After preaching their specimen sermons and upon receiving the approval of their preaching from Classis East and the Synodical Delegates Ad Examina of Classis West, the Pastors-elect Joe Holstege and Justin Smidstra were examined extensively on the six loci of Reformed dogmatics, and their knowledge of the Scriptures, confessions, controversy, and practica. Both Pastors-elect gave excellent demonstrations of their knowledge and training in all these areas over roughly five hours of oral questioning. Upon the conclusion of their examinations, there were unanimous decisions to approve of their examinations, to recommend that Zion PRC proceed to the ordination and installation of Joe Holstege, and likewise to recommend that First PRC of Holland do the same for Justin Smidstra. With much thanksgiving to God, we rejoice in His provision of these ministers of the gospel to the PRCA. Two other items that were covered were pulpit supply for First PRC of GR and also the appointment of Rev. W. Langerak as their moderator while they are without a pastor.
Gary Boverhof, Stated Clerk, Classis East