DECLARE HIS PRAISES....
The theme of the 28th General Assembly was "Declare His Praises" (1 Peter 2:9) and was set in the heart of our nation's capital. This year's assembly workshop entitled "Re-engage Christ as Culture's Hope" aimed to equip one to reconnect with the world around them in order to bring glory to Christ. Lastly, the 28th General Assembly featured Dr. Sinclair Ferguson as the keynote speaker.
RE-ENGAGE: CHRIST AS CULTURE'S HOPE
The responsibility of Moderator for the 28th General Assembly was bestowed upon Mr. Allen Roes. Allen, an Elder Emeritus at Lake Forest Church in Huntersville, North Carolina, is retired from 40 years of management with Owens Corning and two other companies. Throughout his life Allen has maintained a deep commitment to being a Ruling Elder.
Married to Jane for over 40 years, the Roes have served the Lord in numerous ways. Allen has served as a Deacon, Sunday School teacher, youth leader and as a member of the Presbyterian Lay Committee of Michigan. At the General Assembly level, Allen has served on the Nominating Committee, Committee on Administration and as Moderator-Elect during the 27th General Assembly.
Allen and Jane Roes are proud parents of two grown children, Gina Roes, who lives in Savannah, GA and Courtney and his wife Krista. The Roes are also proud grandparents of Alex Roes.
Rev. Nathan Atwood, senior pastor at Kempsville Presbyterian Church in Virginia Beach, Virginia has been nominated as the Moderator-elect of the 28th General Assembly.
Rev. Atwood has been in the ministry since 1982 and was ordained in the Presbyterian Church in 1987. Nate earned a B. A. in Religion and Speech/Communication from the University of North Carolina and earned his Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary in 1986.
Nate has served in a variety of ministry positions ranging from Youth Pastor to Senior Pastor to Moderator of the Mid-Atlantic Presbytery. He has been Senior Pastor of Kempsville Presbyterian Church (KPC) since 1999. During his tenure at KPC, the church has grown from two to four weekend services."Our story is that of a church moving from maintenance to mission," Nate says. "While we have much work yet to do, we are consistently making progress as we shift our focus away from merely ministering ourselves to reaching and serving those who don't yet know Christ."
Nate and his wife Helen, have been married 26 years and have seven children, Lauren, Wesley, Daniel, Sarah, Hannah, Noah and Ethan. The Atwoods have home schooled their children.
ACTIONS OF THE 28TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
REPORTS TO THE 28TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
- Stated Clerk's report
- Moderator's Report
- New Wineskin/EPC Commission Report
- National Transitional Presbytery Commission Report
- Long Range Planning Committee Report
- Annual Statistical & Financial Reports
ISSUES UNDER STUDY
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9 (NIV)