Churches leave Presbytery of Abingdon in Virginia

EPC logoTwo Virginia churches have ended their relationships with the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Thompson Valley Presbyterian Church and Mary’s Presbyterian Church, both located in Tazewell and pastored by the Rev. Danny Whitt, were dismissed from Presbytery of Abingdon in southwestern Virginia during the March 14 presbytery meeting.

Both have aligned themselves with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC).

Thompson Valley has 46 members, while Mary’s has a membership of 28.

They join four other churches that have been dismissed by Presbytery of Abingdon since June 2012.

The other churches dismissed – all to the EPC – were Clark Memorial and Hurley Presbyterian, both located in the Buchanon County town of Hurley, Va.; Walker’s Creek Chapel of Stone Memorial, found in the Smyth County town of Marion, Va.; and Norton Presbyterian, located in the Wise County town of Norton.

Walker’s Creek Chapel has the largest membership of the churches dismissed at 71. Clark Memorial has 43 members, Norton 36 and Hurley 12.

Presbytery of Abingdon, based in Wytheville, is comprised of 48 congregations in 13 counties in the southwestern region of Virginia.