By Annysa Johnson of the Journal Sentinel
Beset by financial problems — brought on in part by a for-profit day care center it opened — New Life Presbyterian Church at 3410 W. Silver Spring Drive voted last month to dissolve itself. The church is the latest iteration of a Milwaukee congregation founded as Newminster Presbyterian in the late 1800s.
Now, the Presbytery of Milwaukee will take up the issue at a special meeting at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Greenfield Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1455 S. 97th St., in West Allis. The presbytery, which has contributed some $250,000 to New Life over the years, will spend an additional $60,000 to get its financial affairs in order.
The Rev. Craig M. Howard, who heads the Presbytery of Milwaukee, said an audit of the church’s books showed nothing amiss. In fact, he said, New Life’s pastor, the Rev. Terrell Cistrunk, had not taken a salary in two years and had been subsidizing the ministry out of her own pocket for years.
“At the end of the day,” Howard said, “it was worshipping about 30 people, and though it had great vitality, there wasn’t enough money to pay its bills.”