One of the most important decisions a congregation makes is extending a call to one of God’s servants whom they would ask to serve as their pastor. One of the more important decisions a minister of the Word is called upon to make is whether to accept or reject such a call. Since Rev. M. Kamps of Redlands, California, declined the call extended to him by our Edmonton congregation, Edmonton formed a new trio of Rev. R. Miersma, Rev. R. Moore, and Rev. J. Kortering. From that trio, Rev. Moore has received their call.
The following news was printed in the Hope Church (Walker, Michigan) bulletin of January. 15 concerning their pastor, Rev. VanOverloop, who is ‘on loan’ to Christchurch, New Zealand. “Word has been received from our pastor and his family that they arrived safely in Christchurch, New Zealand. They have been warmly received by the congregation and are in the process of ‘settling in’. In addition to preaching twice each Sunday, Rev.
Rev. Arie den Hartog of our Covenant Protestant Reformed Church in Prospect Park, New Jersey has received a call from the Orthodox Presbyterian Church of Christchurch, New Zealand to come over and help them. Should Rev. den Hartog accept this call, he would remain a minister in the Protestant Reformed Churches, but be ‘on loan’ to the church in New Zealand. Decisions on these matters were made by the Synod of our churches in 1976.
Rev. Meindert Joostens, pastor of our Faith Church in Jenison, Michigan has accepted a call from First Church in Grand Rapids to serve as their pastor.
The following news about the organization of our newest congregation in Houston, Texas appeared in the February 20 Hope (Walker, Michigan) bulletin: “On Tuesday and Wednesday, our pastor (Rev. Ronald VanOverloop) and elders King and Engelsma assisted the group in Houston in their organization. Much of their time was spent with Rev. and Mrs. Harbach conducting family visitation and discussing future mission work. At the organizational meeting on Tuesday evening our pastor delivered the sermon and Rev. Harbach chaired the meeting. Those organized totaled four families and twenty souls.
Rev. Dale Kuiper and family, according to the decision of the Mission Committee ,and the Hudsonville consistory, returned from Maine the, week of March 28 and will live in Hudsonville for the time being. It was decided to close the field of labor there since there appeared to be no interest other than that of the original two families and two individuals. Rev. Kuiper will probably be investigating various other areas of labor in the next months. Faith Church’s bulletin reported that Rev. Kuiper would supply the pulpit of Edmonton until Rev. Moore is installed there.
Our newly organized congregation in Houston, Texas has published the following trio: Rev. George Lubbers, Rev. Ronald VanOverloop, and Rev. David Engelsma.
Rev. Van Overloop, pastor of our Hope Church in Walker, Michigan, returned to his congregation early in April after spending some time in Houston, Texas, working there with our missionary, Rev. R. Harbach. Rev. Van Overloop gave the following report to his congregation in his April 11 bulletin: “Your pastor gives thanks to God for being safely brought back to your midst after working with Rev. Harbach for two full weeks.
Rev. David Engelsma, pastor of our church in South Holland, Illinois, has received a call from our new congregation in Houston, Texas, to be their first pastor.
A special event occurred recently—a piece of news was received from our church in Prospect Park, New Jersey. A special event took place there recently. Rev. den Hartog’s family increased in size by one, Jonathan Craig, on April 18. In all fairness to Classis West we should also note that family expansions took place this spring in the parsonages in South Holland, Illinois, and Randolph, Wisconsin.