Appeals Court Hears Oral Arguments in PCUSA Defamation Case Brought by Roger Dermody

(By Leslie Scanlon, The Presbyterian Outlook). FRANKFORT, Ky. – A three-judge Kentucky Court of Appeals panel heard oral arguments June 26 in Roger Dermody’s appeal of a state court ruling in the defamation lawsuit he filed in May 2015 against the Presbyterian Church (USA). Dermody, the PCUSA’s former deputy executive director…...

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222nd General Assembly Amendments Roundup

(By Stephen Salyards, The Presbyterian Outlook). The cycle of [Presbyterian Church (USA)] General Assemblies bring with them a certain rhythm. And as we reach the midway point between the last GA and the next, we mark the completion of the presbyteries’ amendment voting process and the publication of a new Book…...

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Weaver Elected EPC Moderator

The Rev. Dean Weaver was elected yesterday (6/12/17) as the moderator of the 37th General Assembly of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. Weaver, pastor of Memorial Park Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Allison Park, Pa., is a member of the EPC’s Presbytery of the Alleghenies. Years ago, Weaver and his church were…...

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EPC Opening Worship: Passing the Faith from Generation to Generation

The 37th General Assembly of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church began yesterday (6/21/17) at Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church in Fair Oaks, Calif., with worship and a sermon by the church’s pastor. The Rev. Kirk Bottomly based his sermon on the GA’s theme “Generation to Generation,” reading from Psalm 78:4-7 and Psalm 145:1;4-7.…...

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PCUSA Church to Close Doors

(By Bridget Ortigo, The Jacksonville Progress, Texas) One of Jacksonville’s historic churches is set to close its doors on June 25 after more than 145 years serving the community. First Presbyterian Church in Jacksonville, which was established in 1871 will have its final worship service at 10:30 a.m. on June 25 and…...

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PCA Experiences More Growth in 2016

A third Presbyterian denomination experienced growth during the past year. Along with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church and ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians, the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) grew in almost all categories during 2016. In total membership, the PCA increased by 3,829 people, from 370,332 in 2015…...

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Following Two Year ‘Storm,’ Virginia Church Dismissed from PCUSA to ECO

The process took two years to complete, but First Presbyterian Church Gloucester, Va., is now a member of ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians after being dismissed from the Presbyterian Church (USA) in April. The Presbytery of Eastern Virginia dismissed the congregation by a vote of 77-8 at its…...

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The One Thing All Christian Persecution Has in Common

(By Brian Orme, Open Doors). There’s one thing I often forget when it comes to Christian persecution. One thing that can easily slip my mind when I read about the senseless violence on Palm Sunday in Egypt, the calculated murder of Christians in Nigeria by Boko Haram, the kidnapping of Pastor…...

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EPC Continues to Grow in 2016

The Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) experienced another year of growth in 2016 – adding 26 churches and 967 members during the year. The denomination also increased its worship attendance by more than 2,000. By the end of 2016, the EPC had 150,042 members, an increase of 967 from the 2015…...

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ECO Gains 78 Churches in 2016

The newest Presbyterian denomination continued to grow in 2016. ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians gained 78 churches and approximately 18,475 members last year. While the 2016 membership numbers have not been completely finalized yet, Stated Clerk Dana Allin said that the numbers so far show that at the…...

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