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					 1                     ONE-HUNDRED FIFTH STATED MEETING
 2                          GULF COAST PRESBYTERY
 3                          TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2007
 4                      WILDWOOD PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
 5                           TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA

 6   07-46 CALL TO ORDER & OPENING PRAYER

 7        The 105th stated meeting of Gulf Coast Presbytery was called to order at 10:10
 8        AM (CDT) on Tuesday, October 9, 2007, at the Wildwood Presbyterian Church,
 9        Tallahassee, Florida by Moderator, TE Chuck Ryor. TE Ryor introduced the
10        worship team and asked TE Joe Elliot to lead us in a call to worship, Scripture
11        readings, and prayer.

12   07-47 ROLL CALL & DETERMINATION OF QUORUM

13        A quorum was declared to be present with the following commissioners in
14        attendance:

              CHURCHES               TEACHING ELDERS              RULING ELDERS
      Chattahoochee


      Christ, Mobile               D. Eide


      Christ Community Church


      Concord                      R. Dekker                  S. Hardy


      CenterPointe                 C. Ryor


      Cornerstone, Destin          D. Roberts


      Cornerstone, Tallahassee     J. Watson                  Ron Hawks


      Covenant                     B. Hayes                   L. Hinkle
                                   R. Hopper
      Covenant Reformed            R. LaGuardia


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Eastern Shore
                          J. Fair


Fairfield
                          D. Crenshaw
Faith, Robertsdale, AL    T. Barnes        K. Sanders


First, Atmore             J. Thorpe        D. Bilbo


First, Niceville          J. Grider        R. Patterson
                          D. Shackleford   B. Burnet
First, Panama City                         Jim Rish
                          B. Lamkin
Grace Fellowship, Gulf    R. Fennig        T. J. Neely
Shores

Grace, Madison            J. Hopood        K. Pittman




Grace Community, Mobile   J. Bryars


Loxley                    T. Barnes        L. Keuler


McIlwain                                   R. Myers


New Philadelphia                           K. White


Pinewoods                 D. Anderegg


Safe Harbor               J. Calderazzo
                                           F. Rall
Warrington                R. Hornick


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      Westminster, Fort Walton        B. Tyson                     J. Richardson


      Westminster, Tallahassee        J. Craft


      Westminster, Milton             W. Groseclose


      Wildwood                        B. Evans                     B. Brown
                                      E. Hague                     J. Hill
                                      B. Pullen                    J. Trostle


 1                                OTHER TEACHING ELDERS

      TEACHING ELDERS                                       TEACHING ELDERS

      D. Box                                                D. Paulson
      S. Brooks                                             D. Story
      J. Elliot                                             B. Sinclair
      A. Maves




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 3         EXCUSED: TE W. Cathey, W. Channell, S. DeVries, P. Fowler, B. Gardner, M.
 4         Griffith, M. Kirk, R. Looper, G. Omerly, A. Phillips, J. Riggs, J. Robbins, T. Rott,
 5         G. Shamblin and
 6
 7         RE Commissioners from Fairfield, Warrington and Westminster PCA, Milton, FL.

 8         VISITORS: Pam Sinclair, Scott Moore, Demistrius Summerville, Chris Inman and
 9         Bryan Loney

10   07-48 APPROVAL OF PRINTED MINUTES

11         The docket was amended to approve the minutes from the 104th Stated Meeting
12         and the called meeting of August 29, 2007 after lunch.

13   07-49 COMMUNICATIONS

14     1. Letters from TE Tim Locke and the Session, Pinewoods Presbyterian Church
15        requesting that presbytery dissolve the pastoral relationship between them,
16        referred to Ministers and Candidates.
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 1     2. Letter from TE Andy Newell and the congregation of New Philadelphia
 2        Presbyterian Church requesting that presbytery dissolve the pastoral relationship
 3        between them, referred to Ministers and Candidates.
 4
 5     3. Letter from the Session, Grace Community Church endorsing Messrs. Scott
 6        Moore, Demistrius Summerville and Chris Inman as candidates for the Gospel
 7        Ministry, referred to Ministers and Candidates.
 8
 9     4. Letter from the Session, CenterPoint Church endorsing Mr. Bryan Loney as a
10        candidate for the gospel ministry, referred to Ministers and Candidates.
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12     5. Applications from Messrs. Scott Moore, Demistrius Summerville, Chris Inman
13        and Bryan Loney requesting that presbytery receive them as candidates for the
14        gospel ministry, referred to Ministers and Candidates.
15
16     6. Letter from the Congregation of Covenant Presbyterian Church, Panama City,
17        notifying presbytery of the change in call of TE R. Hayes to Associate Pastor for
18        Missions, referred to Ministers and Candidates.
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20     7. Letter from TE Roy Taylor, Stated Clerk informing presbytery that her minutes
21        had been approved without exception in form or substance, received as
22        information.
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24     8. Minutes from the Commission to ordain and install TE Win Groseclose as Pastor
25        of the Westminster Presbyterian Church, found in order and printed in the
26        minutes. (Appendix A)
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28     9. Minutes from the Commission to install TE J. Thorpe as Pastor of the First
29        Presbyterian Church, Atmore, AL, found in order and printed in the minutes.
30        (Appendix B)
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32     10. Minutes from the Commission to install TE Paul Fowler as Pastor, Eastern Shore
33         Presbyterian Church, found in order and printed in the minutes. (Appendix C)
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35     11. Minutes from the Commission to organize CenterPoint Church, Tallahassee, FL.
36        The minutes were found to be in order and printed in the minutes (Appendix D).
37
38     12. Requests for excused absence from:
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40               TE W. Cathey, W. Channell, S. DeVries, P. Fowler, B. Gardner, M.
41               Griffith, M. Kirk, R. Looper, G. Omerly, A. Phillips, J. Riggs, J. Robbins,
42               T. Rott, G. Shamblin and
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44               RE Commissioners from Fairfield, Warrington and Westminster PCA,
45               Milton, FL.

46   07-50 ADOPTION OF DOCKET


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 1        The docket was adopted as amended. (Appendix E)

 2   07-51 INTRODUCTIONS OF VISITORS

 3        Visitors to presbytery were introduced. (See 07-47)

 4   07-52 APPOINTMENT OF STANDING COMMITTEES

 5        The moderator appointed the following to serve on the Standing Committees of
 6        presbytery:

 7        Bills and Overtures:

 8           TE James Calderazzo, Chairman
 9           TE Bill Tyson
10           RE James Hill
11           RE T. J. Neely

12        Resolution and Thanks:

13           TE Jim Craft, Chairman
14           TE Deter Powilson
15           RE Fred Rall
16           RE Ron Hawks

17   07-53 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE REPORT – TE R. HORNICK, STATED CLERK

18        TE B. Hornick, Stated Clerk presented the report to presbytery. The following
19        recommendations were approved.
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21        1. That the docket be approved as presented (Appendix E)
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23        2. That the nominations for Presbytery Officers and Committees be approved
24           with the waiving of SR 401 (Appendix F).
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26        3. That the nominations for GA Committees and Agencies be forwarded to the
27           GA Nominating Committee. (Appendix G)
28
29        4. That the 106th Stated Meeting be held at the Blue Springs Baptist Assembly
30           Campgrounds, February 11 & 12, 2008.
31
32        Motion was made and carried to wave the standing rules thus allowing men to
33        serve more than two consecutive terms and that the nominees presented by
34        approved. (See Appendix E for the approved nominees.)

