Stated Clerk PCA
41st General Assembly in Greenville, South Carolina
The 41st General Assembly of the PCA met in Greenville, South Carolina, June 17-20, 2013 hosted
by Calvary Presbytery. There were 319 Ruling Elders and 1,008 Teaching Elders from 705 churches as registered commissioners. The General Assembly “constitutes the bond of union, peace and correspondence among all its congregations and courts” (Book of Church Order 14-1). It is primarily a meeting to conduct and review the work of the denomination. The Assembly, however, is more than just a business meeting. It is an annual church family reunion, an occasion for corporate worship, an opportunity for fellowship, networking, information and training through seminars, renewal of friendships, and learning about ministry resources from exhibitors.
Preachers for the three worship services were Dr. Michael Ross, retiring Moderator; Rev. Brian Habig, pastor of Downtown Presbyterian Church, Greenville; and Dr. David Sinclair, pastor of Clemson Presbyterian Church. Major seminars offered this year were: “Commending and Defending the Total Truthfulness of Scripture,” led by Dr. Ligon Duncan, Pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, MS, and Dr. Al Mohler, President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; and “Working Together in the PCA to Address Our Cultural Moment,” led by Dr. Ligon Duncan and Dr. Tim Keller, Pastor of
Redeemer Presbyterian Church of New York.
RE Bruce Terrell, Moderator
The tradition in the PCA is to elect a Ruling Elder or Teaching Elder as Moderator in alternating years. This year Ruling Elder, Bruce Terrell, Executive Director at Redeemer PC of New York was elected. He was nominated by Dr. Tim Keller. Terrell served the denomination for some twenty years as chief operating officer of the General Assembly’s Committee on Mission to the World. While in Atlanta, he was a Ruling Elder at Intown Community Church. He moved to New York City in 2006 to serve at Redeemer. He currently serves on the General Assembly’s Standing Judicial Commission (SJC). He and his wife, Missy, are parents to two grown children. Though, by his own admission, he is not an expert in the intricacies of Robert’s Rules of Order, he moderated the Assembly well with humility, graciousness, and humor. RE Dr. Jay Neikirk was also nominated for Moderator.