Candidate Michael DeVries has accepted his call from our Southwest Church. All of the June graduates of our Seminary have now received and accepted calls to serve in our churches. Candidate Flikkema accepted his call to serve as pastor of our church in Isabel, South Dakota. Candidate Bruinsma accepted the call from our Faith congregation in Jenison, Michigan.
During the two weeks preceding the publication deadline for this issue, both Classis East and West met. Classis East met in special session to examine ministerial candidates Bruinsma and DeVries. Our churches rejoice in the fact that God has again given us servants of His Word in the successful examination of these two men. Faith and Southwest Churches were advised to proceed with the ordination of their new pastors. Classis West met in regular session (which was postponed since early September). The highlight of that meeting was the successful examination of Candidate Flikkema.
No reports have been received as yet on the proceedings of the meetings of Classis East and Classis West held last October. Perhaps they will arrive in time to present in the Christmas issue of the magazine.
Our church in Randolph, Wisconsin, has a new trio consisting of Rev. Rodney Miersma, Rev. James Slopsema, and Candidate Kenneth Koole, from which the congregation will select one to receive a call to serve as their pastor.
Rev. J. Slopsema has received the call to be pastor of our church in Randolph, Wisconsin. Randolph’s trio also included Candidate Kenneth Koole and Rev. Rodney Miersma. Rev. M. Joostens of our Faith Church has declined the call to be pastor of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church of Christchurch, New Zealand. Rev. Gise Van Baren has accepted the call to serve as pastor of our Hudsonville Church. Rev. Van Baren has served First Church in Grand Rapids for about 12 years.
Professor Herman Hanko has received a call from our church in Redlands, California, to serve as their pastor. The Redlands trio also included Rev. James Slopsema and Rev. George Lanting. Rev. Dale Kuiper, pastor of our church in Lynden, Washington, declined the call extended to him by our Hope Church in Walker, Michigan.
The Council of our Southeast Church in Grand Rapids has proposed a trio of the following ministers: Rev. Arie den Hartog, Rev. David Engelsma, and Rev. Jason Kortering. One of these brethren will be chosen to receive a call from the Southeast congregation to serve as their pastor during the course of the annual congregational meeting scheduled for December 4. Southwest Church’s new pastor is now living in the church parsonage at 2612 Central Ave., Grand Rapids. Rev. and Mrs. DeVries can be reached by phone at 616-538-3948.
Professor H. Hanko declined the call he had received from our congregation in Redlands, California. Redlands’ new trio consists of Rev. Marvin Kamps, Rev. Kenneth Koole, and Rev. Richard Moore. One of our ‘retired’ ministers, Rev. M. Schipper, has been preaching in Redlands for the month of February.
Our Southeast Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan has extended a call to Rev. Jason Kortering of Redlands, California, to serve as their pastor. The Mission Committee of our churches has decided to begin preaching services in Charlotte, Michigan beginning January 7, 1979, at the request of four families there.
Rev. Kortering has declined the call extended to him from our Southeast Protestant Reformed Church.