35        The report was approved as a whole.

36   07-54 ADMINISTRATION – TE D. SHACKLEFORD, CHAIRMAN
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 1   TE D. Shackleford presented the Administration Committee’s report to
 2   presbytery. The following recommendations were adopted.
 3
 4   1. That the following churches submitted their Sessional minutes and records on
 5      time to the 104th stated meeting of this Presbytery on May, 8th, 2007, and that
 6      they be approved without exceptions of substance as follows:
 7
 8                       Fairfield, Pensacola, FL
 9                       Faith, Robertsdale, AL
10                       Grace, Madison, FL
11                       Grace Community, Mobile, AL
12                       Grace Fellowship, Gulf Shores, AL
13                       Covenant Reformed, Daphne, FL
14                       Eastern Shore, Fairhope, AL
15
16   REMINDER: Be sure to check the Sessional Minutes Review Schedule for
17             changes and updates to your review date. These are subject to
18             change without notice.
19
20   2. That the following churches be noted as having failed to submit their
21      Sessional minutes and records to the 104st stated meeting of this Presbytery
22      on May 9, 2006 and have been granted a deferment at their request until the
23      October 2007 Stated Meeting.
24
25                       FPC, Niceville, FL
26                       FPC, Panama City, FL
27                       King’s Bay, Panama City Beach, FL
28                       Loxley, Loxley, FL
29                       FPC, Atmore, AL (mail in to be reviewed at 105th S.M.)
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31   3. An Exception of Substance was noted in the minutes of Christ Community
32      Church after a Presbytery review of their records at the 104th Stated Meeting
33      of Gulf Coast Presbytery. The Exception of Substance was discovered in the
34      records of a called meeting of on November 29, 2006 and again on
35      December 15th and 18th, 2006 which intentionally excluded the Pastor/
36      Moderator. A violation of BCO 12-1.
37
38      The Gulf Coast Presbytery directed the Stated Clerk (TE: Robert Hornick) and
39      the current Moderator (TE Chuck Ryor) at it’s 104th Stated Meeting to meet
40      with the Session of Christ Community Church in Pensacola, FL concerning
41      their violation of BCO 12-1 with a request that they should report back with
42      the results of that meeting at the 105th Stated Meeting.
43
44      UPDATE: 10/09/2007. TE: Robert Hornick and TE: Chuck Ryor reported
45      that they made contact with two of the three Session members of Christ
46      Community Church (RE: Randy Peacock and RE: Mick Bro) concerning their
47      Session’s violation of BCO 12-1. The members of the Christ Community
48      Church Session acknowledged their error and asked for the forgiveness of
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 1           the Gulf Coast Presbytery, stating that there Session would guard against
 2           making this mistake again in the future.
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 4        4. Proposed budget for 2008. (See Appendix H).
 5
 6        5. The Administrative committee made the following recommendations which
 7           received unanimous approval from the floor:
 8
 9           a. That the Stated Clerks stipend be increased to $475.00 per month.
10           b. That the Recording Clerks stipend be increased to $240.00 per stated
11              meeting and $140.00 per called meeting.
12           c. That RUF Campus Minister T.E. David Story be increased to $12,500.00
13              per year.
14
15        The report was approved as a whole.

16   07-55 EXAMINATIONS – TE S. CLOUD

17        TE Dave Crenshaw presented the report in lieu of TE S. Cloud. Mr. Crenshaw
18        opened with prayer and introduced four candidates four the Gospel ministry: Scott
19        Moore, Demistrius Summerville, Chris Inman and Bryan Loney. Presbytery voted
20        to proceed with the examination.

21        RE R. Myers examined all four candidates in the area of his Christian Experience
22        and sense of call to the ministry. A motion was made and carried to arrest this
23        portion of the exam.

24        Move to arrest this portion of their exam and that they be received as candidates
25        for the Gospel ministry in Gulf Coast Presbytery. The questions for candidacy
26        were put to all four men by Moderator T. Ryor. TE R. Dekker then gave the
27        candidates a charge suitable to the occasion.

28   SPECIAL ORDER – 12:45 PM – SHARING AND PRAYER GROUPS

29   SPECIAL ORDER – 1:00 – 1:45 PM – LUNCH

30   07-56 CHRISTIAN EDUCATION – TE B. PULLEN, CHAIRMAN

31        TE B. Pullen opened with prayer and presented the report to presbytery. He
32        informed the presbytery of several conference opportunities and resources for
33        Deacons, and Youth and Children’s Ministries.

34        TE Pullen Introduced Mrs. Julie Costas, Pres-WIC President to the presbytery.
35        Mrs Costas gave an oral report on the work of Pres-WIC. (See Appendix I for
36        this full report.)

37         The Committee is again planning an over-night retreat at the February meeting
38         of presbytery and it will feature a speaker who will focus on how the Gospel
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 1           intersects with Culture.

 2           CE&P Discipleship Conference coming up in November 2008 on the subject of
 3           ―Making the Invisible Kingdom Visible‖ to be held at the Omni Hotel at CNN
 4           Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

 5           The report was received as a whole.

 6   07-57 MINISTERS & CANDIDATES – TE R. DEKKER, CHAIRMAN

 7      1.     Whereas, TE Locke has received a call to another church, and has together with the
 8             church submitted the necessary documents of a resignation and congregational
 9             minutes approving the resignation, the MAC moves that GCP approve the dissolution
10             of TE Tim Locke from the Associate Pastor position at Pinewoods Church and
11             transfer him to Metro New York Presbytery.
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13      2.     Whereas, TE Newell has received a call to another church, and has together with the
14             church submitted the necessary documents of a resignation and congregational
15             minutes approving the resignation, the MAC moves that GCP approve the dissolution
16             of TE Newell from the Pastor position at New Philadelphia Church and transfer him to
17             Palmetto Presbytery.
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19      3.     That presbytery adopt the following amendment to the Standing Rules
20             (Second vote):

21                  The Committee on M&C will serve presbytery by:
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23                  Meeting with each minister in the Presbytery actively serving in a pulpit at least once per
24                  year for dialogue and prayer over personal, pastoral and presbytery concerns. This
25                  meeting may be initiated by a member of the committee or by invitation of the minister
26                  and/or the session or at the direction of the Presbytery. Normally, when the contact is
27                  initiated by the committee member a personal meeting will ensue in an environment of
28                  encouragement, counsel and shepherding. If the committee member regards it as
29                  necessary, he shall refer items of concern to the committee as a whole for further action.
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31                  Rationale:
32                       The passivity of being "invited" is removed by this motion
33                       The problems that arise in our churches are addressed from a pastoral
34                          perspective rather than simply administrative
35                       This will require a major change of focus in how we care for our pastors and
36                          make us more proactive in personally identifying and addressing potential
37                          problems. Even if we helped one man or church per year it would be worth it.
38                       This will require our most seasoned elders and pastors to be on the M&C
39                          committee because of the shepherding requirements.

40           4. Whereas no additional information has been provided to the MAC by TE Crow, the
41              MAC moves to table any action to the February 08 meeting.
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43           5. To pray for those on our roles and specifically for those who are ―Delinquent‖ in their
44              reporting to the body. (including Missionaries, Military Chaplains, Honorably Retired,
45              those without-call, and those Laboring Out-of- Bounds)
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47           6. That presbytery receive the annual report of Candidates and Licentiates as
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 1           information. (Appendix K)

 2        TE Dekker closed the report with prayer. The report of approved as a whole.
 3        (See Appendix J for the full report of the Committee)

 4   07-58 MISSION TO NORTH AMERICA - TE J. BRYARS, CHAIRMAN

 5        TE J. Bryars presented the report to Presbytery.

 6           1. Church planter Joe Elliot gave a report on the work at Door of Hope
 7              Mission in Tallahassee, FL.
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 9           2. The Committee reported that they approved a loan of up to $50,000 for the
10              purchase of property from the Loan Account for the Door of Hope Church.

