Classis West met in special session on October 21, 2009, to examine Mr. Cory Griess, who had accepted the call to Calvary PRC of Hull, IA. Calvary PRC hosted this meeting of Classis, which was held in the facilities of the Hull PRC. Rev. R. Kleyn presided over this meeting.
Already on Tuesday night the delegates and synodical deputies gathered in the sanctuary of Hull PRC to worship our God, and to hear Mr. Griess preach his specimen sermon on Isaiah 55:1-2, under the theme “God’s Marketplace for the Soul.” Having heard this sermon, Classis judged that Mr. Griess demonstrated the ability to exegete Scripture and to preach to the edification of God’s people.
After examining Mr. Griess in all points of dogmatics, knowledge of the Scriptures, knowledge of the confessions, controversy, and practica, Classis approved his examination and advised Calvary PRC to proceed with his ordination to the ministry of the word and sacraments. His ordination service was scheduled for Thursday, October 22.
Classis receives the gift of another pastor, as does Calvary PRC, and as must the denomination, with thanksgiving to God, who gives pastors and teachers for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, and for the edifying of the body of Christ (Eph. 4:11-12).
Classis acted favorably regarding Classis East’s request that Classis West assist in supplying the pulpit of Cornerstone PRC, by appointing three men to preach for Cornerstone during December and January.
The expenses of this classis totaled $10,590.58.
God willing, Classis West will meet next in regular session on March 3, 2010, in Loveland, CO.
Rev. Douglas Kuiper,
Stated Clerk, Classis West