Friday, 15 March 2024, Rev. Trace Turner was installed as Church-Planting Pastor of Houston Reformed Presbyterian Church (HRPC) by a Commission of the Midwest Presbytery (MWP). The meeting was held at 7pm in HRPC’s meeting space in the fellowship hall of St. Thomas of Canterbury Reformed Episcopal Church in Houston, TX. Refreshments and snacks were served after the meeting and there was a joyous time of fellowship and celebration. The meeting was conducted by the Houston Commission, consisting of: Rev. Steve Rockhill (Moderator), Rev. Bruce Parnell (Clerk), Elder Nathanael Cook, and Elder Emeritus Wayne Curry. Additionally, Revs. Romesh Prakashpalan (Dallas, TX) and Robert Kelbe (Manhattan, KS) were present and participated in the Prayer of Installation, which was led by Rev. Parnell.

Rev. Rockhill constituted the court. Narration of Previous Steps was read by a member of the congregation, briefly outlining the history of the mission church and how Rev. Turner was called. Elder Emeritus Wayne Curry from the Commision read the Edict, and then the congregation and the Pastor Elect indicated their adherence to the Call by rising. Rev. Rockhill conducted the Queries for Installation, and then Rev. Parnell led the Prayer of Installation amidst all present elders of the MWP.

Rev. Prakashpalan preached the sermon “That Most Excellent Preaching” from 1 Corinthians 2:1-5, passionately exhorting Rev. Turner to preach “not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power,” and to be “determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” He contrasted what the text teaches is “powerless preaching” with what is “powerful preaching,” admonishing the mission church to crave that most excellent preaching saturated with the power of the Holy Ghost.

Rev. Steve Rockhill earnestly charged Rev. Turner from 1 Peter 5:1-4 to “Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being examples to the flock.” He enjoined Rev. Turner to willingly, diligently, and faithfully use his spiritual gifts and calling to the glory of God and for the good of those he ministers to in Houston, soberly warning him of potential snares in the ministry while pointing him to the power and grace of God.

Elder Nathanael Cook solemnly charged the congregation to faithfully pray for, be encouraging to, and love their pastor, his family, and each other (Rom. 15:30; Eph. 6:18-19; 1 Thes. 5:17, 25; Heb. 13:3; 1 Cor. 13:4-8). He also reminded us of our assent to “promise to help and encourage [new members] in the Christian life” (RP Constitution, D-3).

We praised the Lord in peace and unity from Psalm 133A, and then Pastor Turner adjourned the court in prayer and gave the benediction from 2 Thessalonians 3:5.

Please rejoice with us and pray for Christ’s Kingdom to spread in Houston Texas!

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