The biblical truth of Heidelberg 28 has been comforting to the saints at Covenant URC in Colorado Springs, CO – and to our family. We have tasted affliction – “when things go against us.” And God continues to teach us patience. We have seen “things go well” – and are thankful. For what is yet to come, we have good confidence.
The proof and comfort of God’s love is nothing less than His crucified and risen Son. Covenant URC was planted in 2011, by Coram Deo Reformation Church in Littleton, CO. Covenant grew steadily. However God appointed a season of difficulty for them. Eventually, several families left along with the pastor. Two faithful elders, Bob DeRuiter and Will Kim, persevered. A few committed families remained. All believed that God had called them to see Covenant established as a witness to Christ and the Reformed faith in the Springs. Jesus promised to build His Church on the rock of His Gospel – and that the gates of hell would not prevail against it. My wife Donna and I are life-long Rhode Islanders. We met at college in 1989. In 1990, the Father drew us to His Son. We married in 1991. We eventually became Reformed and joined a PCA church plant in Providence (!) – Trinity Presbyterian. We became members in 1997. I began seminary studies. I was ordained in 2003 and planted Christ Our Hope PCA in Wakefield in 2004. The Lord blessed us with three covenant children, and a dear church family. By and large, things went well – with thanksgiving to God. However, a season of adversity – with blessing – followed for our family. I came to believe I might be more at home in the URC instead of the PCA. We would have to move on from our beloved congregation. Leaving family in RI would be difficult – but our Father was (and is) teaching us that we are pilgrims in this world. We are His servants, at His disposal.
In God’s good providence, I noticed a vacant pulpit in Colorado Springs. I heard back from Covenant URC, met the church and the elders, and was asked to serve as interim minister. Our family moved across the country, and I began to minister at Covenant in early 2015. I sustained the colloquium doctum at Classis in September 2015, and was installed this January as Covenant’s minister. The work of rebuilding has been slow, steady, and encouraging. And there has been more adversity. Our beloved brother and pastor of Coram Deo, Carl Heuss, was seriously injured in an accident. Yet we confess, even this was not by chance, but from our Father’s hand. The elders and saints there are weathering a storm of adversity, but God is graciously sustaining them. It has been a great encouragement for us to see the outpouring of love from the churches of the URC.
Christ is building His Church, even – and always – through adversity. Our Father’s providence can be hard, but is always good. He doesn’t waste suffering in our lives. He works all things together for our salvation. Christ crucified is risen, so we know that He is always for us and with us in our trials. Nothing will separate us from His love. Your continued prayers and support for the Heusses, Coram Deo, and Covenant are appreciated.