Southwest Florida

Summer Stated Meeting

The Thirty Sixth Stated Meeting of Southwest Florida Presbytery was held on July 10, 1999, at Faith Presbyterian Church, Sarasota, Florida. The Moderator, Ruling Elder Gordon Shaw, presided.

Three committees were appointed to hear three licensure sermons, by Messrs. Don Hulsey, Jeff MacDonald, and Paul Joiner. They were later examined and licensed to preach within the bounds of the Presbytery.

Mr. Philip Chandler was received under care as a candidate for the ministry.

Presbytery granted to Tampa Bay Presbyterian Church the remaining amount of the Presbytery Intern Scholarship Fund ($2,000) for the support of Candidate Michael Young.

The Rev. Tim Rice of Trinity Presbyterian Church, Lakeland, Florida, reported on the mission work. The court appointed a commission to organize the church the next day.

The Rev. John Clark, honorably retired, was received from Philadelphia Presbytery; and the Rev. Richard Franks, called to be Pastor of Cornerstone Presbyterian Church, Lutz, Florida, was received from Westminster Presbytery.

The Presbytery approved the minutes of four sessions, with corrections. However, those exceptions were not listed in the minutes. [EDITORIAL NOTE: In 1984, the General Assembly took exception to the minutes of Palmetto Presbytery because "exceptions to session minutes were not set out on the record (BCO 40-3; RAO 9-13-5b)."-Ed.]

Called Meeting

On August 8, 1999, Southwest Florida Presbytery met for a called meeting at Covenant Presbyterian Church, Lakeland, Florida. The purpose of the meeting was to ordain Mr. Paul Joiner as an evangelist.

The Rev. Tim Rice preached during the service of ordination, and the Rev. Steve Casselli posed the constitutional questions to Mr. Joiner. He was ordained with the laying on of hands, while Ruling Elder Tim Strawbridge led in prayer. The new ordinand pronounced the benediction.