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
CHURCHES TEACHING ELDERS RULING ELDERS
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
Covenant Reformed R. LaGuardia
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
Grace Fellowship, Gulf R. Fennig T. J. Neely
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
Warrington R. Hornick
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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)
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)
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)
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).
38 12. Requests for excused absence from:
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
44 RE Commissioners from Fairfield, Warrington and Westminster PCA,
45 Milton, FL.
46 07-50 ADOPTION OF DOCKET
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
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.
21 1. That the docket be approved as presented (Appendix E)
23 2. That the nominations for Presbytery Officers and Committees be approved
24 with the waiving of SR 401 (Appendix F).
26 3. That the nominations for GA Committees and Agencies be forwarded to the
27 GA Nominating Committee. (Appendix G)
29 4. That the 106th Stated Meeting be held at the Blue Springs Baptist Assembly
30 Campgrounds, February 11 & 12, 2008.
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
1 TE D. Shackleford presented the Administration Committee’s report to
2 presbytery. The following recommendations were adopted.
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:
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
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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
1 the Gulf Coast Presbytery, stating that there Session would guard against
2 making this mistake again in the future.
4 4. Proposed budget for 2008. (See Appendix H).
6 5. The Administrative committee made the following recommendations which
7 received unanimous approval from the floor:
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.
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
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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)
47 6. That presbytery receive the annual report of Candidates and Licentiates as
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.
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
16 1. Announced to presbytery about the PCA global missions conference in
17 Atlanta November 16-18, 2007
19 2. Introduced Bruce Sinclair, MTW missionary to Uganda; he gave the
20 presbytery a presentation and update on his work in Uganda
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
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.
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
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.
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)
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
26 07-63 REPORTS OF STANDING COMMITTEES & COMMISSIONS
27 1. Kings Bay Commission – No Report
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
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
6 07-48 (CONT’D) APPROVAL OF PRINTED MINUTES
8 1. Approved the minutes of 104th Stated Meeting with these changes:
10 Bruce Sinclair and Chuck Phillips should be added to excused absence
12 A proposed Standing Rules amendment inserted as 07-30.7.
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
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
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
1 Presbytery adjourned at 3:31 (CDT). TE Chuck Ryor led in the closing prayer.
2 Respectfully submitted,
4 TE R. Hornick, Stated Clerk
1 APPENDIX A
3 REPORT OF COMMISSION TO ORDAIN/INSTALL
4 Mr. Winthrop W. Groseclose as Pastor of the Westminster Presbyterian Church .
6 The Commission met on May 20, 2007 at 8:00 a.m./p.m. at the church A quorum was present.
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
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.
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 .
21 The Chairman stated briefly the previous proceedings of the Presbytery, and pointed out the
22 nature and importance of the ordination/installation ordinance.
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.
33 A charge to the Pastor was delivered by Mr./Rev. Jason Riggs..
35 A charge to the Congregation was delivered by Rev. Jason Riggs.
37 Following prayer and singing, the new Pastor pronounced the benediction.
39 The Commission reconvened, approved its Minutes, and was adjourned by prayer by
40 Obie Willis.
43 /ss/ David McLellan, Secretary
1 APPENDIX B
3 REPORT OF COMMISSION TO ORDAIN/INSTALL TE JAMES THORPE
4 AS PASTOR OF THE FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, ATMORE, AL
6 The Commission met on September 9, 2007 at 3 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church,
7 Atmore , Alabama. A quorum was present.
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
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.
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.
23 The Chairman stated briefly the previous proceedings of the Presbytery, and pointed
24 out the nature and importance of the ordination/installation ordinance.
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.
35 A charge to the Pastor was delivered by TE Tim Locke.
37 A charge to the Congregation was delivered by TE Charles Sledge.
39 Following prayer and singing, the new Pastor pronounced the benediction.
41 The Commission reconvened, approved its Minutes, and was adjourned by prayer by
42 RE Robert Johnson.
45 /ss/ Butch Ritchie, Secretary
1 APPENDIX C
3 Minutes from the Commission to install TE Paul Fowler
4 as Pastor, Eastern Shore Presbyterian Church
6 The Commission met on September 9, 2007, at 4:45 p.m. at the church. A quorum was present.
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
13 Others Present: Lamar Allen, guest of the Commission, and TE Paul Fowler.
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.
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.
25 The Chairman stated briefly the previous proceedings of the Presbytery, and pointed out the
26 nature and importance of the ordination/installation ordinance.