11        TE J. Bryars closed the report with prayer asking God’s blessing on the
12        committee and its work. The report as a whole was received as information.

13   07- 59 MISSION TO THE WORLD - TE R. LAGUARDIA, CHAIRMAN

14        TE R. LaGuardia, chairman of the MTW Committee, opened with prayer and
15        introduced

16           1. Announced to presbytery about the PCA global missions conference in
17              Atlanta November 16-18, 2007
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19           2. Introduced Bruce Sinclair, MTW missionary to Uganda; he gave the
20              presbytery a presentation and update on his work in Uganda
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22           3. Introduced Bob Hayes and he gave the presbytery a report on
23              transitioning to his new role as missions pastor; Bob mentioned how he
24              might be able to assist members of presbytery in the area of planning
25              short term missions trips to Uganda
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27        TE Arnie Maves closed the report in prayer.

28   07-60 FLORIDA JOINT COMMISSION ON RUF - TE B. HAYES, CHAIRMAN

29        TE B. Hayes gave the report to presbytery.

30           1. He reported that there is continuing contact with the Alabama Joint RUF
31              Committee about the possibility of their beginning an RUF work at the
32              University of South Alabama in Mobile.
33           2. He then called on David Story who presented an update on the RUF work
34              at Florida State University.
35           3. Mr. Hayes then challenged each of our churches who have not previously
36              supported RUF do so and those who currently support this work, to
37              consider and increase in their giving.
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 1        The report as whole was approved. Mr. Hayes closed the report with prayer.

 2   07-62 NEW BUSINESS

 3        1. BCO Amendment: For: 39 Against: 0 Abstain: 6
 4
 5        2. A Complaint was brought against presbytery’s action in passing the
 6           amendment to our Standing Rules (See 07-52.3). The complaint was found
 7           to be in order and received by presbytery.

 8       3. A motion was made and seconded for Gulf Coast Presbytery to adopt the ―9
 9          Declarations‖ of the 35th General Assembly concerning the Federal Vision
10          and the New Perspectives on Paul, and that Gulf Coast Presbytery require all
11          ministers and ministerial candidates to profess agreement with these
12          declarations and that all sessions of Gulf Coast Presbytery be encouraged to
13          adopt these declarations as well. The motion carried.

14        3. Time & Place of the 106TH Stated Meeting - The next stated meeting of Gulf
15           Coast Presbytery will be held February 11-12, 2008 at Blue Springs Christian
16           Retreat Center in Mariana, Florida.
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18        4. A motion was made and seconded to reconsider the previous action of
19           presbytery in adopting the proposed amendment to the Standing Rules. The
20           motion carried by the required 2/3 vote. (See 07-52.2)
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22           The proposed Standing Rules amendment was brought to the floor and failed
23           to pass.

24           The Complaint against the proposed amendment to the Standing Rules was
25           withdrawn.

26      07-63 REPORTS OF STANDING COMMITTEES & COMMISSIONS

27        1. Kings Bay Commission – No Report
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29        2. Resolution & Thanks

30           The following resolution of thanks was adopted:

31              Whereas, we the members of the gulf Coast Presbytery give thanks to
32              God for this 105th Stated Meeting, and

33              Whereas, we appreciate greatly the gracious hospitality shown by our host
34              church, the Wildwood Presbyterian Church of Tallahassee, Florida.

35              Be it resolved, that the Gulf Coast Presbytery express its thank and
36              appreciation to the Wildwood Presbyterian Church of Tallahassee for
37              hosting our meeting, for serving a delicious meal and for seeing to our
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 1               corporate and individual needs and comfort as a Presbytery in Session
 2               this 9th day of October, 2007.

 3           Resolution and Thanks Committee,

 4           Jim Craft, Chairman
 5
 6   07-48 (CONT’D) APPROVAL OF PRINTED MINUTES
 7
 8        1. Approved the minutes of 104th Stated Meeting with these changes:
 9
10              Bruce Sinclair and Chuck Phillips should be added to excused absence
11               list.
12              A proposed Standing Rules amendment inserted as 07-30.7.
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14               A meeting with each minister in the Presbytery actively serving in a pulpit
15               at least once per year for dialogue and prayer over personal, pastoral and
16               presbytery concerns. This meeting may be initiated by a member of the
17               committee or by invitation of the minister and/or the session or at the
18               direction of the Presbytery. Normally, when the contact is initiated by the
19               committee member a personal meeting will ensue in an environment of
20               encouragement, counsel and shepherding. If the committee member
21               regards it as necessary, he shall refer items of concern to the committee
22               as a whole for further action.

23        2. Approved the minutes of the Called Meeting on August 29, 2007 as
24           presented.
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26        3. A motion was made and carried to amend page 9 (specific charges against
27           TE M. Swain) of the minutes of the 97th Stated Meeting of Gulf Coast
28           Presbytery as follows:

29              Was involved in the public scandal of his divorce;
30              Allowing the First Presbyterian Church of Niceville congregation to
31               vote to dissolve his pastoral relationship without informing them of his
32               impending divorce without informing them of the nature of his
33               personal and marital struggles.
34              Allowing the Gulf Coast Presbytery to vote to dissolve his pastoral
35               relationship without informing it of his impending divorce without
36               informing them of the nature of his personal and marital
37               struggles.

38        NOTE: The effect of this motion is to correct the mistaken notion that TE M.
39        Swain had intention of divorcing his wife. The divorce eventually happened but it
40        was not his intention, or sought by him.

41   07-64 ADJOURNMENT AND CLOSING PRAYER

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 1   Presbytery adjourned at 3:31 (CDT). TE Chuck Ryor led in the closing prayer.

 2   Respectfully submitted,

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 4   TE R. Hornick, Stated Clerk

