On October 27, 2013, congregants of Highland Park Presbyterian Church voted to leave the PC(USA) and to join another Presbyterian denomination, ECO:  A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians. The vote was not conducted in accordance with the PC(USA) constitution or Grace Presbytery’s “Just and Gracious Dismissal Policy,” which Grace Presbytery adopted in September 2012 with […]


The Rev. Joe Clifford, pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Dallas, wrote a response to Highland Park Presbyterian Church’s decision to leave the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and join the Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians. He explains the important role of his church in HPPC’s formation and responds to HPPC’s criticism that PC(USA) lacks core theological […]


On October 14, 2013, Judge Emily Tobolowsky of the 298th Judicial District Court of Dallas County, Texas found that Grace Presbytery should not alter the status quo relating to property held in Highland Park Presbyterian Church Inc.’s name during the pendency of the lawsuit filed by HPPC against Grace Presbytery. Judge Tobolowsky  entered a temporary injunction […]


The following presentation was made by Dr. Theodore (Ted) Wardlaw to members at Highland Park Presbyterian Church on Sunday, October 14.  Dr. Wardlaw, a member of Grace Presbytery, was invited to speak to any interested persons that evening and to answer questions. By Theodore J. Wardlaw President, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary I am grateful for […]


by Neil McKown Director of Student Ministries First Presbyterian Church, Tyler On Sunday, October 13, Fifty-plus youth and adults from First Presbyterian Church, Athens; First Presbyterian Church, Palestine; First Presbyterian Church, Plano; and First Presbyterian Church, Tyler came together to serve and worship alongside the members of the Church Under the Bridge congregation in Waco, TX. Our churches made this […]


With the generosity of members across Grace Presbytery, a gift of $52,198.42 is being given to West ISD for the rebuilding of their intermediate school library. “Looking at the breakdown of gifts that have arrived here, this is a beautiful picture of body of Christ. $1500 here; $2000 there; with a lot of small gift […]


On October 7, 2013, the Dallas federal court found that, while Grace Presbytery “had an objectively reasonable basis for seeking removal “ from state court to federal court, the case should be remanded to state court because HPPC’s constitutional claims are not valid and “cannot sustain federal question jurisdiction.” A copy of the Court’s seven […]


Dr. Wardlaw is president of Austin Theological Seminary, one of our PC(USA) seminaries.  He is also a teaching elder member of Grace Presbytery.  This presentation was prepared in response to an invitation from First Presbyterian Church in Houston which is engaged in a discernment process, working with New Covenant Presbytery. Staying in the Church by […]


We hope these Frequently Asked Questions are helpful to you.  As we continue to walk this path, we will continue to keep you informed.  Your prayers for Grace Presbytery and all of its churches are deeply appreciated.  We pray for any rending of the Body of Christ, and we seek to address it through open […]