The following letter leaves today on its way eastward from my congregation:
Dr. Roy A. Medley
American Baptist Churches USA
P.O. Box 851, Valley Forge, PA 19482-0851
November 1, 2006
Dear Dr. Medley:
Pursuant to the congregational vote of our church and the subsequent advisory vote of church delegates meeting at Pomona, California in April of this year, and the decision of the Board of the American Baptist Churches of the Pacific Southwest (now known as Transformation Ministries), we write this day to inform you that as of November 1, 2006, the First Baptist Church of Temple City, California is no longer affiliated with the American Baptist Churches USA. Instead, the membership of First Baptist Church of Temple City has voted to be affiliated with Transformational Ministries.
We depart with a heavy heart. From its inception in 1941, our church has been part of the ABCUSA fellowship. However, in our judgment the ABCUSA has compromised in its upholding of Biblical teachings and priorities.
We also depart in hopes of a reunion the day when the ABCUSA returns to un-compromised Biblical values.
In the meantime, we will continue to relate to missionaries of the American Baptist Foreign Missions Society with whom we have positive and constructive relationships.
God bless you and your endeavors,
Dr. Glenn E. Layne
Mr. Alex Vago
CC: Transformation Ministries