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 1                                          APPENDIX A
 2
 3                    REPORT OF COMMISSION TO ORDAIN/INSTALL
 4          Mr. Winthrop W. Groseclose as Pastor of the Westminster Presbyterian Church .
 5
 6   The Commission met on May 20, 2007 at 8:00            a.m./p.m. at the church A quorum was present.
 7
 8   Commission members present were:
 9        TE Robert Dekker                       RE Obie Willis
10        TE Arnold Maves                        RE Dan Kennedy
11        TE Jason Riggs                         RE David McLellan
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13   The Commission meeting was opened with prayer by Dan Kennedy. TE _Robert Dekker was
14   elected chairman and RE David McLellan was elected Secretary of the Commission. The
15   Commission recessed with prayer by TE Jason Riggs for the ordination/installation service.
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17   The Chairman presided in the sanctuary service, which was opened with singing, prayer and
18   Scripture reading. The sermon was preached by Rev. Robert Dekker on the topic/text: 2 Thess.
19   2:15 .
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21   The Chairman stated briefly the previous proceedings of the Presbytery, and pointed out the
22   nature and importance of the ordination/installation ordinance.
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24   The TE Maves propounded the constitutional questions to the Candidate/Minister (BCO 21.9)
25   and these were answered in the affirmative. The TE Riggs then propounded the constitutional
26   questions to the congregation (BCO 21.10), and these were answered in the affirmative by the
27   Members holding up their right hands. The Candidate then knelt and was set apart to the holy
28   office of the Gospel Ministry with prayer and the laying on of hands. He then rose and the
29   Members of the Commission gave him the right hand of fellowship. The Chairman then
30   declared that Mr Winthrop W. Groseclose had been regularly elected, ordained, and installed as
31   Pastor of the Church.
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33   A charge to the Pastor was delivered by Mr./Rev. Jason Riggs..
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35   A charge to the Congregation was delivered by Rev. Jason Riggs.
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37   Following prayer and singing, the new Pastor pronounced the benediction.
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39   The Commission reconvened, approved its Minutes, and was adjourned by prayer by
40   Obie Willis.
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 1                                        APPENDIX B
 2
 3          REPORT OF COMMISSION TO ORDAIN/INSTALL TE JAMES THORPE
 4          AS PASTOR OF THE FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, ATMORE, AL
 5
 6   The Commission met on September 9, 2007 at 3 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church,
 7   Atmore , Alabama. A quorum was present.
 8
 9   Commission members present were:
10       TE Charlie Sledge                   RE Dennis Bilbo
11       TE Stephen Cloud                    RE Butch Ritchie
12       TE Tim Locke                        RE Robert Johnson
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14   The Commission meeting was opened with prayer by TE.Butch Ritchie.
15   TE Stephen Cloud was elected chairman and RE. Butch Ritchie was elected Secretary
16   of the Commission. The Commission recessed with prayer by RE Dennis Bilbo for the
17   ordination/installation service.
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19   The Chairman presided in the sanctuary service, which was opened with singing, prayer
20   and Scripture reading. The sermon was preached by TE.Stephen Cloud, on the
21   topic/text: Plowing Ahead, Luke 9:57-62.
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23   The Chairman stated briefly the previous proceedings of the Presbytery, and pointed
24   out the nature and importance of the ordination/installation ordinance.
25
26   The Chairman propounded the constitutional questions to the Candidate/Minister (BCO
27   21.9) and these were answered in the affirmative. The Chairman then propounded the
28   constitutional questions to the congregation (BCO 21.10), and these were answered in
29   the affirmative by the Members holding up their right hands. The Candidate then
30   kneeled and was set apart to the holy office of the Gospel Ministry with prayer and the
31   laying on of hands. He then rose and the Members of the Commission gave him the
32   right hand of fellowship. The Chairman then declared that TE Jim Thorpe had been
33   regularly elected, (ordained), and installed as Pastor of the Church.
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35   A charge to the Pastor was delivered by TE Tim Locke.
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37   A charge to the Congregation was delivered by TE Charles Sledge.
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39   Following prayer and singing, the new Pastor pronounced the benediction.
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41   The Commission reconvened, approved its Minutes, and was adjourned by prayer by
42   RE Robert Johnson.
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 1                                          APPENDIX C
 2
 3                  Minutes from the Commission to install TE Paul Fowler
 4                      as Pastor, Eastern Shore Presbyterian Church
 5
 6   The Commission met on September 9, 2007, at 4:45 p.m. at the church. A quorum was present.
 7
 8   Commission members present were:
 9        TE Jeremy Fair                         RE Robby Smith
10        TE Joe Grider                          RE Ken Robinson
11        TE Jim Bryars                          RE Tony Chesser
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13   Others Present: Lamar Allen, guest of the Commission, and TE Paul Fowler.
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15   The Commission meeting was opened with prayer by convener Jeremy Fair. Rev. Jeremy Fair
16   was elected chairman and Rev. Joe Grider was elected Secretary of the Commission. The
17   Commission went over the service and the duties of the participants. The Commission then read
18   the minutes and voted to approve them. The Commission recessed with prayer by a season of
19   prayer by the Commission for the installation service.
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21   The Chairman presided in the sanctuary service, which was opened with singing, prayer and
22   Scripture reading. The sermon was preached by Rev. Joe Grider, on the importance of ―Seeing
23   Jesus Together‖ using the texts of Col. 1:15-18 & Heb. 11:39-12:3.
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25   The Chairman stated briefly the previous proceedings of the Presbytery, and pointed out the
26   nature and importance of the ordination/installation ordinance.
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28   The Chairman propounded the constitutional questions to the Minister (BCO 21.9) and these
29   were answered in the affirmative. The Chairman then propounded the constitutional questions to
30   the Eastern Shore Presbyterian Church congregation (BCO 21.10), and these were answered in
31   the affirmative by the Members holding up their right hands. The Candidate then kneeled and
32   was set apart to the holy office of the Gospel Ministry with prayer and the laying on of hands.
33   He then rose and the Members of the Commission gave him the right hand of fellowship. The
34   Chairman then declared that Rev. Paul Fowler had been regularly elected, and installed as Pastor
35   of the Church.
36
37   A charge to the Pastor was delivered by Mr. Lamar Allen.
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39   A charge to the Congregation was delivered by Rev Jim Bryars.
40
41   Following prayer and singing, the new Pastor pronounced the benediction.
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45                                _________Joe Grider_________________________
46                                                    Secretary
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 3   REPORT OF COMMISSION TO ORDAIN & INSTALL RULING ELDERS AT CENTERPOINT CHURCH
 4                AND OFFICIALLY PARTICULARIZE CENTERPOINT CHURCH
 5
 6   Report of the Commission to ordain Mr. Steve Gibbons, Mr. Mike Houghton, Mr. Bryan Loney and Mr.
 7   Jonathan Watson as Ruling Elders and Rev. Chuck Ryor and Steven Brooks as Teaching Elders and
 8   members of the Session of the particular congregation, CenterPoint Church.
 9
10
11   EXAMINATION
12
13   The Commission met to examine the candidates on Thursday, June 6th at 7:00 p.m. at the residence of
14   TE Chuck Ryor. Examination members were Chairman TE Chuck Ryor, TE Steven Brooks, and RE Eric
15   Haug.
16
17       The Commission meeting was opened with prayer by Chuck Ryor. TE Steven Brooks was elected
18        Secretary of the Commission.
19
20        The following Ruling Elder Candidates were examined: Mr. Steve Gibbons, Mr. Mike Houghton,
21        Mr. Bryan Loney and Mr. Jonathan Watson.
22
23        Each nominee was questioned individually and in turn in the areas of Christian Experience,
24            Knowledge of the System of Doctrine, Government and Discipline contained in the
25            Standards, the duties of the office, and willingness to give assent to the questions required
26            for ordination in BCO 24-5.
27
28        After completion of examination, it was moved, seconded and passed to declare the following men
29             eligible for election to the office of Ruling Elder according to BCO 24-1.
30
31        The Commission closed the meeting with prayer by TE Chuck Ryor.
32
33
34   PETITION RECEIVED AND APPOVED
35
36   The Presbytery received and approved a petition subscribed to by the members of CenterPoint Mission
37   Church indicating that they are seeking to be organized into a congregation of the Presbyterian Church
38   in America, and appointing a time and date for the service of organization: Sunday, August 16th at
39   11:00 a.m.
40
41
42   ORDINATION & INSTALLATION
43
44   The Commission reconvened on June 16, 2007 at The Tallahassee Little Theater at 10:00 a.m.
45   A quorum was present of both the commission and of the congregation members was present
46   [members of congregation were received by evangelist prior to particularization according to BCO 5:6].
47
48   The candidates who had been trained as Ruling Elders were then presented to the congregation and
49   unanimously elected as Ruling Elders of CenterPoint Church.
50
51   Commission members present were:
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 1          TE David Story                  RE Eric Haug
 2          TE Chuck Ryor                   RE John Schmidt
 3          TE Steven Brooks
 4
 5   The Commission meeting was opened with prayer by TE Chuck Ryor.
 6   Rev. Ryor was elected chairman and Rev. Brooks was elected Secretary of the Commission. The
 7   Commission recessed with prayer by Rev. Story for the ordination/installation service.
 8
 9   The Chairman presided in the sanctuary service, which was opened with singing, prayer and Scripture
10   reading. The sermon was preached by Rev. Ryor, on the text: Ephesians 5:21-32.
11   The Chairman stated briefly the previous proceedings of the Presbytery, and pointed out the nature
12   and importance of the ordination/installation ordinance.
13
14   The Chairman propounded the constitutional questions to the Elders (BCO 21.9) and these were
15   answered in the affirmative. The Chairman then propounded the constitutional questions to the
16   CenterPoint congregation (BCO 21.10), and these were answered in the affirmative by the Members
17   holding up their right hands. The Candidates then kneeled and were set apart to the office of Ruling
18   Elder with prayer and the laying on of hands. They then rose and the Members of the Commission gave
19   him the right hand of fellowship. The Chairman then declared that Mr. Steve Gibbons, Mr. Mike
20   Houghton, Mr. Bryan Loney and Mr. Jonathan Watson have been regularly elected, ordained, and
21   installed as Ruling Elders at CenterPoint Church.
22
23   The Session then elected RE Jonathan Watson as its clerk, dismissed TE’s Ryor and Brooks and
24   presented the recommendation of the Pastoral Search Committee.                This committee’s
25   recommendations were presented to congregation: that TE Chuck Ryor be called as the Senior Pastor
26   and that TE Steven Brooks be called as an Associate Pastor. The motions were both seconded and
27   passed unanimously by the congregation.
28
29   The constitutional questions were propounded to TE’s Ryor and Brooks (II. P, Q, R)
30   The Session of the Church then prayed for TE’s Ryor and Brooks.
31   Following prayer, TE Ryor pronounced a benediction.
32
33   TE David Story gave a charge to the pastors and the congregation.
34   The Commission reconvened, approved its Minutes, and was adjourned by prayer by TE Steven Brooks.
35
36                                          _____________________________________________
37                                                    Secretary, TE Steven Brooks
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 7   CONGREGATIONAL CALL FOR TE CHUCK RYOR
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10   ―The CenterPoint Church being on sufficient grounds well satisfied of the ministerial qualifications of you, Chuck
11   Ryor, and having good hopes from our knowledge of your labors that your ministrations in the Gospel will be
12   profitable to our spiritual interests, do earnestly call you to undertake the pastoral office of Senior Pastor in
13   CenterPoint Church, promising you, in the discharge of your duty, all proper support, encouragement and obedience
14   in the Lord. That you may be free from worldly cares and avocations, we hereby promise and oblige ourselves to
15   pay you the salary that you are presently receiving as approved by the CenterPoint Church Congregational vote of
16   December, 2006 and terms approved by the Gulf Coast Presbytery.
17
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19   In testimony whereof we have respectively subscribed our names this 16 th day of June, 2007 A.D.
20
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23   _________________________________
24   RE Steve Gibbons
25
26   _________________________________
27   RE Mike Houghton
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29   _________________________________
30   RE Bryan Loney
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32   _________________________________
33   RE Jonathan Watson
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37   Attest: I, having moderated the congregational meeting which extended a call to Chuck Ryor and Steven Brooks for
38   their ministerial services, do certify that the call has been made in all respects according to the rules laid down in the
39   Book of Church Order, and that the persons who signed the foregoing call were authorized to do so by vote of the
40   congregation.
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43                                                  _________________________________
44                                                  TE David Story, Moderator of the Meeting
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 8   CONGREGATIONAL CALL FOR TE STEVEN BROOKS
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11   ―The CenterPoint Church being on sufficient grounds well satisfied of the ministerial qualifications of you, Steven
12   Brooks, and having good hopes from our knowledge of your labors that your ministrations in the Gospel will be
13   profitable to our spiritual interests, do earnestly call you to undertake the pastoral office of Associate Pastor in
14   CenterPoint Church, promising you, in the discharge of your duty, all proper support, encouragement and obedience
15   in the Lord. That you may be free from worldly cares and avocations, we hereby promise and oblige ourselves to
16   pay you the salary that you are presently receiving as approved by the CenterPoint Church Congregational vote of
17   December, 2006 and terms approved by the Gulf Coast Presbytery.
18
19
20   In testimony whereof we have respectively subscribed our names this 16th day of June, 2007 A.D.
21
22
23   _________________________________
24   RE Steve Gibbons
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26   _________________________________
27   RE Mike Houghton
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29   _________________________________
30   RE Bryan Loney
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32   _________________________________
33   RE Jonathan Watson
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38   Attest: I, having moderated the congregational meeting which extended a call to Chuck Ryor and Steven Brooks for
39   their ministerial services, do certify that the call has been made in all respects according to the rules laid down in the
40   Book of Church Order, and that the persons who signed the foregoing call were authorized to do so by vote of the
41   congregation.
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45                                                  TE David Story, Moderator of the Meeting
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 1                                                Appendix E
 2
 3                                          PROPOSED DOCKET
 4                          GULF COAST PRESBYTERY – 105th STATED MEETING
 5                               October 9, 2007 – 10:00 AM CDT/11:00 EDT
 6
 7   1. Call to Order and Opening Prayer
 8
 9   2. Worship Service
10
11   3. Roll Call & Determination of a Quorum
12
13   4. Approval of Printed Minutes
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15   5. Communications
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17   6. Adoption of Docket
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19   7. Introduction of Visitors
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21   8. Appointment of Standing Committees
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23   9. Permanent Committee Reports
24
25       Administration – TE Dennis Shackleford
26
27       Examinations – TE Stephen Cloud
28
29       Christian Education – TE Barksdale Pullen
30
31       Ministers and Candidates – TE Robert Dekker
32
33       Mission to North America – TE Jim Bryars
34
35       Mission to the World – TE Ralph LaGuardia
36
37       Florida Joint Commission on RUF – TE R. Hayes
38
39   SPECIAL ORDER – 12:45 – SHARING AND PRAYER GROUPS
40   SPECIAL ORDER – 1:00 – 1:45 – LUNCH
41
42   10. Old Business
43
44       Oversight Commission Reports
45
46   11. New Business
47       a. BCO Amendments
48       Time & Place of 106th Stated Meeting – Tuesday, February 11&12, 2008
49
50   12. Reports of Standing Committees
51
52   13. Adjournment and Closing Prayer
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 1                                         APPENDIX F

