The Case of John O. Kinnaird
Ruling Elder at Bethany Orthodox Presbyterian Church
Basis for Specification Number 1
(The Complaint was made based on Kinnaird’s document, “Proposal to the Session.” This document was later edited slightly and distributed by Mr. Kinnaird as “The Declaration and Theological Statement of John O. Kinniard.” The sections quoted in the Specifications were unchanged.)
Basis for Specification Number 2
Basis for Specification Number 3
First Day of the Trial -
According to the OPC Book of Discipline, the only actions permitted to be taken on this day are:
1. Reading of the Charge
2. Submission of the Evidence
3. Citations supplied for summoning of Witnesses.
Second Day of the Trial -
Prosecution's Presentation of Evidence
Defense Refutation of the Charge:
Defense moves to have the charge dismissed; the motion is denied.
Third Day of the Trial -
The Defense again requests that the Charge be dismissed. The request is denied a second time.
Mr. Wilkening is questioned as a hostile witness for the Defense.
Fourth Day of the Trial -
Mr. Kinnaird distributed a Brief to the Trial Judicatory and Prosecution in early January, presenting his defense in writing.This paper was presented at the trial on January 25. Written by Arlyn and
Wanda Wilkening, members of Bethany OPC, it includes an appendix by Arthur Kuschke.
Appeal to the Presbytery of
This paper was presented by the Trial Judicatory in response to Kinnaird's appeal of his conviction to the Philadelphia Presbytery.
The Presbytery denies the appeal on a voice vote.
Adjourned Presbytery meetings – May 2003
John Kinnaird on What This Trial Is All About.
Thomas Tyson responds to the Interim Session's paper, "Reasons for the Verdict."
John Kinnaird responds to the Interim Session's paper, "Reasons for the
Mr. Wilkening responds to Thomas Tyson's and John Kinnaird's misquotations of Carl Hayes and Arlyn Wilkening in Papers 1, 2, and 3.
The Appeal to General Assembly
July 1, 2003, the General Assembly of the OPC voted to sustain the appeal on point A of the Advisory Committee Report. The GA also voted to reverse the verdict of the Trial Judicatory.
OPC Kinnaird Decision Protest 2003