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.
37 A charge to the Pastor was delivered by Mr. Lamar Allen.
39 A charge to the Congregation was delivered by Rev Jim Bryars.
41 Following prayer and singing, the new Pastor pronounced the benediction.
45 _________Joe Grider_________________________
1 APPENDIX D
3 REPORT OF COMMISSION TO ORDAIN & INSTALL RULING ELDERS AT CENTERPOINT CHURCH
4 AND OFFICIALLY PARTICULARIZE CENTERPOINT CHURCH
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.
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
17 The Commission meeting was opened with prayer by Chuck Ryor. TE Steven Brooks was elected
18 Secretary of the Commission.
20 The following Ruling Elder Candidates were examined: Mr. Steve Gibbons, Mr. Mike Houghton,
21 Mr. Bryan Loney and Mr. Jonathan Watson.
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.
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.
31 The Commission closed the meeting with prayer by TE Chuck Ryor.
34 PETITION RECEIVED AND APPOVED
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.
42 ORDINATION & INSTALLATION
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].
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.
51 Commission members present were:
1 TE David Story RE Eric Haug
2 TE Chuck Ryor RE John Schmidt
3 TE Steven Brooks
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
37 Secretary, TE Steven Brooks
7 CONGREGATIONAL CALL FOR TE CHUCK RYOR
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.
19 In testimony whereof we have respectively subscribed our names this 16 th day of June, 2007 A.D.
24 RE Steve Gibbons
27 RE Mike Houghton
30 RE Bryan Loney
33 RE Jonathan Watson
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
44 TE David Story, Moderator of the Meeting
8 CONGREGATIONAL CALL FOR TE STEVEN BROOKS
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.
