News From Our Churches

Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.

Mission Activities

For those interested in our churches’ on-going mission work in the Philippines, a website has been set up for keeping you current with that work: If you haven’t already done so, we encourage you to give it a look. Not only will you get a feel for the work through written information and pictures, but you will also get a feel for daily life in the Philippines for our two missionaries and their families. To illustrate that point, the Kleyns’ latest addition to their blog was entitled, “Cats and Frogs, and Things that go bump in the night.”

Rev. J. Slopsema, pastor of the First PRC in Grand Rapids, MI, preached January 17, on behalf of our Domestic Mission Committee, in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Franklin, PA. Missionary W. Bruinsma has been working with this church, preaching for them once a month. The DMC has agreed to provide preaching on the third Sunday of every month with five Sundays.

The Consistory of the Berean Protestant Reformed Church in Manila has approved supplying the mission pulpit of the All of Grace PR Fellowship in Gabaldon with pulpit supply for the second Lord’s Day of every month, or, when a month has five Lord’s Days, the second and fifth Lord’s Days of the month. The Consistory approved having Rev. Smit provide pulpit supply to the AGPRF on January 10. Rev. Kleyn was scheduled to provide pulpit supply to the AGPRF on January 31, February 14, March 14, and so on.

Sister-Church Activities

Elder Pete VanDerSchaaf and Prof. R. Dykstra traveled to Northern Ireland in early January, as a Contact Committee delegation to visit our sister church there, the Covenant PRC in Ballymena. Their work included meeting with the Covenant congregation, conducting church visitation with the Council, and preaching for the congregation on Sunday, January 17, while Covenant’s pastor, Rev. A. Stewart, traveled to Limerick, in the Republic of Ireland, to preach for the Fellowship there. Prof. Dykstra also had the opportunity to speak in Limerick on January 15, presenting a lecture entitled, “Dispensationalism: An Unbiblical View of the End of the World.” Elder VanDerSchaaf and Prof. Dykstra left home on January 7 and returned on January 18.

Denomination Activities

The Reformed Witness Hour Committee recently informed the Chicago area churches that due to a lack of funds and the high cost of the RWH program on radio station WYLL, our broadcast will no longer be heard after the end of 2009. The RWH committee continues to look for other options to begin rebroadcasting in the near future, but until then, they encourage their listeners in the Chicago area to listen to the RWH at any time on the Internet at

Congregation Activities

The Loveland, CO PRC hosted a farewell program on Sunday evening, January 17, after their worship service, for Rev. and Mrs. Miersma. The Miersmas have served Loveland since 2006 and, due to health issues, Rev. Miersma is seeking emeritation in our churches. There was a time of fellowship and refreshments following the program. Rev. and Sharon planned to leave for Iowa on January 21, the Lord willing. May the Lord be near to them and bless them in their upcoming labors.

At the Council meeting in December and again in January, the Council of the Covenant of Grace PRC in Spokane, WA approved the purchase of video equipment to record and broadcast their services in video format. This equipment will be installed in the coming weeks. Covenant has also begun broadcasting the Reformed Witness Hour on KTW 630 AM on Friday afternoons at 2:30, with some advertising. They have already received response to this advertising. There were flyers available promoting the RWH, and the congregation was encouraged to take and distribute them. Their pastor, Rev. R. Kleyn, will be speaking on the RWH January through April this year.

Audio versions of The Standard Bearer are available for listening and downloading at the website of the Southeast PRC in Grand Rapids, MI: This includes the current issue and some archived. Follow the link from the PRCA website to the Southeast PRC website and then to “SB Audio.”

The Grandville, MI PRC began broadcasting their worship services live on-line. Anyone can access this via their website at

This January, the Seminary made arrangements with the Councils of three of our west Michigan churches to host the internships of three seminary students. Seminarian Nathan Decker’s internship will begin in July at the Grandville, MI PRC. Seminarian Jon Mahtani will serve his internship at First PRC in Grand Rapids, MI, and Seminarian Brian Huizinga will do his internship at the Southeast PRC, the Lord willing.

Minister Activities

The Bethel PRC in Roselle, IL extended a call to Rev. A. Spriensma to become their next pastor.

The congregation of the Cornerstone PRC in Dyer, IN extended a call to Rev. J. Laning to serve as their next pastor.

Rev. G. Eriks declined the call he received to serve as the next pastor of the Byron Center, MI PRC.

Rev. S. Key accepted the call from Loveland PRC in Colorado.