Hendersonville’s First Presbyterian Church voted Wednesday night to withdraw from their long-term affiliation with the Presbyterian Church-USA and begin an affiliation with the more conservative Evangelical Presbyterian Church.
Well over 330 church members filled the sanctuary Wednesday night to vote on the issue. A presiding minister with the Presbytery of Western North Carolina announced the vote total: 270 vote TO join the most conservative denominations…and only 62 votes to remain with the Presbyterian Church-USA.
The move to leave PC-USA was supported by Senior Pastor Bill Campbell and by First Presbyterian’s Associate Pastor Carolyn Poteet.
A task force will be appointed to handle the legal transfer of the church’s real property on Seventh Avenue and Grove Street to the Evangelical Presbyterian Church denomination and to guide the church through the transition.
Changes of denominations are nothing new to the the First Presbyterian Church in Hendersonville, as the church and its membership has held on over the years to more conservative and fundamental Christian values. The most recent split and change of denomination happened several decades ago, when conservative members of First Presbyterian withdrew from the church because of its affiliation with the Presbyterian Church-USA and formed the more conservative Covenant Presbyterian Church which is affilated with the Presbyterian Church In America denomination..
Pastor Bill Campbell stated Wednesday night…”Dear fiends…we’re going to focus with all our hearts on ministry.”
By Larry Freeman
Updated 2:30am 6/6/13