 2                    Nominations for Presbytery Officers & Committees
 3
 4   Moderator – RE Ray Myers                            Stated Clerk – TE Bob Hornick
 5
 6   Recording Clerk – TE Joe Grider                     Treasurer - Bill Luka
 7
 8   Parliamentarian – TE Dewey Roberts
 9
10
11   COMMITTEE                        Class of 2010                   Chairman
12
13   Administration                   RE Ken Sanders
14                                                             TE Dennis Shackleford
15                                    TE Ed Hague
16
17   Christian Education              RE
18                                                             TE Barksdale Pullen
19                                    TE Jim Thorpe
20
21   Examinations                     RE Ray Myers
22                                                             TE Stephen Cloud
23                                    TE Stephen Cloud
24
25   Ministers & Candidates           RE Brock Haddox
26                                    RE Bob Cooper
27                                                             TE Robert Dekker
28                                    TE Robert Dekker
29                                    TE Paul Fowler
30
31   Mission to North America         RE
32                                    RE
33                                                                    TE Jim Bryars
34                                    TE Jim Bryars
35                                    TE
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37   Mission to the World             RE Perry Goodson
38                                                                    TE Ralph La Guardia
39                                    TE Dewey Roberts
40
41   Reformed University Ministries   TE Bob Hayes
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 1                                         APPENDIX G

