Reported by the Aquila Report.
On January 13, 2016, the session of Veto Presbyterian asked to join the Ohio Presbytery of the PCA as a mission church. On February 2, with great joy, the Ohio Presbytery voted to receive Veto as a mission church of the Presbytery, with a provisional session of members of the session of Grace Presbyterian, Hudson, Ohio, and Granville Chapel, Granville, Ohio.
After a unanimous 61-0 vote of the congregation, on December 6, 2015, Veto Presbyterian Church of Vincent, Ohio, voted to withdraw from the Presbyterian Church (USA) and join the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA).
On January 13, 2016, the Session of Veto Presbyterian asked to join the Ohio Presbytery of the PCA as a mission church. On February 2, with great joy, the Ohio Presbytery voted to receive Veto as a mission church of the presbytery, with a provisional session of made up from members of the sessions of Grace Presbyterian, Hudson, Ohio (Rhett Dodson, pastor), and Granville Chapel, Granville, Ohio (Todd Naille, pastor).
Bill Howell, a member of Veto remarked, “Veto Presbyterian Church appreciates the help provided by Grace PCA in Hudson, Ohio, who helped us as a congregation. We especially owe a debt of gratitude to Ruling Elders Scott Wolfe and Peter Miller, along with Pastor Rhett Dodson, for shepherding the Veto Church as it went through the process of finding its new affiliation in the PCA. These men spent hours answering our questions and outlining the steps we needed to take the actions that we did.”
One of the significant questions that had to be answered was the role of women in church office. Veto’s Session was comprised of six elders, five women and one man. At first it appeared that it would be easier to withdraw from the PCUSA and affiliate with a denomination that already accepted women in church office, like the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC). However, the Veto Church had long discussions on the qualifications for church office and the church concluded that male headship was the biblical pattern.
All of the ruling elders voted in favor of recommending to the congregation that the Veto Church withdraw from the PCUSA and join the PCA.