Governing body moves to oust First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem’s pastor, replace leadership
By Sarah Wojcik, The Morning Call.
A dispute over denominational identity has taken another divisive turn in Bethlehem, where the Lehigh Presbytery is canceling its contract with the new pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem and preparing to push aside church elders.
The latest developments in the dispute that has migrated to the courts comes as the congregation is poised to vote Sunday on whether to split from the Presbyterian Church (USA) without approval from the presbytery.
The move by the Lehigh Presbytery is just the kind of action that First Presbyterian leaders sought to ward off when they filed an injunction motion on June 10 that raised concerns that they would be subjected to a “hostile takeover.”
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