A Presbyterian church in Spartanburg is trying to cut ties with its denomination, the Presbyterian Church (USA).
On Feb. 10, 86 percent of the congregation of Westminster Presbyterian Church on Fernwood Drive voted to leave the Foothills Presbytery, the regional council of the Presbyterian Church (USA), and move to the ECO — A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians. Their request to be dismissed will be addressed at the presbytery’s regular meeting on April 28.
The Rev. Paul Peterson, pastor of the 675-member church, refused to provide any comments on what specifically provoked the decision, but if the vote is approved, the church will become the second in the Upstate to make this move in the past year, after many others across the nation have already done so.