 2                        NOMINATIONS FOR GA PERMANENT COMMITTEES
 3
 4   For Administrative Committee
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 6      RE                                     TE         Bill Lamkin
 7
 8   For Christian Education & Publications
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10      RE                                     TE         Barksdale Pullen
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12   For Constitutional Business Committee
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14      RE                                     TE
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16   For Interchurch Relations Committee
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18      RE                                     TE         David Story
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20   For Mission to North America
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22      RE      Jim Rish                       TE         John C. Ryor
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24   For Mission to the World
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26      RE                                     TE         Jeremy Fair
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28   For Reformed University Ministries
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30      RE                                     TE         Dennis Shackleford
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32   For Standing Judicial Commission
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34      RE                                     TE
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36   For Theological Examining Committee
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38      RE                                     TE
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40   For Trustee of Covenant College
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42      RE                                     TE
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44   For Trustee of Covenant Theological Seminary
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46      RE                                     TE
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48   For Board of PCA Foundation
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50      RE                                     TE
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52   For Trustee of RBI
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 1                                             APPENDIX H

 2                                 GULF COAST PRESBYTERY, INC.
 3                                      PROPOSED BUDGET
 4                            CALENDAR YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31, 2008
 5
 6                                                                   2007             2008
 7
 8                                                                   Budget           Budget
 9
10   General Fund
11          Administrative Expenses
12                 Executive
13                          Postage                                  $450             $450
14                          Printing                                 800              800
15                          Supplies                                 100              100
16                          Telephone                                1,300            1,300
17                          Travel                                   500              500
18                          Miscellaneous                            100              100
19                          Recording Clerk                          925              1,000
20                          Stated Clerk                             5,400            5,700
21
22                            Total                                  9,575            9,950
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26                  Administration
27                         Postage, Printing & Travel                100              100
28                         Computer
29                         Telephone                                 30               30
30                         Liability Insurance                       1,200            1,200
31                         Web Site                                  70               70
32                            Total                                  1,400            1,400
33
34                  Mission to the World Committee
35                          Committee expenses                       200              200
36                          Short-term Mission                       1,000            1,000
37                             Total                                 1,200            1,200
38
39                  Mission to North America Committee
40                          Committee expenses                       1,550            1,550
41                  Christian Education Committee
42                          Committee expenses                       500              500
43                  Conferences & Retreats                   1,000            1,000
44                          Speakers                                 1,000            1,000
45                             Total                                 2,500            2,500
46
47
48                  Ministers & Candidates Committee
49                          Committee expenses                       500              500
50                          Background checks                        500              500
51                          Conferences                              700              700
52                                                                   1,700            1,700
53
54                  Examinations Committee
55                  Committee expenses                       400              400
56
57                  Reformed University Ministries
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 1                  David Story - Florida State University       12,000       12,500
 2
 3                    Total General Fund                         $30,325      $31,200
 4
 5
 6   Mission to North America Committee Church Planting Fund (Receipts)
 7                                        "$24,000 "             "$24,000 "
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 1                                                  APPENDIX I
 2
 3                      A. Gulf Coast Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in America

 4                     PRESWIC
 5                     2007-2008 Officers
 6
 7   Julie Costas, President    Rollanda Cothran, V.P.        Kathy Tully-Griffin, Treas.   ArleenBlackstone, Sec./Hist.
 8   3094 O'Brien Drive         1128 Ocala Rd., Apt. I-5      4320 Oakmont Drive            736 Revere Avenue
 9   Tallahassee, FL 32309      Tallahassee, FL 32304         Tallahassee, FL 32303         Ft. Walton Beach, FL 32547
10   850/894-0775               850/575-8436                  850/562-1505                  850/863-1364
11   yesmamjulie@aol.com        rocothran@aol.com             kwtully@comcast.net           ablacks657@aol.com
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15        MEMORANDUM
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17        TO:                  Rev. Barksdale M. Pullen, III, Chair, Christian Education
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19        FROM: Julie Costas, President, Gulf Coast PresWIC
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21        RE:                  Report to Stated Meeting of Presbytery
22
23        DATE: October 10, 2007
24        ______________________________________________________________________________
25
26        The enclosed is a brief synopsis of my presentation to the Gulf Coast Presbytery, which was received
27        at the 104th Stated Meeting hosted by Wildwood Presbyterian Church in Tallahassee, Florida on
28        Tuesday, October 9, 2007. I gave the report at your invitation as Chair of the Christian Education
29        Committee. Pastor Joe Grider, Recording Clerk, requested this synopsis for his records.
30
31                 Good afternoon. I trust you have received a gracious welcome today from my home
32                 church—Wildwood Presbyterian. Thank you for allowing me to make this report on
33                 behalf of the Gulf Coast PresWIC. I am Julie Costas, President, and I am half-way
34                 through my term of office. I was installed last October, so I have a year remaining in
35                 my term. I am hoping to resist joining the group of ladies who have, historically,
36                 rotated the office back and forth among themselves.
37
38                 It has been my pleasure to get to know the ladies in your congregations who
39                 participate in PresWIC activities, and I know many of you as well. I want to thank
40                 you for encouraging your ladies' participation. We face some of the same challenges
41                 that you do with getting churches from the far reaches of the Presbytery to
42                 participate, particularly the churches on the western end. But it is important that we
43                 continue to reach out to each other and encourage each other in our walk and faith.
44
45                 We recently had our Fall Rally Day at First Presbyterian in Panama City the
46                 weekend of September 22, 2007. We had about 100 ladies present, from many of
47                 the churches in the Presbytery. The ladies of First Presbyterian were extremely
48                 warm and gracious in their hospitality and, for our speaker, we heard from a lady
49                 who is a member here at Wildwood—Barbara Wright. Barbara is a noted Bible
50                 teacher and speaker locally, and it was my desire to be able to share her giftedness
51                 with the other ladies in the Presbytery. In fact, I have heard that one of the
52                 Pensacola churches has invited Barbara to speak at their retreat next summer, so that
53                 is very encouraging for me and for Barbara.
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 1            We have already lined up a speaker for our annual retreat, which will be held March
 2            7-8, 2008, at everyone's favorite conference center: Blue Springs in Marianna. Our
 3            speaker will be Mrs. Carolyn Nystrom from Saint Charles, Illinois, who is an
 4            extremely well-noted author. In fact, she has written over 80 books and has co-
 5            authored a book with J. I. Packer on prayer. That will be the theme of the retreat, so
 6            I need to get started reading.
 7
 8            Financially, we are sound, but we do appreciate the churches' financial support of
 9            PresWIC. We collect two offerings each year: one that underwrites our Speakers
10            Fund so that we may continue to have quality speakers at our events, and another
11            that funds an annual scholarship for students from churches in our Presbytery who
12            attend Covenant College, Covenant Seminary, or Reformed Theological Seminary.
13            This past year, we were able to provide two scholarships of $750 to two students
14            who attend Covenant College at Lookout Mountain.
15
16            We are already looking forward to next fall's Rally Day which will be hosted by the
17            ladies of McIlwain Memorial Church in Pensacola.
18
19            Again, thank you for allowing me to present this report. I pray that the remainder of
20            your work today will be fruitful and productive. May God bless you.
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23   In His service,
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27   JULIE COSTAS, PRESIDENT
28   Gulf Coast PresWIC
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 1                                                       APPENDIX J
 2
 3   Ministers and Candidates Committee Report
 4   Gulf Coast Presbytery
 5   The GCP October 2007 Stated Meeting
 6   Presenter: TE Dekker, Chairman
 7
 8
 9   THE MEMBERS:
10
     Name                  Class Church                        Contact #
                                                               (850) 932-6243
     TE Robert Dekker      07 Ch Concord, Gulf Breeze                           dekkerr@bellsouth.net
                                                               (850) 384-3106
     TE Scott Seidler      07     Kings Bay, Panama City Beach (850) 774-5007   hesed77@knology.net
     RE Bob Cooper         07     Fairfield, Pensacola         (850) 492-9567   cooperpp@cox.net
     RE Jack Hollingsworth 07     Grace, Madison               (850) 929-4669   cmhollingsworth@earthlink.net
     TE Rob Looper         08     McIlwain, Pensacola          (850) 438-5449   rob@mcilwain.org
                                                               (850) 623-3731
     TE Carl Pearson       08     Honorably Retired                             carl.pearson@mchsi.com
                                                               (850) 994-6715
                                                               (251) 928-0977
     RE Ken Robinson       08     Eastern Shore, Fairhope      (251)928-0337H   KenRobinson@bellsouth.net
                                                               (251)621-0700
     RE Earl Smith         08     Westminster, Ft Walton       (850)-243-2764   smithet311@aol.com
     RE (vacant)           09
     RE Frank Drew         09     Pinewoods, Pensacola         (850) 968-0274   frank.drew@cox.net
     TE Bob Evans          09     Wildwood, Tallahassee        (850)668-0566    bobwildwoodpca@.org
     TE Dieter Paulson     09     Covenant Reformed PCA        (251) 625-1733   Mdieterp@aol.com
11

