Breakaway PCUSA church buys title from presbytery

Kirk of the Hills
Ending a long legal battle, the largest congregation to break its ties with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in the past two years has voted narrowly to pay $1.75 million for the land and buildings it occupies in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Members of the Kirk of the Hills, which includes a 100,000-square-foot church building on nearly ten acres of prime real estate, approved by a 508 to 483 vote on October 19 to accept the price offered by the Eastern Oklahoma Presbytery.

The Kirk of the Hills congregation, which has 2,600 members, voted nearly unanimously in August 2006 to leave the denomination over biblical and theological differences. The congregation quickly filed suit in Tulsa County District Court to seek outright ownership, contending that it had paid for and held title to the property.


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