Pioneering Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church splinters

Published: Thursday, October 1, 2009 at 1:39 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, October 1, 2009 at 1:39 p.m.

MIAMI Hundreds of dissidents in a Florida congregation that has been a bedrock of the religious right have formed a new church.

The splintering of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale comes after the dissidents lost a vote to fire the pastor, the Rev. Tullian Tchividjian (TUH'lee-uhn chuh-VI'-juhn).

Dissidents met for their first service as a new church last Sunday, and organizers say around 450 people attended. That's a sizable chunk of Coral Ridge's estimated 2,000 members.

Coral Ridge's leadership says it's not concerned about the split. Leaders say they're praying for the new congregation and wish them well.

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