Memorial Park Presbyterian Church voted at its weekend services to disaffiliate from the Presbyterian Church (USA) and join the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, with the help of civil courts.
Senior Pastor Dean Weaver says the congregation has long been at odds with some practices of the national church, and had "intense discussions" over the past year about separating. A June vote approved the matter in the McCandless church, but the Pittsburgh Presbytery refused to dismiss them. Weaver says the church had "no choice" but to go to the courts, especially after receiving a letter forbidding them to meet or vote. An injunction prevented interference.
Pittsburgh Presbytery has called the move "unconstitutional," and still considers Memorial Park a member church. Weaver says their actions are a ploy to maintain control and "misguided."