Beverly Heights Presbyterian Church was dismissed from the Pittsburgh Presbytery yesterday so it could join a more conservative denomination — the first of what could be several votes over divisive theological and ecclesiastical questions.
The dismissal was the culmination of six months of discussions precipitated by the Mt. Lebanon church’s overwhelming vote in April to leave the Presbyterian Church (USA) for the Evangelical Presbyterian Church.
The vote by the presbytery’s clergy and elders was 174 for dismissal and 73 against, with two abstentions.
The action takes effect immediately.
According to the settlement between the presbytery and the 400-member church, Beverly Heights will keep its building and land — together valued at more than $1 million — and the rights to its name.
In exchange, it will pay the presbytery $250,000 over 10 years and forfeit $46,655 in a trust account.