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A Rocky Mount congregation has finished its shift to a more conservative branch of Presbyterianism and is moving ahead with its membership in the denomination.

Englewood Presbyterian Church began the move from the Presbyterian Church (USA) to the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in November, a release says. The shift followed an October vote that saw 87 percent of members support the shift, said Dr. Rob Westlund, its pastor.

“We describe it as, ‘We’re home,’” he said, explaining that the Evangelical Presbyterian Church is “a conservative, evangelical denomination.”

The release echoes his words, saying in part: “For 50 years, Englewood Presbyterian has held conservative Biblical and theological stances. Our transfer from the Presbyterian Church (USA) to the Evangelical Presbyterian Church is an acknowledgment and continuation of those stances.

The change makes Englewood the only Evangelical Presbyterian Church congregation in Rocky Mount. It joins a presbytery that includes more than 100 congregations in South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.

Englewood already has taken several steps in the denomination.

“We went to our first presbytery meeting in January and out first General Assembly meeting in June,” Westlund said, explaining that the latter is the denomination’s national meeting.

“We are involved in an EPC revitalization right now,” he also said. “This is happening in our church, but it is a denominational program.” It includes, “We’re getting back to evangelism as a core value, evaluating all our programs based on the Great Commission found in Matthew 28.”

Englewood Presbyterian Church is at 100 S. Englewood Drive. For information, call 443-3127 or go to englewoodpres.com.