January 12, 2005


Protestant Reformed Church

Classis East met in regular session on Wednesday, January 12, 2005. All the churches were represented by two delegates; Rev. David Overway was the chairman for this session.

In attendance also were students from the church history classes at Covenant Christian High School, as well as the delegates ad examina from Classis West: Revs. A. Brummel, S. Houck, and D. Kuiper.

Classis had before it two important items. The first was an overture to Synod 2005 asking that synod appoint a study committee to advise the synod whether it should recommend the use of a newer, vernacular Bible translation to our churches. Classis rejected this overture on the following grounds (summarized): 1) The King James Version is still an excellent version both from the viewpoint of what had been translated and also how it was translated; 2) Any difficulties with the KJV are easy to overcome with a good dictionary and good Bible helps; 3) Introducing another version, at this time, would promote confusion and unrest in the churches. The writers of the overture will now have to decide whether to bring this overture to Synod 2005 for its consideration.

A second matter concerned the deposition of a pastor. This matter was treated in closed session. The consistory bringing the request for deposition was advised by classis, with the concurrence of the delegates ad examina from Classis West, to proceed with deposing their pastor.

The report of the church visitors was given. The visitors reported peace and harmony in the churches. The church visitors also served as a committee of classis to investigate the continued viability of Covenant PRC. The committee reported to classis that the condition of the congregation and the increased evangelism efforts led them to the conclusion that Covenant is still viable. They further recommended that Covenant’s subsidy be extended for another year. The findings of this committee will be forwarded to Synod 2005.

Voting for synodical delegates resulted in the following: MINISTERS: Primi: W. Bruinsma, R. Cammenga, C. Haak, K. Koole, R. VanOverloop; Secundi: M. DeVries, M. Dick, R. Kleyn, W. Langerak, J. Slopsema; ELDERS: Primi: G. Boverhof, C. Kalsbeek, D. Kregel, D. Ondersma, T. Pipe; Secundi: T. DeVries, J. Engelsma, K. Feenstra, R. Noorman, H. Pastoor.

In other voting, Rev. J. Laning was elected to a three-year term on the Classical Committee; Rev. K. Koole, Rev. C. Haak, and Rev. R. Kleyn were elected to serve as delegates ad examina. J. Huisken was appointed to another three-year term as Stated Clerk, and Rev. R. Kleyn was elected to a three-year term as the Assistant Stated Clerk.

In other business, classical appointments were given to Holland, Hudsonville, and Southwest. Subsidy requests were approved for Covenant, Kalamazoo, and Wingham. The expenses of classis amounted to $1,992.52.

Classis will meet next at the Trinity PRC on May 11, 2005.

Respectfully submitted,

Jon J. Huisken, Stated Clerk