On Saturday, March 28th the Atlantic Presbytery of the RPCNA met  remotely via the Zoom platform. 18 delegates and a few other elders as consultative members took part in the meeting.

The Moderator, Noah Bailey, read Ecclesiastes 7:8-14 and addressed the Presbytery on the theme, “The Fear of the Lord Gives Patient Endurance; Consider God’s Irresistible Works.”

Main Business: Steps to Licensure

The main business for this meeting was the examination of a history paper by Hunter Jackson entitled “The Reform of the Medieval Clergy’s Primary Work in the Pastoral Theology of John Calvin.” Following extensive questioning, Mr. Jackson’s paper was sustained. This completed his examinations for the first tier of licensure, eligibility to preach, so Presbytery sustained and certified him eligible to preach. Mr. Jackson is being asked to serve as an intern for the Elkins Park RPC this summer.

A Call to Prayer & Fasting

In light of the judgment of God on us, our nation and the world in the COVID-19 pandemic, the Atlantic Presbytery called on her churches to observe Thursday, April 2, 2020 as a day of prayer and fasting, seeking God’s mercy.

Leadership Changes

George Jackson has recently retired from the session of the Broomall Church. He was recognized for his many years of service as an elder which we believe has been more than half a century, including earlier service in New York City.

Gabriel Wingfield anticipates moving on to Oswego, New York to serve as pastor there. He will be missed by the Presbytery and by Christ RPC in East Providence, Rhode Island.

The Presbytery tended to a few other items of necessary business and adjourned to meet at the call of the Ad Interim Commission since no further meeting dates and locations were set.

Written by Rev Bruce Martin

Rev. Bruce Martin grew up in the Santa Ana RPC and, in 1972, was licensed to preach by the Pacific Coast Presbytery of the RPCNA. He has pastored three RP congregations, most recently the Ridgefield Park RPC, where he has ministered since 1997. Twice Rev. Martin has served as moderator for the RPCNA Synod. 

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