In a special session on Wednesday, December 5, 2007, Classis West met in St. Johns, Indiana. The special meeting was hosted by the Protestant Reformed Church of South Holland, IL; but, since they do not have at this present time their own church building facilities, the special session was held in the church building of Cornerstone PRC. The purpose of the meeting was the examination of Candidate Nathan J. Langerak, the pastor-elect of the PRC of South Holland. A special worship service was called for Tuesday evening, December 4, which Pastor-elect N. Langerak led and in which he gave a sermon on II Timothy 3:16-17 under the theme, “The Profitable Scripture.” In attendance were not only the saints of South Holland, but also the delegates of Classis West and the synodical deputies from Classis East (Rev. C. Haak, Rev. K. Koole, and Rev. J. Slopsema). The following day, Classis examined Mr. Langerak 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 15-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, approved unanimously the examination of Candidate N. Langerak, and advised the PRC of South Holland to proceed with his ordination and installation as their new pastor.
We give thanks to our heavenly Father for the gift of well prepared and qualified men to labor as ministers of the Word and sacraments in the service of our Lord Jesus Christ in our denomination. We express our hearty thanks to our Seminary professors for the evidence of their faithful labors.
The expenses of Classis totaled $8,876.53. The officers of Classis were: Rev. R. Miersma, chairman; Rev. D. Overway, vice-chairman; and Rev. R. Smit, clerk. Classis concluded its work by 1:45 P.M. The next meeting of Classis West will be its regular winter meeting, which Hope PRC in Redlands, California, plans to host, on Wednesday, March 5, 2008, the Lord willing.
Rev. Richard J. Smit, Stated Clerk