Today, Grace Presbytery filed in the pending lawsuit brought by Highland Park Presbyterian Church (HPPC) written testimony from four Church leaders.  These four sworn declarations explain the background facts and detail why and how HPPC’s suit is harming the Church.  Grace Presbytery hopes that anyone wanting to gain a better understanding of what is at […]


Today the Dallas Federal Court extended the temporary restraining order obtained by Highland Park Presbyterian Church (HPPC) until October 7 when the Court will hear arguments on the request for a preliminary injunction and whether the Federal Court should retain jurisdiction or send the case to State Court.  The Court was careful to point out […]


Today, Grace Presbytery filed its motion for leave to file a “sur-reply” to  HPPC’s latest brief, which HPPC filed yesterday on Sunday urging new and different legal positions and re-alleging the constitutional violations that it had previously disclaimed when arguing for remand.  A copy of the proposed sur-reply is here. Grace Presbytery continues to welcome the […]


To the members of Grace Presbytery, of the Presbyterian Church (USA): Grace and peace to you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We are writing this pastoral letter to address the concerns of our presbytery at a time when the bonds that connect us together as a family are too often […]


Grace Presbytery today filed its opposition to Highland Park Presbyterian Church Inc’s (HPPC) motion requesting the federal court to extend the state court temporary restraining order which is set to expire on Tuesday, September 24, 2013. A copy of Grace Presbytery’s opposition can be found at this link: Defendant Grace Presbytery’s Response to Plaintiff’s Emergency […]


September 19, 2013 Today, Grace Presbytery removed to Dallas federal court a state court lawsuit filed against it by Highland Park Presbyterian Church (“HPPC”) alleging that HPPC’s federal constitutional rights were being violated by Grace Presbytery’s actions. Last week, without any advance notice to HPPC’s own congregation, a five-member Board of Trustees filed  suit in […]


by Rob Allen Director of Communications Grace Presbytery On May 19, 2013, First Presbyterian Church in Longview, Texas, gathered with much to celebrate including its own rebirth following a heartbreaking split a year earlier. With families crowded around the baptismal font, Rev. Harry Meissner, the interim pastor, baptized three babies and one college student. The […]


by Janet DeVries General Presbyter Grace Presbytery A 12-hour day with a drive 3 hours each way to meet with the pastor, an elder and members of the Coptic Evangelical (Presbyterian) Church in Beni Mazar in El Minya province. We met in the home of the elder. On August 14, the day of the Muslim […]


We are shocked and saddened that Highland Park Presbyterian Church (HPPC) of Dallas has chosen to file suit, today, September 10, and request an injunction that will take us into civil court. There has been no conversation at the presbytery level to seek control of their property or establish a commission to work with the […]


St. Andrew Presbyterian Church will celebrate its 75th anniversary with a concert series, an outdoor worship service and a community block party on September 7, 8, 14, 15 and 22. Concert performance on September 7 features cellist Francesco Mastromatteo and pianist Michael Schneider. On September 8 cellist Mastromatteo, violinist Matt Albert and pianist Thomas Schwann […]