PCUSA has become a very different denomination from the one in which I was ordained. At ordination I said that I accepted the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as God’s Word to me. I also promised to be governed by our church’s polity. With changes in the PCUSA Constitution in recent years, I find that I can no longer do both in good conscience. My commitment to follow Christ as witnessed by the Scriptures is primary, and it has been necessary to find a way to express my service to him in a way that does not contradict the Scriptures.
I have tried to express an evangelical perspective within PCUSA and encourage those who continue to be faithful to both Jesus and Scripture. I did not see a way to be effective in this ministry within PCUSA, and I needed to move to an environment where it is both possible and supported.
In June, 2017, I was dismissed from PCUSA to ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians. ECO aims to be a movement rather than an institution. It acts as a collection of people holding to one set of essential beliefs, working together in many different ways to serve one Lord. ECO is a lean organization with relatively little structure, in order to be flexible and respond to the leading of the Holy Spirit in the congregations. It is a joy for me to work with and support this diverse gathering of faithful followers of Christ.