On Friday, April 17th, the Presbytery of Michigan and Ontario gathered for a “Recognition and Installation Service.”
In November, the congregation met and unanimously voted to petition the Presbytery to be recognized as a new and separate congregation within the OPC. Along with that petition came the request to have Mr. John Davis installed as deacon, Drs. Richard M. Gamble and Darryl G. Hart to be installed as ruling elders, and the Rev. Everett A. Henes to be installed as pastor.
The above picture includes all the members of the Presbytery who attended the service, which was led by Moderator Bob Van Manen. Other participants included: Rev. David Landow, who preached a sermon on Deuteronomy 8-9, titled, Remember Not to Forget the Gospel. David was a student at Hillsdale College, graduating in 2008, who had a large part in beginning the work in 2007. The Rev. Dr. Peter Wallace gave the charge to the congregation from Acts 2:42 and the Rev. Glenn Jerrell charged the officers of the church. Other participants included the Rev. Matt Barker (pastor of our home church in Walkerton, IN) and the Rev. Brett Mahlen (pastor at Grace OPC in Sewickley, PA).
The service was followed by a reception and fellowship.
Please remember to pray for HOPC as we continue our labors in the Hillsdale community!