Classis West Report – October 9, 2013 in Loveland, Colorado

Classis West held its fall meeting in Loveland, CO on October 9. The meeting date had been postponed from the usual September date, so that Classis could ex­amine Candidate Erik Guichelaar, who had accepted the call to be the pastor of the Randolph, WI PRC.

Rev. Allen Brummel chaired the session. In addition to the thirty delegates from the churches in Classis West, Classis was attended by the synodical deputies from Classis East (Revs. Haak, Koole, and VanOverloop), and by Seminarian Joshua Engelsma, who is doing his internship in Peace PRC. Many members from Loveland PRC, as well as students from Loveland’s grade school and high school, were found sitting in the pews during the examination. No doubt their interest in this particu­lar exam was heightened by the fact that Mr. Guichelaar had served his internship in Loveland, CO last year, and several of the students had Mr. Guichelaar as their cat­echism teacher.

As part of his examination, Mr. Guichelaar led a wor­ship service on Tuesday evening, preaching from John 12:26 under the theme “For Him Who Would Serve Christ.” Classis judged Mr. Guichelaar’s exposition to be sound, Christ-centered, and edifying. The text gave Mr. Guichelaar opportunity to witness of his own commit­ment to serve Christ, and reminded all the delegates that the way to serve Christ is the way of following Him.

Mr. Guichelaar’s oral examination took all of Wednes­day morning. Various ministers examined him in the six areas of Reformed doctrine, the knowledge of Scripture, the knowledge of confessions, controversy, and practica. After lunch, Classis unanimously approved his exam, and advised Randolph PRC to proceed with his ordina­tion into the ministry of the Word and sacraments. The synodical deputies from Classis East concurred with this decision. Mr. Guichelaar was ordained the following Sunday, October 13.

God be thanked, again, for the gift of ministers—and of this minister in particular! And God be thanked, again, for the gift we have in a denominational seminary, and for professors who are diligent in preparing men for the ministry of the gospel!

In other business, Classis received reports from its stated clerk, classical committee, and reading sermon committee. It also approved a classical appointment schedule for Doon PRC, the only vacant church in the Classis.

Crete PRC had requested Classis to designate the fourth Wednesday of September as the date for the regu­lar fall meeting, in part to avoid travel the week of Labor Day. Classis did agree to try to avoid meeting the week of Labor Day in the future, but still denied Crete’s request, giving Classis more freedom to schedule future meetings on a date that works best for that particular year.

The expenses of Classis totaled $10,090.84.

The next meeting of Classis is scheduled for March 5, 2014—the first to be hosted by Heritage PRC in Sioux Falls, SD, God willing.

Respectfully submitted,

Rev. Douglas J. Kuiper, Stated Clerk