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An American Pastor in Italy: From Santee to Milan for the Brown family

We want the gospel to be proclaimed to all nations, we pray for our missionaries, and we write out generous checks for mission endeavors. But how many of us would be willing to give up our comfortable homes and familiar communities to live and work in a foreign country among people who speak a different … Continue reading An American Pastor in Italy: From Santee to Milan for the Brown family

HOPE in 2018

One of the best things about Facebook is reconnecting with old friends, and I recently had an interesting exchange with a few far-flung friends from my school days. We talked about the word God is leading us to choose for 2018. We may all view this word a little differently, but essentially it captures an … Continue reading HOPE in 2018

Exoneree available!

My collaborative memoir with Uriah Courtney about his wrongful conviction, incarceration, and subsequent exoneration is now available. Such a thrill to finally hold the physical copy of the book in my hand this week! What if America's judicial system, designed to protect the innocent, convicts the wrong man and sends him to prison? Uriah Courtney … Continue reading Exoneree available!

Now emeritus, Pontiers return to Iowa from Alberta

Rev. Ralph Pontier began his ministry in sunny Florida, moved to northwest Iowa, and then much farther north and west to Alberta. After his emeritation, he and Lois moved back to Iowa, but this time to Pella, in the southcentral part of the state. A 1976 graduate of Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Rev. Pontier … Continue reading Now emeritus, Pontiers return to Iowa from Alberta

Trinity Psalter Hymnal

Click on this link for how to pre-order multiple copies of the Trinity Psalter Hymnal, the joint songbook project of the URCNA and the OPC. You can save shipping by picking it up at the concurrent meetings of the OPC General Assembly and the URCNA Synod scheduled for June of 2018 at Wheaton College.

New Senior Pastor installed at First Chino

Rev. Bradd L. Nymeyer was installed as the new Senior Pastor at First United Reformed Church in Chino, CA, on May 14, 2017. Following the 23-year ministry of Rev. Ronald Scheuers to the congregation, Rev. Nymeyer has some huge ministerial shoes to fill. But his 22 years of experience in pastoral ministry will help. A … Continue reading New Senior Pastor installed at First Chino

URCNA Pastors and Missions Conference

The URCNA Pastors and Missions Conference, held on May 15-18, 2017, focused on the theme: Reformed and Relevant—Reaching Our Generation with the Gospel. The facilities at Guelph Bible Conference Centre in Ontario provided a relaxing atmosphere and enjoyable activities for more than 30 pastors, many accompanied by their wives, who attended. Elders, lay persons, and … Continue reading URCNA Pastors and Missions Conference

Greenville Conference Celebrates Gospel Freedom

“Trumpet Call: 500 Years of Gospel Freedom” served as the theme for the spring conference of Grenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary (GPTS). About 375 people (including people from Nigeria, South Africa, and Canada) attended all or part of the lectures presented at Woodruff Road Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Simpsonville, SC, from March 14-16, 2017. A chapel … Continue reading Greenville Conference Celebrates Gospel Freedom

URC and CanRC hold concurrent classis meetings

Classis Central US (URCNA) and Classis Manitoba (CanRC) met in Sioux Falls, SD, on April 3 & 4, 2017, marking the first time the two federations held classis meetings concurrently. Delegates from both classes had the privilege of the floor during joint sessions, but did not vote on items of the other classis. Federational-specific matters … Continue reading URC and CanRC hold concurrent classis meetings

URCNA Classis Western Canada welcomes two pastors

Classis Western Canada met in a special session on April 7, 2017, in order to conduct colloquium doctums for two ministers. The consistory of Trinity Reformed Church of Lethbridge, AB, desired to call the two men to serve its congregation. “This classis meeting was truly a joy to witness,” reported Stated Clerk Rev. James Roosma … Continue reading URCNA Classis Western Canada welcomes two pastors