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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.

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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. 

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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.

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