in the right direction for their congregation.
Its a historic decision for a historic church in the heart of Springfield, which happens to fall on the day of its annual picnic.
“This new denomination is less hierarchical, or less involved in your day to day things.”
First and Calvary Church elder Charlie Lyons says congregation leaders have been contemplating a break away from the traditional Presbyterian Church (USA) for more than a year.
“Things were happening at a national level in the denomination that were causing members some problems,” said Lyons.