Phil Pockras, 60, pastor of the Belle Center Reformed Presbyterian Church, was unanimously elected the moderator of the 183rd annual Synod Meeting of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Ind.
The Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America meets annually to govern the teachings of the church for the year according to the Bible.
This year representatives from 95 different churches throughout the continent met from June 23 through 27.
“Rev. Pockras has served faithfully for 30 years in Belle Center, a rural congregation,” the first report of the North American Synod said.
“He is a godly example of a pastor with an ordinary means of grace and confessional ministry and who exhibits love for his flock and love for the church of Jesus Christ.”
As a moderator, the Rev. Pockras acts like a president at the continental meeting, and he will be responsible for attending any special meetings that the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America has during the year. He will also head next year’s continental meeting, until a new moderator is elected.
“It’s an honor, but it’s kind of scary, too,” said Rev. Pockras. “But, all went well despite my fears. Everyone prayed for me and all went well.”