New pastor for URC in Sunnyside

Ordination1Jordan Huff was ordained to the gospel ministry and installed as Minister of the Word and Sacraments at the United Reformed Church of Sunnyside, WA, on Friday, April 11, 2014.

About 50 people attended the service, officiated by Rev. Chuck Tedrick (Calvary URC in Loveland, CO). Rev. Craig Davis (Grace URC in Kennewick, WA) read Old and New Testament passages, and Rev. Mark Collingridge (Covenant OPC in Kennewick, WA) offered a pastoral prayer.

Jordan Huff was raised by Christian parents who, he says, taught him “to know and treasure the Scriptures at an early age.” Although he initially intended a musical career in piano performance, God led him to major in pre-seminary studies at a Baptist college in northeast Pennsylvania.

“During these college years, I transitioned from my baptistic convictions to a confessionally robust, Reformed understanding of theology and the worship which said theology necessitates and structures,” he says. “Additionally, as I came to understand the absolute priority of the Gospel in church life, I was personally troubled by the sore lack of Gospel proclamation in my evangelical college circle and the detriment such a lack was reaping upon the souls of God’s people.”

Ordination2While attending Westminster Seminary California, Jordan was a member of Christ URC in Santee and served as an intern there for almost two years. Subsequent to his graduation in June of 2013, he served as an intern at the Escondido URC.

“From June until September, I balanced (with varied success) being a stay-at-home dad with three kids and studying for my Candidacy examination [sustained at Classis Southwest in September, 2013]. In November I received a call to the URC of Sunnyside, and in December, my family and I made the move. I began full-time pastoral work at the church immediately.”

When Classis Pacific Northwest met on February 25, 1014, Jordan sustained his ordination exam.

“To be honest,” he says, “my favorite part of the experience was being able to meet the other brothers who are serving in this Classis; they are wonderful men of God who are faithfully suffering in the ministry, and I look forward to serving alongside them for years to come, Lord-willing.”

Rev. Huff and his wife, Jana, have three children.

According to elder, Rick Haak, the URC of Sunnyside has two elders and 13 families, with four additional families currently attending membership classes. The congregation meets for Sunday worship at 10:00 am and 6:00 pm at 1750 Sheller Road in Sunnyside, Washington.

The above article by Glenda Mathes appeared on pages 11 & 12 of the May 28, 2014, issue of Christian Renewal.

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