Largest Presbyterian church in Texas sees hope in new conservative affiliation

hppc logoBy Michael Gryboski

A congregation that was once the largest Presbyterian Church (USA) church in Texas has been encouraged by its new affiliation with a more conservative body.

Highland Park Presbyterian Church of Dallas, which terminated its voluntary affiliation with PC (USA) earlier this year over theological differences, decided to join the Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians, (ECO), a recently created and more theologically conservative Reform body.

The Rev. Joe Rightmyer, Highland Park’s interim senior pastor, told The Christian Post that the relationship between his congregation and ECO has been going strong.

“Highland Park Presbyterian Church (HPPC) has had a very active season since it joined ECO on October 28, 2013,” said Rightmyer. “The new relationship between HPPC and ECO has already been encouraging. The theological unity gained by this change has lifted the spirit of HPPC’s congregation.”

Rightmyer also told CP about how “planning has already begun for several joint efforts between HPPC and ECO.”