By Michael Gryboski, Christian Post.
Presbyterian Church (USA)’s eighth largest member congregation voted this month to leave the Mainline denomination over theological differences and join the Evangelical Covenant of Presbyterians, a conservative denomination that has more than 280 member congregations.
Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church, a Houston, Texas-based congregation with approximately 3,700 members, was granted dismissal by the PCUSA Presbytery of New Covenant on Saturday.
Mike Cole, general presbyter for the Presbytery of New Covenant, told The Christian Post that Memorial Drive Presbyterian’s vote to leave was affirmed at the Saturday meeting.
“The presbytery dismissed them on a voice vote that was overwhelmingly in favor,” explained Cole, whose regional body has seen other churches leave the presbytery over the past few years because of the PC(USA)’s liberal theological direction.
“Following the vote, the presbytery prayed for the congregation, pastors and leaders as they transition into another denomination.”