Evangelical Presbyterians meet in Memphis, seal deal on ordaining women

The 30-year-old EPC, which has grown from 180 churches five years ago to 306 this year, has become a refuge for dozens of pastors and congregations that have left the more liberal PCUSA, the largest mainline Presbyterian denomination, composed of about 10,000 congregations. A small but fast-growing Presbyterian denomination meeting this week in Memphis resolved... Continue Reading

Evangelical Presbyterian Church to conduct annual General Assembly in Memphis

Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) poised to form 2 presbyteries and ratify amended means for ordaining women ministers The EPC will meet June 21-25 in Cordova, Tennessee, at Hope Presbyterian Church for its 31st General Assembly. General Assemblies are the annual gatherings of the EPC, where church representatives vote on committee recommendations and reports, vote on... Continue Reading

Growing pains: Adding 100 new congregations is changing the Evangelical Presbyterian Church

For a denomination to expand by 100 congregations in just three years bucks the trend of most North American mainline denominations that are universally in decline. Some of that growth is the result of church planting, but the vast majority is the result of congregations transferring into the EPC from the larger Presbyterian Church (USA).... Continue Reading

A not so fraternal fraternity – Evangelical Presbyterians Fraternal Relations Committee report

According to the Fraternal Relations committee, no invitation was extended for representation by the EPC at the upcoming meeting of the PCUSA where the investigating committee’s report will be heard and acted upon. When the Fraternal Relations committee met at the 30th General Assembly of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, June 24 in Englewood, Colo., there... Continue Reading

Evangelical Presbyterian Church clears way for women to serve as pastors

The 30th General Assembly of the EPC has affirmed the denomination’s historic position on the “non-essential” nature of women as teaching elders and crafted a polity solution that provides for freedom of conscience. The General Assembly met June 23-26 at Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church in Englewood, Colo. Jim Dixon, senior pastor of Cherry Hills Community... Continue Reading

Richard Pratt Preaches at EPC General Assembly – The mission of the church; centerpiece of a Biblical faith

“Many people think of the mission of the church like a room added to the house; something that is not a part of the original floor plan; something that the architect didn’t anticipate.” Thus said Richard Pratt, during his sermon at the 30th General Assembly of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. “In reality, the mission is... Continue Reading

EPC General Assembly Kicks Off with resounding report on the future of Missions

The 30th Annual General Assembly of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Meeting in Englewood, Col, began its 2010 meeting with a day of equipping “God’s People for God’s Mission.” After opening worship, the speaker of the day was Reggie McNeal, the missional leadership specialist for the evangelical para-church organization Leadership Network. “I want to start with... Continue Reading

New Wineskins Transitional Presbytery meets – hears report on Women as Teaching Elders in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church

“Hard-liners need not apply. We are going to be a different kind of denomination than the hard-lines followed by the PCUSA and the PCA.” More like a family reunion than a presbytery meeting, the commissioners to the New Wineskins Transitional Presbytery of the EPC (NWTP) gathered on June 22 in the sanctuary at Cherry Creek... Continue Reading

Preview of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church General Assembly

“Blessed” is the theme of the 30th General Assembly, which will take place Wednesday, June 23, through Saturday, June 26, at Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church in Englewood, Colorado. The Commissioner’s Handbook has been mailed to all commissioners who had registered by May 31. The Handbook can also be downloaded from the EPC website (www.epc.org). A... Continue Reading

Memphis Ruling Elder, Colorado Pastor To Be Moderator and ‘Moderator-Elect’ of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church

Elder Rob Liddon of Second PC, Memphis, TN and Pastor of Faith EPC, Aurora, CO are the picks for Moderator and Moderator-Elect, respectively. Mr. Rob Liddon, ruling elder at Second Presbyterian Church in Memphis, Tennessee has been nominated as the Moderator of the 30th General Assembly of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC). The Moderator, elected... Continue Reading