No. 99-1522.

243 Wis.2d 394 (2001)

2001 WI 55

627 N.W.2d 469

The WISCONSIN CONFERENCE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF the UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, INC., Plaintiff-Appellant, v. Ronald CULVER, Loretta Konrad, Lucille Krentz, Arthur Lamonska, Gordon Trapp, John Does 1 through 20 and Jane Does 1 through 20, Defendants-Respondents-Petitioners.

Supreme Court of Wisconsin.

Decided May 31, 2001.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

For the defendants-respondents-petitioners there were briefs by Lan Waddell and Waddell & Pavia, Columbus, and oral argument by Lan Waddell.

For the plaintiff-appellant there was a brief by Jon G. Furlow, Mary C. Turke and Michael Best & Friedrich, LLP, Madison, and oral argument by Jon G. Furlow.

An amicus curiae brief was filed by Kevin J. Sjostrom and Brusky & Sjostrom, S.C., Wauwatosa, on behalf of Katrine L. Anderson, Judy Bell, Ernest Cutting, Alyson Janke, Michael B. Lukens, and Clifton Kirkpatrick as stated clerks of the Presbytery of Northern Waters, the Milwaukee Presbytery, the Twin Cities Area Presbytery and the Synod of Lakes and Prairies, the John Knox Presbytery, the Winnebago Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church (USA), the Presbyterian Church (USA), and the United House of Prayer for all People of the Church on the Rock of the Apostolic Faith.


This case requires us to address the ownership of church property when a local Methodist church breaks away from the Methodist denomination. The defendants, the trustees of a local church formerly known as the Elo United Methodist Church, seek review of a published decision of the court of appeals reversing the summary judgment determinations of the circuit court.1

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