COMMITTEE ON CREDENTIALS



          The Committee on Credentials held five meetings during the year in the performance of its duties.


          The Faith and Order questionnaire was sent to each of the ministers holding Ordination Credentials with the Bible Fellowship Church. Each of the brethren returned their questionnaire and gave affirmative answers to all the questions.


          We thank God for the dedicated, gifted and Biblically sound ministers He has given to the Bible Fellowship Church.


          The Committee met with five men for ordination examination and with one man for recognition of prior ordination, and has approved them.


          After meeting with Robert Johnson, the Credentials Committee is convinced that he is innocent of the summary charge against him.


          The Board of Elders of the Cedar Crest Bible Fellowship Church has also reaffirmed their total confidence in his innocence. They offered to cooperate fully with the Credentials Committee in dealing with this matter.


          We pray that God will give special grace to Pastor Johnson and his family during these difficult days of testing.

 

          During this past year Pastor E.W. Bean went home to be with the Lord. We thank God for his many years of ministry among us and express our deepest sympathy to his dear wife and family.


          We recommend the following:

 

          RESOLVED,           that the Chairman appoint a committee to prepare a tribute to E.W. Bean to appear in the 1987 Yearbook.

 

          RESOLVED,           that the material in the Faith and Order starting on the bottom of page 169 be changed to read as follows:

 

"Categories of Ministry, All ordained men who hold Ordination Credentials with the Bible Fellowship Church shall be members in good standing in a particular Bible Fellowship Church and shall subscribe annually to the Faith and Order."

 

          WHEREAS,             The Ministerial Candidate Committee has recommended W. David Armstrong, David Chappell, David W. Riddell, David N. Schoen and Ralph Soper for ordination and Dennis M. Cahill for recognition of prior ordination, and,

 

          WHEREAS,             These brethren have served acceptably as ministers of the Bible Fellowship Church for the required period of time, and

 

          WHEREAS,             After examination the Credentials Committee believes them to be called of God to the Gospel Ministry and to be in accord with the Faith and Order of the Bible Fellowship Church, therefore,

 

          RESOLVED,           That W. David Armstrong, David Chappell, David W. Riddell, David N. Schoen and Ralph Soper be ordained to the Gospel Ministry of the Bible Fellowship Church and that the prior ordination of Dennis M. Cahill be recognized by the Bible Fellowship Church, and further

 

          RESOLVED,           That the service of Ordination shall be held on Thursday, October 29, 1987 at Ebenezer Bible Fellowship Church, Bethlehem, PA. at 7:30 PM.


          The Credentials Committee shall be in charge of this service.




          The Credentials Committee urges all Ordained Ministers of the Bible Fellowship Church to regard participation in the Ordination Service a high priority.


          The Credentials Committee has placed our ordained Ministers in the following categories

          (These men are eligible to serve in the Bible Fellowship Church):


I.        ORDAINED MINISTERS WORKING UNDER THE DIRECTION OF THE BIBLE FELLOWSHIP           CHURCH

          Allen, Daniel P.

   *       Armstrong, W. David

          Baker, Delbert II

          Barber, Kenneth F.

          Bartron, William H.

          Batchler, James R. Jr.

          Beil, James A.

          Brosius, Bert N.

          Bryson, George R.

          Burnett, Raymond G.

          Byrd, Terris L.

   *       Cahill, Dennis M.

          Carver, David A.

          Cassel, Alva C.

          Cassel, Carl C.

   *       Chappell, David W.

          Clapier, G. Wayne

          Commerford, Robert S.

          Coulbourn, Hugh C. Jr.

          Dommel, Albert J.

          Ellingson, Bruce A.

          Erb, Ronald C.

          Fritz, Harvey J. Jr.

          Good, Kenneth L.

          Grossman, Randall A.

          Harris, Richard D.

          Hartman, Jansen E.

          Heller, LeRoy S.

          Herb, Frank L. Jr.

          Herb, George E.

          Herb, John H.

          Hertzog, Roy A.


          Jones, David H.

          Johnson, Robert F.

          Keeler, Kenneth D.

          Koch, James G.

          MacMillan, Thomas S.

          Mahurin, Ronald C.

          Martin, Carl T.

          McConnell, Charles J.

          Morrison, Philip E.

          Plows, Keith E.

          Reed, Calvin T.

          Reitz, Roger L.

          Seifert, A. L.

* Riddell, David

* Schoen, David N.

  Shorb, Thomas P.

          Smock, Robert W.

* Soper, Ralph M.

          Spackman, Carl K.

          Stortz, Dean A.

          Taylor, Richard E.

          Thomann, David A.

          Trommler, Steven L.

          Upton, Bryan G.

          Vandegriff, John C. Jr.

          Van Eck, Stephan R.

          Weaber, Harold C.

          Weller, Dana C.

          Wickstead, James A.

          Ziegler, Daniel G.

          Zimmerman, Paul G.

 


II.       ORDAINED MINISTERS WORKING UNDER THE DIRECTION OF THE BOARD OF     MISSIONS OF THE BIBLE FELLOWSHIP CHURCH 

          Buck, Leonard E.

          Butler, Brian H.

          Draper, Robert L.

          Gehman, Richard J.

          Frank, Walter H.

          Harley, J. Barclay

          Hoyle, Ronald W.


          Lea, Herbert K.

          Moyer, Edward

          Mull, William W.

          Prontnicki, Louis

          Stengele, Laird F.

          Yerrington, Philip E.

 


III.      ORDAINED MINISTERS WORKING IN THE MILITARY CHAPLAINCY UNDER THE SPONSORSHIP OF THE BIBLE FELLOWSHIP CHURCH

          Minsky, Barry J.

 

IV.      ORDAINED MINISTERS IN RETIREMENT

          Baer, Paul E.

          Dunn, John

          Hartman, W.W.

          Kirkwood, C.E.

          Kirkwood, Donald T.

          Miller, C. Leslie

          Reichenbach, R.C.

          Riggall, John H.

          Thomann, David E.

 


 


 


 


V.       ORDAINED MINISTERS WORKING IN OTHER CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES

          Bigley, T. James

          Carpenter, Larry

          Cassel, Willard E.

          Frable, Arthur H. Jr

          Gordon, Robert N.


          Manney, David L.

          Schaeffer, Donald B.

          Shelly, Austin G.

          Watkins, David J.

          Yarrington, Harold D.


VI.      ORDAINED MINISTERS ON LEAVE OF ABSENCE

          Coble, Bernard N.

          Dotts, Raymond R.

          Graybill, William L. II


          Phillips, D. Thomas

          Wilcox, LeRoy C.

 


* Contingent upon approval of recommendation of their ordination in this report.


Committee: John H. Riggall, Chairman; Frank L. Herb, Secretary; James W. Beil, Harvey J. Fritz, Jr., Keith E. Plows