In its regular session on Wednesday, September 5, 2007, Classis West met in Lynden, Washington, and enjoyed the warm hospitality of the saints of our Lynden Protestant Reformed Church. The main highlight of the work of classis was the examination of Pastor-elect Clayton W. Spronk, who had received and accepted the call to serve as pastor of the Peace Protestant Reformed Church in Lansing, Illinois. A special worship service was called by the consistory of the Lynden PRC for Tuesday evening, September 4. Pastor-elect Spronk led the special worship service and preached on Psalm 122:6-8. In attendance were not only the saints of Lynden, but also the twenty-four delegates of Classis West and the three synodical deputies from Classis East (Rev. C. Haak, Rev. D. Kleyn, and Rev. R. Kleyn). The following day, classis examined Mr. Spronk in the six sections of Reformed Dogmatics, in his knowledge of Scripture, in his knowledge of the confessions, in Controversy, and in Practica. After each fifteen-minute section of questions, opportunity was given for follow-up questions from the delegates.
Classis West, with the concurrence of the synodical deputies of Classis East, unanimously approved the examination of Pastor-elect C. Spronk, and advised the Peace PRC to proceed with his ordination and installation as their new pastor, which took place on Friday evening, September 7.
We may give thanks to our heavenly Father for His continued provision of well prepared and qualified men to labor as ministers of the Word and sacraments in the service of our Lord Jesus Christ. We express our thanks to our Seminary professors for the evidence of their faithful labors.
The next highlight of the agenda was the approval of the request from 46 signators, who represent 37 families and 9 individuals, for a total of 172 souls from the Hull PRC, to organize a daughter congregation in the Hull, Iowa, area. This decision of classis received the concurrence of the synodical deputies of Classis East. The council of Hull PRC was appointed to oversee the organization of the daughter congregation, and Rev. S. Key was appointed to serve as her moderator. The new daughter congregation plans to organize under the name Calvary Protestant Reformed Church. We rejoice in this blessing upon our churches in the addition of another sister in our federation of churches.
In other work, classis advised a consistory to proceed to the second step of Christian discipline with one of its members. A pulpit supply schedule was adopted for the soon to be organized Calvary Protestant Reformed Church. Classis approved Lynden’s request to reduce their synodical assessments for 2007 because of their loss of five families since the beginning of the year. Classis decided to raise the amount for remuneration of elders’ lost wages, while serving at classis, to $140 per day. The travel and food expenses of classis totaled $11,923.42.
Under the able leadership of the chairman, Rev. J. Marcus; the vicechairman, Rev. Rodney Miersma; and, the clerk, Rev. J. Mahtani, classis concluded its work by 3:30 in the afternoon. After the exchange of farewells, the delegates dispersed and returned to their respective church homes and families. Classis looks forward to being hosted next by the Hope PRC in Redlands, California, for its regular winter session on Wednesday, March 5, 2008, the Lord willing.
Rev. Richard J. Smit, Stated Clerk