FIRST PRESBYTERY SPRING MEETING HIGHLIGHTS April 10, 2012
Received Rev. Rhett Carson from Second Presbytery pending transfer of credentials and approved his call as pastor of the Pinecrest Church, Flat Rock, NC.
Received Rev. David M. Shin from Central Carolina Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in America, pending the transfer of credentials and approved his call to continue the Moak Yaung Korean Church, Matthews, NC.
Received the Moak Yaung Korean Church, Matthews, NC, pending its release from the PCA.
Received Rev. Terry Crahen from the Presbytery of the Southern Presbyterian Church and approved his call as mission developer of the Faith Chapel Mission Church, Pleasant Garden, NC.
Licensed Ken Kunkel and approved his call to the military chaplaincy.
Licensed Mark Denning and approved his call as associate pastor of the Back Creek Church, Charlotte, NC.
Removed student Jonathan Rockness from the roll of students as he has been ordained by the Evangelical Presbyterian Church.
Removed James Dickson from the roll of students as he has been ordained by the Presbyterian Church in America.
Removed Brad Marshall from the roll of students as he is no longer seeking ordina- tion through First Presbytery.
Transferred student Mark Jones, who has moved Mississippi Valley Presbytery, TN.
Noted the resignation of Rev. Nathan McCall as associate pastor of New Perth Church, Troutman, NC, in October 2011 and of his laboring at a PCA Church in Nashville, TN, and authorized the stated clerk to transfer his credentials when requested.
Noted the death of Rev. Gilbert Rowell, pastor of the Providence Church, Gastonia, NC, on March 31.
Removed Rev. Frank Reich from the rollwithout censure, but authorized the stated clerk to issue a letter of transfer if a request is received by the date of the Summer Stated Meeting of Presbytery. Approved an application form for those desiring to be added to the available supply list.
Changed the status of Rev. Dean Turbev- ille from without call to laboring-outside- the-bounds-of- presbytery at the Sovereign Grace Presbyterian Church (PCA), Char- lotte, NC.
Dealt with difficulties in the Progressive Church, Princeton, NC, giving Rev. Percy Coleman a three-month sabbatical, naming Rev. Tim Robinson as supply minister – dissolving the Session, and appointing a Provisional Session.
Heard an address from Lynn Robinson, president of First Presbyterial.
Heard an address from Rev. Mark Creech from the Christian Action League in reference to the vote on the Marriage Amendment to the NC Constitution on May 8. Approved Elders for the Provisional Session of the Fuller Memorial Church, Durham, to replace elders who had resigned. Appointed a Provisional Session for the Grace Leith Church, Edinburgh, Scotland. Changed the call of Rev. Jarvis Ross to bi-vocational.
Released the Big Story Mission, Greensboro, NC, from oversight and suspended financial support.
Approved a memorial to Synod requesting a special committee to be formed to study the question of what constitutes a call to ministry.
Learned that three potential sites for ARP Retirement Homes were being assessed. Answered a complaint against the Covenant of Grace Session, Winston-Salem, NC, referencing a previous action of the Presbytery.
Deferred to the Summer Stated Meeting; the report of a special committee to amend the Manual of Procedure concerning the treasurer and Stewardship & Finance Committee.
Approved as a first reading to the Manual of Procedure a recommendation from the Program Committee to move the winter stated meeting to the 4th Tuesday of January.
Received an update on selling All Saints Church property and the Asheville property.
Learned the deed to the Hephzibah Church had been transferred to that congregation.
Learned the deed to the Matthews Korean Church had been signed over to the Presbytery until details of the sale of the property to the Moak Yaung Church are worked out.