The saints of the Living Way RP Mission Church in Bryan, Texas had many reasons to rejoice and give thanks on Wednesday evening June 21st as their first pastor was installed to serve the congregation. Pastor Steve Rockhill will serve as the pastor/church planter of the congregation which was established as a mission church in September of 2012.
The congregation hosted a taco dinner before the installation service for the members of the Midwest Presbytery and other family and friends who came to celebrate the occasion. With over 30 representatives from various congregations in the presbytery present, the Living Way RPMC was greatly encouraged as it currently marks the southernmost outpost of the Midwest Presbytery.
Moderator pro-tem of the presbytery and member of the Bryan Commission, Pastor Noah Bailey (Enid (Oklahoma) Reformed Church), led off the service with prayer. Dr. Sean McDeavitt, a member of the Living Way RPMC, presented the Narration of the Previous Steps. After the final reading of the edict, Pastor Bailey asked Pastor Rockhill to reaffirm his ordination vows. Pastor Mark Koller of the Dallas (Texas) RPC preached an encouraging message from Psalm 45:13-14 titled “Threads of Gold” which called those present to remember the beauty and glory with which Christ dresses His Bride, the Church.
Pastor Bruce Parnell of the Stillwater (Oklahoma) RPC and chairman of the Bryan Commission then led the assembly in the prayer of installation as the members of presbytery gathered around Pastor Rockhill. Other members of the Bryan Commission also took part in the service as Pastor Bob McFarland (Retired) gave the charge to the new pastor and Pastor Jonathan Leach gave the charge to the congregation and led the singing throughout the service. The service concluded with Pastor Rockhill pronouncing the benediction as the newly installed pastor of the Living Way RPMC. The evening then capped off with a wonderful time of fellowship. The Living Way RPMC is very encouraged as they move forward with a desire to proclaim Christ and His Gospel in their community. The Bryan/College Station community has a population of about 176,000 and is the home of Texas A&M University.
Some items for prayer:
1) Pray for Pastor Rockhill and his family as they get settled in their new home and community.
2) Pray for the Living Way RPMC as they seek opportunities to minister the gospel to those in the community.
3) Pray for the expectant mothers of the congregation and the children they are carrying.
4) Pray that the Lord would bring further strength and stability to the congregation as they look forward, d.v., to the addition of local elders and the particularization of the congregation in the future.
Rev Steve Rockhill