By Edward Terry, The Layman
Presbyterian Church (USA)’s Heartland Presbytery has set its sights on the property of an Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) congregation in Kansas City that has long since left its former denomination behind.
At its Sept. 19 stated meeting, the presbytery approved plans to dissolve the Gashland Presbyterian Church, sell its property and file a civil action to claim the congregation’s assets. Heartland Presbytery did not return calls from The Layman seeking comment, but Gashland Presbyterian Church has released a statement.
“Gashland Presbyterian Church is an Evangelical Presbyterian Church and has no relationship with the PCUSA or its Heartland Presbytery,” Gashland Elder Phillip Josephson said. “Heartland Presbytery has no jurisdiction over Gashland Presbyterian Church. GPC will continue pursuing the Great Commission and fulfilling its ministries.”
There is no record of legal action being taken as of yet, and the congregation continues to utilize its property, as it has for 60 years, Josephson said. “GPC fully intends to defend our rights and property and fully believe that we will be successful.”