POSTED: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - 11:34am
UPDATED: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - 11:44am
Longview,TX — Longview will have a new Presbyterian church after members of First Presbyterian Church of Longview voted in favor of leaving their national denomination over its decision to allow ordination of non-celibate homosexuals.
The move will create a new church known as Evangelical Presbyterian Church Longview.
More than 370 members of First Presbyterian turned out for a congregational meeting Sunday evening to vote whether to leave or stay with the denomination, or to stay with the church’s property regardless, according to a prepared statement Monday from Grace Presbytery of Dallas, the local church’s governing authority.
The vote was 282 in favor of leaving the Presbyterian Church of the USA and joining Evangelical Presbyterian Church; 84 in favor of remaining with the denomination, and six voting to stay with the property regardless of denomination affiliation.
Read more from the Longview News-Journal here.