By Michael Gryboski, The Christian Post
In October 2013, a supermajority of the congregation voted to end their affiliation with PCUSA and join the smaller, more conservative ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians.
“The funds for the settlement were raised entirely by the generous giving of the congregation of Highland Park Presbyterian Church. HPPC did not take on any debt to pay the settlement,” Zack House, a spokesman for the church, told The Christian Post.
The $7.8 million settlement amount the church paid to the PCUSA Presbytery of Grace on Monday was part of an agreement the two parties made in September, after a previous attempt to reach a settlement agreement in March 2013 had failed. The amount was based off of the total fair market value of the church’s property divided by the percentage of those who voted to remain affiliated with PCUSA.