Fremont OPC in Fremont, Michigan, began as an effort of Little Farms Chapel (OPC) in Coopersville. One family was driving from Fremont to Little Farms Chapel and praying that God would establish an OP congregation in their community in western Michigan. In the spring of 2008, Dr. Norman De Jong began leading Lord’s Day worship there, morning and evening. By the fall, a core group had been gathered and Dr. De Jong was called to be the organizing pastor. Pastor Norm and his wife, Wilma, established a welcoming atmosphere with people who had a desire to hear the preaching of God’s Word. About a year ago, they sensed that it was time for a younger pastor to lead this new congregation on to new stages of ministry growth and development.
Twelve men were called and sent to home missions fields as organizing pastors in 2011. The Committee on Home Missions and Church Extension seeks to help equip these men for their labors. So each January it sponsors a Church Planter Training Conference for the organizing pastors who began their labors in the previous year. A few others who are involved in the broader work of home missions are also invited to attend. Eight men who began their ministries in 2011 and four others gathered in early January at Calvin Presbyterian Church in Phoenix, Arizona. They came from Utah, Ohio, Illinois, Florida, Pennsylvania, Iowa, Arizona, Michigan, North Carolina, Alberta, and New York. All are engaged in the work of developing a new Orthodox
At it's heart, Trinity Church (OPC) in Huntington, Long Island, New York, is a worshipping community. The church gathers to worship in response to God’s grace in Jesus Christ. The church’s “Welcome” booklet observes, worship “is the source from which everything else in life flows.” At Trinity Church, there is an excitement about worshipping God. You see it on the faces of adults and children as they arrive at the Elks Lodge. Reverence is brightly colored by a vibrant and lively enthusiasm during the worship service. Trinity Church gathered for worship for the first time on September 25. This new mission work is a daughter congregation of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Franklin Square, New York. Ben Miller, who had served for
The Congregational Church in Limington was founded on October 11, 1789, when six men covenanted together to present themselves and their families to the work of the Lord in Limington, Maine. They pledged to govern themselves by the Holy Scriptures with the help of the Holy Spirit, conform their lives to the rules of the gospel, and order their ministry according to the Cambridge Platform of Congregational Churches. On September 30, 2011, the Congregational Church in Limington vowed together “in reliance upon God for strength ... to walk together as a church of Jesus Christ according to the Word of God and the constitution of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church.” This was the culmination of a path that the congregation began to take
It’s happening again, just like it was happening a few years ago. The moving vans are rolling again throughout North America, carrying new church planters and their families to their ministries at a rate of more than one per month. That wasn’t happening for a while. The “church-planting engine” of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church was quiet for more than a year. In 2008, God enabled the presbyteries of the OPC to start twenty new mission works. But in 2009 only eight new church planters began their labors. And in 2010 just four new churches were begun. However, since the beginning of this year, our church-planting engine seems to be humming again! Things have happened so quickly over the past few months that the pages of New Horizons have