Encompass Church in Navarre officially changed its denominational affiliation Oct. 11, 2019, from the United Methodist Church (UMC) to the Free Methodist Church (FMC).
The UMC is the second largest protestant denomination in the U.S.
The change comes at a time when ongoing debate within the UMC over the roles and rights of practicing LGBTQ persons is believed to potentially split the denomination.
Read the full article in the Jan. 23 issue of Navarre Press.
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