Archives for July 20, 2020

Ordination of Rev. Simon Yin

Yesterday was very special for our church—we ordained a new pastor, Rev. Simon Yin, largely to oversee the Chinese Fellowship Group among us as well as to assist Dr. Kuivenhoven in some of his pastoral work. The ordination service was preached in the morning service on 2 Corinthians 4:5-7, “Broken Pots Declare the glory of God,” by Dr. Mark Kelderman who has come alongside Simon in mentoring him and providing guidance for several years. In the evening, Rev. Yin preached his inaugural sermon on John 3:30, “He Must Increase, But I Must Decrease.” Three of us were then assigned to speak some personal words to Rev. Yin and his family. Both services were a great blessing.

Rev. Yin studied at PRTS for several years, earning a MDiv degree a few years ago, and is presently on the cusp of completing a ThM degree. For some years he has been overseeing the Chinese Group and for the last year has served as a ruling elder in our church. He is a dear brother—a Nathanael without guile—with a special wife and children (see first picture). So we now have three ministers in our church (see second picture), in addition to Dr. Kelderman working part-time in taking over some of our counseling cases. We are excited to see what the Lord will now do with the Chinese Fellowship Group; pray that it will grow, both qualitatively and quantitatively.