Tennessee Valley

The Winter Stated Meeting of Tennessee Valley Presbytery met at Christ Presbyterian Church, Sweetwater, Tennessee, January 8, 2000. The Moderator, the Rev. Carter Johnson, presided.

The court approved the reports of its commissions to ordain David Stoddard to serve with Mission to the World in Berlin, Germany; to install the Rev. Jamie L. Sanders as Associate Pastor of Evergreen Presbyterian Church, Sevierville, Tennessee; and to ordain and install David Arthur as Assistant Pastor of Lookout Mountain (Tenn.) Presbyterian Church.

Presbytery reported a balance of $10,250.73 in its bank account as of January 1st.

Candidate Phil Gagliardi preached from I Samuel 30:1-6. He was later examined and approved for licensure.

The Rev. Bob Haymes, chairman of the Waltermyer Judicial Commission, gave its report. Mr. Waltermyer confessed his sin and asked the Presbytery for forgiveness. Presbytery adopted the following recommendations of its commission: (1) that Mr. Waltermyer receive a definite suspension from his office and duties related thereto for a period of one year beginning at this stated meeting and ending at the stated meeting in January 2001, at which time the suspension will be lifted unless the Presbytery determined then that the duration of definite suspension should be extended; (2) that the commission should stay in operation as an oversight body and make a recommendation regarding the suspension at the January 2001 meeting; (3) that the Presbytery pay $800 for the Waltermyers to receive eight months of over-the-phone counseling through the Sonship program; (4) that Mr. Waltermyer immediately seek secular employment; (5) that supporters of the mission work at which he was laboring be contacted and informed by Mr. Waltermyer of his situation and that they be encouraged to continue to support the work in Morristown, Tennessee; and (6) that the Waltermyers find a local PCA church in which to worship.

Two members of the Morristown mission reported their continued enthusiasm for planting a PCA church in their community. Three ruling elders from three different congregations were appointed as a borrowed session for this mission church.

The Presbytery considered overtures from the session of Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church, Reformed Presbyterian Church, and Wayside Presbyterian Church with regard to the matter of women preaching. A protest from the Rev. Dr. King Counts was admitted to record. [See lead stories in this issue.-Ed.]

Mr. David Swanson, a member of First Presbyterian Church, Ft. Oglethorpe, Georgia, was taken under care as a candidate. The licensure of Mr. Bill Higgins was terminated, as he has been ordained to the gospel ministry in another denomination.

Presbytery determined to vote at the Spring Stated Meeting on whether to remove the Revs. Herb Broadwater, Jim Campbell, and Ernie Gross from the rolls of the Presbytery.