12   THE MEETINGS:

13   The committee communicated through several email interactions between Presbytery Meetings.

14   THE MATTERS (new and old matters before the committee):

15       1.    The need to clarify the reporting of the 07 Candidates
16       2.    The need to clarify the reporting of the 07 Licentiates
17       3.    The need to clarify the reporting of the current TE’s without call
18       4.    The need to clarify the reporting of the current TE’s working out of Bounds.
19       5.    The need to clarify the reporting of the current Special TE’s (Honorable Retired,
20             Chaplains, & Missionaries)
21       6.    The need to inform GCP on current internships
22       7.    The need to revise the GCP Internship process and make it available on the web
23             site
24       8.    The need to improve the dissolution process, to educate the parties involved on
25             both how it can be done to the glory of God and who can help them through the
26             processes
27       9.    The request from the Executive Committee for an answer to the question as to
28             what is the greatest need to be addressed by GCP in Feb. 08?
29       10.   The need to clarifying the role of the MAC in relation to new Calls and Changes
30             to existing Calls of the GCP TE’s
31       11.   The need to encourage struggling pastors and churches; creating a safe place to
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 1             find healing and restoration by means of the gospel
 2       12.   The need to fill the vacant RE seats on the MAC.
 3       13.   The need follow up on churches who are currently without pastors.
 4       14.   The dispersing of the Covenant Scholarship among candidates
 5       15.   The need to update the web site data
 6       16.   The need to develop a plan to secure background-checks on clergy (especially
 7             for those entering the GCP) to comply with insurance industry expectations
 8       17.   The request concerning the status of TE Bob Marsh of Mariana and of TE Quinn
 9             of Navarre.
10       18.   The request from Covenant Reformed PCA to assist in conflict resolution.
11       19.   The need to purge the rolls of those who are no longer pursing their call to
12             ministry or those who have been without call for more than 3 years.
13       20.   The request from Centerpoint to bring one candidate under the care of GCP
14       21.   The request from Grace Community Church in Mobile to bring 4 candidates
15             under the care of GCP

16   THE ACTIONS

17   No Commission Actions to report.

18   407.1.d. THE MAC has the authority to act as a commission of presbyter in dissolving pastoral
19   relationships in cases where the pastor and congregation formally concur or where no
20   congregation is concerned, to dismiss other ministers, licentiates or candidates. The committee
21   shall inform the stated clerk of this action so that the clerk may dismiss the ministers.

22   The Committee Actions:

23    1. The MAC had received a request from TE Crow for mercy to delay activity of
24       divesture. In his request, he clearly indicated that God has renewed a calling upon
25       him. The committee cannot at this time confirm his current status as with or without
26       call. The Committee will secure this information before the Feb. 08 meeting.
27    2. The MAC still has not received many annual reports. The ―delinquent‖ list is
28       presented in the appendix. As was presented in May, ―All who are still negligent in
29       their Presbytery reporting responsibility by the October 2007 meeting of GCP will be
30       included in a discussion at Presbytery concerning their continuing status on our
31       rolls and the untarnished state of their credentials.‖ At the Feb. 08 Stated Meeting,
32       MAC will present the slate of names to the Presbytery of all those who have not
33       reported for the past year, who have neglected their responsibility to communicate
34       with GCP. The slate will be presented for the purpose of removing those names
35       from our rolls with Presbytery’s consent. (*please encourage all to faithfully report
36       to Presbytery -- see work gulfcoastpres.org, committee work pages, Ministers and
37       Candidates)
38    3. We were grateful for those who did remember the APRIL 15th deadline. A summary
39       of those reports is included in the appendix.
40    4. The MAC will continue to pray about the possibility of tasking our members to
41       develop relationships with the GCP churches (either Pastor or Elders). This will be
42       facilitated through an additional change to our Standing Rules. Our suggested goal
43       will be to seek to facilitate contact with at least one elder each month.
44    5. MAC is seeking to keep an active list of available preachers. If you would like to be
45       included, send it to dekkerr@bellsouth.net. (additional contact information is
46       available at Gulfcoastpres.org)
47            a. Sid Philips (Mobile Area) 251-973-1308 fortphillips@aol.com
48            b. David Story (Tallahassee Area)
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 1            c.   Jerry Robbins (Pensacola Area)
 2            d.   Darwin Box (Tallahassee Area)
 3            e.   Dieter Paulson (Daphne Area)
 4            f.   Dennis Shackleford (Niceville Area)
 5            g.   Carl Peterson (East Pensacola Area)
 6            h.   Jeremy Fair (Fairhope Area) @251-990-5892 jfair@espcfairhope.org
 7    6. MAC has removed Phil Roderick from the rolls because he is no longer pursuing
 8        the pastoral ministry
 9    7. MAC has removed Douglas Ramsey from the rolls because he is no longer
10        pursing a pastoral ministry
11    8. MAC has removed Al Ward from the rolls after his ordination in MS
12    9. MAC has removed Justin Stodghill from the rolls when he transferred to another
13        denomination
14    10. MAC reports that Sid Phillips’s license to preach in GCP expires this month (Oct.
15        07)

