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General Assembly Recaps


From June 12 to 16, 2017, about 1,400 commissioners (both teaching & ruling elders) gathered together in Greensboro, North Carolina, to take part in the 45th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). Dr. Alex Jun, a ruling elder of a church pastored by a WSC alumnus (Rev. Samuel Park; New Life Mission Church, Fullerton, CA), was elected moderator of this GA—the first Asian-American to be elected to that role. Statistically in 2016, the PCA is now comprised of 1,892 churches and mission works that includes 374,161 members. Present at the GA this year were faculty members Dr. Julius Kim and Rev. Joel Kim. They represented the seminary at a special luncheon hosted by WSC where over 70 alumni and friends heard Dr. Kim give a devotional and newly elected president of WSC, Rev. Joel Kim, give an update on state of the seminary. It was a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with alums and friends of WSC who are faithfully serving Christ and his Church. In addition to this luncheon, Dr Kim gave a seminar on preaching Christ and was also part of a panel discussion sponsored by the Gospel Reformation Network. 

Dr. Julius J. Kim speaking during the luncheon for WSC Friends & Alumni at the PCA GA.

Professor Joel E. Kim speaking during the luncheon for WSC Friends & Alumni at the PCA GA.

Dr. Julius J. Kim speaking at the PCA GA.

OPC General Assembly

Dr. Fesko attended the 84th meeting of the General Assembly of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, which was held on the campus of Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Illinois, May 31-June 6, 2017. Dr. Fesko was one of 128 commissioners and served as a representative of the Presbytery of Southern California. He was the featured speaker for Westminster Seminary California’s Alumni and Friends Breakfast, held on June 5, 2017, which had twenty in attendance. Dr. Fesko spoke about the graduating class of 2017, the retirement ceremony for Dr. Godfrey, the appointment of Joel Kim as WSC’s fourth president, the new building program, and our annual fund. There were a number of WSC alumni in attendance, and recent graduate Christopher Hartshorn (class of 2014) was nominated and elected to the denomination’s standing committee on Home Missions. Rev. Hartshorn not only started his own mission work while he was a student at WSC, but he also started a new mission work in Pasadena California, to which WSC graduate Rev. Matthew Cotta has been recently called and will take up the work this summer. Rev. Hartshorn is also presently working on starting another mission work. The assembly recognized his church-planting gifts and thus elected him to the standing committee. 

2017 OPC General Assembly

Dr. J. V. Fesko pictured with Joel Robbins (Covenant OPC in Marina, CA) and Alan Dueck (Grace OPC in Battle Mountain, NV).