September 10, 1997 at Kalamazoo Protestant Reformed Church
Classis East met in regular session on Wednesday, September 10, 1997. The churches were all represented by two delegates. Rev. R. Van Overloop chaired this session.
The primary business of this classis was the examination of Pastors-elect James Laning and Martin VanderWal. After preaching full-length sermons, the examinees were subjected to an oral examination. With thanksgiving to God, the classis approved these examinations and authorized the congregation of Hope PRC to proceed with the ordination and installation of James Laning, and the congregation of Covenant PRC to proceed with the ordination and installation of Martin VanderWal. By the time this is published, both will be into the full work of a pastor.
In other business, classis was in closed session to deal with a matter of discipline. Classis also granted Covenant PRC some additional time to consider the selling of their church property.
The expenses of classis amounted to $1,791.70. Classis will meet next on Wednesday, January 14, 1998 at the Southwest PRC.
Jon J. Huisken,