20 In testimony whereof we have respectively subscribed our names this 16th day of June, 2007 A.D.
24 RE Steve Gibbons
27 RE Mike Houghton
30 RE Bryan Loney
33 RE Jonathan Watson
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
45 TE David Story, Moderator of the Meeting
1 Appendix E
3 PROPOSED DOCKET
4 GULF COAST PRESBYTERY – 105th STATED MEETING
5 October 9, 2007 – 10:00 AM CDT/11:00 EDT
7 1. Call to Order and Opening Prayer
9 2. Worship Service
11 3. Roll Call & Determination of a Quorum
13 4. Approval of Printed Minutes
15 5. Communications
17 6. Adoption of Docket
19 7. Introduction of Visitors
21 8. Appointment of Standing Committees
23 9. Permanent Committee Reports
25 Administration – TE Dennis Shackleford
27 Examinations – TE Stephen Cloud
29 Christian Education – TE Barksdale Pullen
31 Ministers and Candidates – TE Robert Dekker
33 Mission to North America – TE Jim Bryars
35 Mission to the World – TE Ralph LaGuardia
37 Florida Joint Commission on RUF – TE R. Hayes
39 SPECIAL ORDER – 12:45 – SHARING AND PRAYER GROUPS
40 SPECIAL ORDER – 1:00 – 1:45 – LUNCH
42 10. Old Business
44 Oversight Commission Reports
46 11. New Business
47 a. BCO Amendments
48 Time & Place of 106th Stated Meeting – Tuesday, February 11&12, 2008
50 12. Reports of Standing Committees
52 13. Adjournment and Closing Prayer
1 APPENDIX F
2 Nominations for Presbytery Officers & Committees
4 Moderator – RE Ray Myers Stated Clerk – TE Bob Hornick
6 Recording Clerk – TE Joe Grider Treasurer - Bill Luka
8 Parliamentarian – TE Dewey Roberts
11 COMMITTEE Class of 2010 Chairman
13 Administration RE Ken Sanders
14 TE Dennis Shackleford
15 TE Ed Hague
17 Christian Education RE
18 TE Barksdale Pullen
19 TE Jim Thorpe
21 Examinations RE Ray Myers
22 TE Stephen Cloud
23 TE Stephen Cloud
25 Ministers & Candidates RE Brock Haddox
26 RE Bob Cooper
27 TE Robert Dekker
28 TE Robert Dekker
29 TE Paul Fowler
31 Mission to North America RE
33 TE Jim Bryars
34 TE Jim Bryars
37 Mission to the World RE Perry Goodson
38 TE Ralph La Guardia
39 TE Dewey Roberts
41 Reformed University Ministries TE Bob Hayes
1 APPENDIX G
2 NOMINATIONS FOR GA PERMANENT COMMITTEES
4 For Administrative Committee
6 RE TE Bill Lamkin
8 For Christian Education & Publications
10 RE TE Barksdale Pullen
12 For Constitutional Business Committee
14 RE TE
16 For Interchurch Relations Committee
18 RE TE David Story
20 For Mission to North America
22 RE Jim Rish TE John C. Ryor
24 For Mission to the World
26 RE TE Jeremy Fair
28 For Reformed University Ministries
30 RE TE Dennis Shackleford
32 For Standing Judicial Commission
34 RE TE
36 For Theological Examining Committee
38 RE TE
40 For Trustee of Covenant College
42 RE TE
44 For Trustee of Covenant Theological Seminary
46 RE TE
48 For Board of PCA Foundation
50 RE TE
52 For Trustee of RBI
54 RE TE
56 For Director of Ridge Haven
58 RE TE
1 APPENDIX H
2 GULF COAST PRESBYTERY, INC.
3 PROPOSED BUDGET
4 CALENDAR YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31, 2008
6 2007 2008
8 Budget Budget
10 General Fund
11 Administrative Expenses
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
22 Total 9,575 9,950
27 Postage, Printing & Travel 100 100
29 Telephone 30 30
30 Liability Insurance 1,200 1,200
31 Web Site 70 70
32 Total 1,400 1,400
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
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
48 Ministers & Candidates Committee
49 Committee expenses 500 500
50 Background checks 500 500
51 Conferences 700 700
52 1,700 1,700
54 Examinations Committee
55 Committee expenses 400 400
57 Reformed University Ministries
1 David Story - Florida State University 12,000 12,500
3 Total General Fund $30,325 $31,200
6 Mission to North America Committee Church Planting Fund (Receipts)
7 "$24,000 " "$24,000 "
1 APPENDIX I
3 A. Gulf Coast Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in America
5 2007-2008 Officers
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 firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
17 TO: Rev. Barksdale M. Pullen, III, Chair, Christian Education
19 FROM: Julie Costas, President, Gulf Coast PresWIC
21 RE: Report to Stated Meeting of Presbytery
23 DATE: October 10, 2007
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
23 In His service,
27 JULIE COSTAS, PRESIDENT
28 Gulf Coast PresWIC
1 APPENDIX J
3 Ministers and Candidates Committee Report
4 Gulf Coast Presbytery
5 The GCP October 2007 Stated Meeting
6 Presenter: TE Dekker, Chairman
9 THE MEMBERS:
Name Class Church Contact #
TE Robert Dekker 07 Ch Concord, Gulf Breeze firstname.lastname@example.org
TE Scott Seidler 07 Kings Bay, Panama City Beach (850) 774-5007 email@example.com
RE Bob Cooper 07 Fairfield, Pensacola (850) 492-9567 firstname.lastname@example.org
RE Jack Hollingsworth 07 Grace, Madison (850) 929-4669 email@example.com
TE Rob Looper 08 McIlwain, Pensacola (850) 438-5449 firstname.lastname@example.org
TE Carl Pearson 08 Honorably Retired email@example.com
RE Ken Robinson 08 Eastern Shore, Fairhope (251)928-0337H KenRobinson@bellsouth.net
RE Earl Smith 08 Westminster, Ft Walton (850)-243-2764 firstname.lastname@example.org
RE (vacant) 09
RE Frank Drew 09 Pinewoods, Pensacola (850) 968-0274 email@example.com
TE Bob Evans 09 Wildwood, Tallahassee (850)668-0566 bobwildwoodpca@.org
TE Dieter Paulson 09 Covenant Reformed PCA (251) 625-1733 Mdieterp@aol.com
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
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
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. (additional contact information is
46 available at Gulfcoastpres.org)
47 a. Sid Philips (Mobile Area) 251-973-1308 email@example.com
48 b. David Story (Tallahassee Area)
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 firstname.lastname@example.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
14 10. MAC reports that Sid Phillips’s license to preach in GCP expires this month (Oct.
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.
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.
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
30 Proposal: The Committee on M&C will serve presbytery by:
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.
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
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)
1 APPENDIX K
2 Ministers and Candidates Annual Report
3 October 2007
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.
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
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
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)
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)
41 Matt Eide—Matt became a candidate in Feb. of 07. He is currently working on staff at Christ
42 PCA in Mobile, Al.
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)
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
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)
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)
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.
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)
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)
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)