16   THE MOTIONS to GCP

17    1.    Whereas, TE Locke has received a call to another church, and has together with the
18    church submitted the necessary documents of a resignation and congregational minutes
19    approving the resignation, the MAC moves that GCP approve the dissolution of TE Tim
20    Locke from the Associate Pastor position at Pinewoods Church in Cantonment, FL.
21
22    2. Whereas, TE Newell has received a call to another church, and has together with the
23    church submitted the necessary documents of a resignation and congregational minutes
24    approving the resignation, the MAC moves that GCP approve the dissolution of TE Newell
25    from the Pastor position at New Philadelphia Church in Quincy, FL.
26
27    3. Whereas the MAC is committed to proactive shepherding rather than reactive
28    shepherding, the MAC offers the following amendment to the GCP bylaws for its second
29    reading:
30    Proposal:   The Committee on M&C will serve presbytery by:
31
32       A. meeting with each minister in the Presbytery actively serving in a pulpit at least once per year for
33   dialogue and prayer over personal, pastoral and presbytery concerns. This meeting may be initiated by a
34   member of the committee or by invitation of the minister and/or the session or at the direction of the
35   Presbytery. Normally, when the contact is initiated by the committee member a personal meeting will
36   ensue in an environment of encouragement, counsel and shepherding. If the committee member regards
37   it as necessary, he shall refer items of concern to the committee as a whole for further action.
38
39   Rationale:
40      * The passivity of being "invited" is removed by this motion
41      * The problems that arise in our churches are addressed from a pastoral perspective rather than simply
42   administrative
43      * This will require a major change of focus in how we care for our pastors and make us more proactive
44   in personally identifying and addressing potential problems. Even if we helped one man or church per
45   year it would be worth it.
46      * This will require our most seasoned elders and pastors to be on the M&C committee because of the
47   shepherding requirements.

48        Whereas no additional information has been provided to the MAC by TE Crow, the
49            MAC moves to table any action to the February 08 meeting.
50        To pray for those on our roles and specifically for those who are ―Delinquent‖ in
51            their reporting to the body.      (including Missionaries, Military Chaplains,
52            Honorably Retired, those without-call, and those Laboring Out-of- Bounds)
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 1                                               APPENDIX K
 2                                  Ministers and Candidates Annual Report
 3                                                      October 2007
 4
 5   In accord with the Gulf Coast Presbytery’s Standing Rules 407:1b and the corresponding points of BCO 18-6, this
 6   annual report of the GCP Candidates and Licentiates is provided so that our presbyters might pray for these men and
 7   personally encourage them as they follow their individual callings into the gospel ministry of Jesus Christ.
 8
 9   Candidates on Roll:
10       1. Matthew Carr
11       2. Bruce Clark
12       3. Matt Eide
13       4. Justin Gischel
14       5. Jay Kessler
15       6. Mark Miller
16       7. Luke Rasmussen
17       8. Wilson Shirley
18       9. Alan Stanton
19       10. Brian Steadman
20       11. Scott Telhiard
21
22   Licentiates on Roll: None
23   Special Teaching Elders (Ministering Out of Bounds or Without Call)
24   TE Darwin Box-- Chaplain
25   TE Timothy Rott-- Chaplain
26   TE Dieter Paulson-- Chaplain
27   TE Dudley Crowe—W/O Call
28   TE Bob Marsh—W/O Call
29   TE Quinn – W/O Call
30   TE Channel—W/O Call
31   TE Chamblain—W/O Call
32
33   REPORTS:
34   Matthew Carr-- Matthew became a candidate in May of 2005. His wife is named Shannon. His
35   home church is Covenant PCA in Panama City, Florida. He is currently attending Covenant
36   Seminary. (No current 07 reporting)
37
38   Bruce Clark – Bruce became a candidate in May of 2005. He is a RE at First Presbyterian
39   Church in Niceville. (No current 07 reporting)
40
41   Matt Eide—Matt became a candidate in Feb. of 07. He is currently working on staff at Christ
42   PCA in Mobile, Al.
43
44   Justin Gischel-- Justin became a candidate in May of 2005. He continues to be a member at
45   Concord PCA in Gulf Breeze, but is currently living in Maryland. He is not yet married but
46   appears to moving in that direction. God has shifted his focus of ministry. He is currently
47   enrolled in a nursing program at Cecil Community College. He continues to serve as a part-time
48   staff member of a PCA church in Bel Air, MD. (A partial report was received in September 07)
49
50   Jay Kessler-- Jay became a candidate in GCP as a member of the Eastern Shore PCA. He
51   has graduated from Covenant Seminary. Having approved his internship requirements at our
52   May meeting, he is seeking ordination in a Church in Great Lakes Presbytery. (No current 07
53   reporting)
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 1   Mark Miller- Mark became a candidate in May 2004 as a part of Christ Community Church in
 2   Pensacola, FL. Mark has been enrolled in Birmingham Theological Seminary and has attended
 3   their classes offered at Eastern Shore PCA. He is interested in begin an internship. (No current
 4   07 reporting)
 5
 6   Douglas Ramsey—Doug became a candidate in October 2002. He reported the completion of
 7   his required seminary training in May. Doug wrote: ―Things are going very well for me now
 8   but due to a number of limiting circumstances, in my present situation I have no immediate
 9   plans to seek ordination. Although I believe that in the future the Lord may indeed lead me in
10   that direction, perhaps in the meantime I should be released from the presbytery's care.‖
11   (Reporting 9-07)
12
13   Luke Rasmussen—Luke became a candidate in October of 06. Mr. Rasmussen is a member
14   in good standing of the Pinewoods Presbyterian Church. He has been endorsed by the Session
15   and has the submitted a Ministerial Candidacy application to presbytery. He has been a
16   member of Pinewoods PCA for more than six months.
17
18   Wilson Shirley—Wilson became a candidate in May 2004. He is married to Laura, and is
19   currently pursuing an MDiv at RTS in Jackson, MS, having completed his first seven hours of
20   classes last fall. He is serving full time at the Highlands Presbyterian Church in Ridgeland, MS
21   as their Youth Minister. His wife is teaching 2nd grade at First Presbyterian Day School in
22   Jackson. He has testified that God is blessing his ministry there, as there has been great
23   parental and parishioner involvement around him to reach out to the rising generation. While
24   the church was seeking a pastor, Wilson was able to gain experience doing other tasks typically
25   met by the pastor. He was able to lead staff devotions regularly and preach occasionally. (No
26   current 07 reporting)
27
28   Brian Steadman—Brian became a candidate in May 2004. He is married to Jessie and is the
29   proud father of a little boy born on August 27, 2005. He has 2 more years at Covenant
30   Seminary in St. Louis. He is busy at school and is working part time at a bank. He is seeking to
31   initiate an internship with the Providence PCA in the near future. (No current 07 reporting)
32
33   Scott Telhiard— Scott became a candidate hank you for your call last week. I graduated this
34   past May with an M.A. in Biblical Studies. I decided in my first year that I was not called to the
35   pastorate and switched my program from M. Div to the M.A. God has blessed my wife and I with
36   wonderful jobs here in Jackson and we joined Brandon Presbyterian Church in 2004. I’ve been
37   fortunate enough to be able to teach Sunday school on a consistent basis as well as serving on
38   3 committees (Discipleship, Home Groups and Christian Education). I have a heart for
39   discipleship and Christian education. (No current 07 reporting)
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