Parker Williamson, a conservative gadfly as CEO of the Presbyterian Lay Committee and editor in chief of its publication, the Layman, says he will appeal the invalidation of his ministry by the Presbytery of Western North Carolina. At a contentious meeting January 31 in Asheville, the presbyters voted 150-106 to allow Williamson to remain an active at-large clergy member, but they withdrew approval of his ministry, which has been called a divisive force within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). On another liberal-conservative front in the denomination, Clifton Kirkpatrick, stated clerk of the PCUSA’s General Assembly since 1996, has been renominated for a third four-year term. Kirkpatrick, a frequent target of the Presbyterian Lay Committee, will be opposed at the next General Assembly that begins June 26 in Richmond, Virginia, by at least one other candidate.


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