Fifty-four ruling and teaching elders attended the July Stated Meeting of Western Carolina Presbytery, held on July 21, 1998, at Trinity Presbyterian Church, Asheville. Retiring Moderator TE John C. Neville, Jr., presided until the election of RE William Horner of Covenant Presbyterian Church, Hendersonville, as Moderator for the year. Dr. Morton H. Smith was elected Vice-Moderator and was appointed as Parliamentarian.
Candidate James Loftis preached his trial sermon for ordination during the communion service. The Lord's Supper was administered by TE Donald Munson and members of Trinity's Session.
Annual reports were heard from six ministers who labor out of bounds. Presbytery approved each report and granted permission to each of them to continue in their respective labors.
Candidate Cortney Miller was dismissed to the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America. Candidate Mike Gant has withdrawn from candidacy. Russ McAnulty was removed from the roll of candidates due to ordination in another presbytery to serve as a Reformed University Ministries pastor in California.
TE Arlen Troyer was transferred to Nashville Presbytery pending reception, in order to accept a call to the West End Community Church.
TE Gregory A. Selmon was granted permission to labor out of bounds as a student at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.
Presbytery made exception to BCO 19-1 to allow TE A. Bernhard Kuyper of Rocky Mountain Presbytery to serve as Interim Pastor at Trinity Church. He will be examined for licensure at the next stated meeting or at a called meeting prior to that time.
TE Tommie (Tom) A. Knowles, who has been Director of Hebron Colony in Boone, NC, was received pending dismissal by Central Georgia Presbytery.
TE Lehman (Lee) A. Moseley, III, was received under the extraordinary clause from the Southern Baptist Convention as a candidate for active duty in the U. S. Air Force Chaplaincy. Mr. Moseley has been laboring at Grace Covenant Church, Brevard, NC, with his service there terminating on August 31.
Mr. Loftis, graduate and Business Manager of Greenville (SC) Presbyterian Theological Seminary, was examined for ordination upon call as Pastor of Fellowship Presbyterian Church, Newport, TN. His examination was sustained, except his theological and exegetical papers. The Commission to Ordain and Install Mr. Loftis was authorized to review his revised papers until they can be reported satisfactory. He was approved as Stated Supply until his papers are accepted.
Presbytery approved the following speakers for the Men's Retreats: in 2000, Dr. T. M. Moore of Potomac Presbytery; in 2001, Dr. Doug Kelly of Mississippi Valley Presbytery.
The Shepherding Committee was asked to inquire into the ministerial status of three members of Presbytery and to bring recommendations regarding each to the October meeting of the Administration Committee.
The court approved a motion that an evaluation from the MNA/GA Assessment Center and/or previous church planting experience would normally be included among the qualifications for a church planter called by Western Carolina Presbytery.
Presbytery also voted to raise the suggested lunch
price at Presbytery meetings to $6.00.