‘Saint’ Fred

Mister Rogers, the iconic television host, was a Presbyterian minister—but his show touched people of all faiths. (By Jonathan Merritt, The Atlantic). After Amy Melder became a Christian at the age of six, she set out to evangelize everyone she cared about. One of the names on the top of her…...

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Sunday Vote Means a Likely Move for One of Mecklenburg’s Oldest Presbyterian Churches

(By Jim Morrill, Charlotte Observer, N.C.) The congregation of Steele Creek Presbyterian Church  [PCUSA] voted Sunday to explore a merger, beginning a process that could mean abandoning the site that’s been its home for 257 years. Steele Creek, Mecklenburg County’s second-oldest house of worship, finds itself in the path of a…...

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The Life and Times of Redeemer Presbyterian Church (PCA)

(By Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra, The Gospel Coalition). The church members gathered for coffee hour at Redeemer Presbyterian Church knew something was wrong when the polite man quickly shouldering his way through the crowd—“Excuse me, excuse me”—was followed seconds later by uniformed police. The man had robbed an adjacent parking garage…...

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Turkey Levels Charges Against Andrew Brunson

(EPConnection news release). Turkish media is reporting May 19 that EPC teaching elder Andrew Brunson is being accused of being a “Kurdish sympathizer” and a “Gülenist.” The timing of the media reports potentially reveals Turkey’s response to President Trump and Vice President Pence’s pleas to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on…...

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El Calvario Presbyterian [ECO] Hopes to Buy Church Building, Expand Outreach

(By Kristin Hoppa, The Waco Tribune-Herald, Texas). A fundraising effort kicked off Saturday for El Calvario Presbyterian Church featuring a fellowship of faith, family and a little Zumba. The church is hoping to buy the property where it operates and expand its community service efforts. “We have a vision for…...

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Trump, Pence Press Andrew Brunson’s Release to Turkish President Erdoğan in White House Meetings

(EPConnection article). In meetings held on May 16, U.S. President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence appealed to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for Andrew Brunson’s release. Brunson, an Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) teaching elder, has been imprisoned in Izmir, Turkey, since October 2016. The EPC received reports from two…...

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Presbyterians Mourn Iconic Loss, Bravely Look Ahead

(By Nancy Wilstach, the Shelby County Reporter, Ala.) For 120 years, the elegant white brick church stood at the corner of Alabama and Shelby streets in Montevallo, its iconic stained glass window guarding its flock and extending an invitation to any lost sheep who happened by. Sadly, much of the Montevallo…...

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President Gets Failing Grade from African American Clergy

(By Rick  Jones, Presbyterian News Service). African American clergy gathered in Washington, D.C. today saying they are concerned about the political, racial, ethnic, economic and academic climate in America. The group held a news conference outside of the United Methodist Building, urging the new administration to take a second look at…...

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Trump Commits to Securing American Pastor’s Release from Prison in Turkey

(By Perry Chiaramonte, FoxNews). President Trump has committed himself to ensuring the return of an American pastor wrongfully imprisoned in Turkey since last fall, according to the U.S. attorney who represents him and his family. The Rev. Andrew C. Brunson, who pastored a Protestant church in Turkey’s West Coast town of…...

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Even in Canada, Conservative Churches Are Growing

Mainline churches with evangelical leanings outpace their liberal counterparts, study says. (By Kate Shellnutt, Christianity Today). Amid the decades-long decline in mainline Protestantism in North America, researchers in Canada recently found an “elusive sample” of congregations whose growth has bucked the trend.   The key characteristic these exceptional Anglican, Presbyterian,…...

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