The Case of John O. Kinnaird
Ruling Elder at Bethany Orthodox Presbyterian Church
Wilkening Charge Against John O. Kinnaird
Basis for Specification Number 1
Kinnaird Declaration and Theological Statement
(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
OPC List posting December 24, 2001
Kinnaird Case Chronology (With Links to Case Documents)
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 -
Defense Objections to the Trial Proceeding
Ruling on the Defense Objections
Carl Hayes’ Opening Statement for the Prosecution
Arthur Kuschke’s Opening Statement for the Prosecution
Thomas Tyson’s Opening Statement for the Defense
Prosecution's Presentation of Evidence
Defense Refutation of the Charge:
Defense moves to have the charge dismissed; the motion is denied.
Ruling on Dismissing the Charge
Third Day of the Trial -
Defense Testimony – Dr. Richard B. Gaffin Jr.
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.
Examination of Mr. Arlyn Wilkening
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.
Prosecution's Response to the Kinnaird Brief
Carl Hayes Cross-examines Mr. Kinnaird
Tyson Reply to the Prosecution Testimony
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.
Michael Obel's Opening Remarks before the Presbytery at the Appeal.
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.
A Letter from Arlyn Wilkening to the Presbytery of Philadelphia
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.
Advisory Committee on Appeals and Complaints Report to General Assembly
OPC Kinnaird Decision Protest 2003
Protest of the action of the General Assembly in sustaining Specification A of the Appeal of John O. Kinnaird