An Announcement

I have an announcement to make to my readers. Lebanon Presbyterian Church has issued a call to me to be their pastor, and I have accepted that call. I still have to undergo Palmetto Presbytery’s transfer examination. If no hitches present themselves during that time (which will be this week, Lord-willing), then we plan on moving to South Carolina at the end of September or the beginning of October.

Please pray for Hull Christian Reformed Church and Hope Reformed Church of Westfield. I made the announcement after the service this morning. It was definitely a shock to many people. There are so many dear people there that we are sorry to leave, and they will need a pastor. I pray that the next man will be a much better pastor for them than I have been.

Please pray for Lebanon Presbyterian Church as it enters into a new phase of ministry. Lebanon is the tenth oldest church in the PCA, being founded in 1775. I will (Lord-willing, and with Presbytery approval) be approximately the 31st pastor of that congregation.



  1. paigebritton said,

    August 14, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    So, NORTH Dakota to SOUTH Carolina? Wow. You are a man of extremes.

    So glad for you, Lane — will keep you guys in prayer (& your churches, too).

  2. August 14, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Congratulations, Lane!

  3. mary kathryn said,

    August 14, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    That’s great news, Lane!! I’m sorry for those you will leave, but excited for those you come to serve. Perhaps we can get Tom and Alynn down here even more often, with y’all in our neck of the woods :)

  4. TurretinFan said,

    August 14, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    I’m so glad to hear this, Lane! May God’s call bear fruit in your work in SC!

  5. Reed Here said,

    August 14, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    Wonderful brother.

  6. August 14, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    Congratulations, Lane!

  7. August 14, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    Okay, so I am missing how the movie trailer relates. Is it an illustration of the sad demise of Natalie Portman’s career, or somehow tied in to your happy news?

    BTW, no need to pack your parkas, snow shovels, sleds, humidifiers, snow shoes, skis and poles, etc etc. Just shorts and t’s….

    Congrats, my friend.

  8. Logan Almy said,

    August 14, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    Congratulations, Lane! Praise the Lord for his guidance!

  9. rcjr said,

    August 15, 2011 at 8:13 am

    Congratulations Lane. I’m sure the saints at Lebanon will be blessed to be shepherded by you, and confident the Great Shepherd will provide a faithful undershepherd for those you are leaving behind. They are a people sensible enough to call you, after all.

  10. Martin said,

    August 15, 2011 at 10:12 am

    God’s blessings in your new call, Lane!

  11. Frank Aderholdt said,

    August 15, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Congratulations, Lane! Being a South Carolinian is almost a good as being a Mississippian.

    Hope to see you, God willing, at the Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary Conference in March 2012, celebrating the 200th Anniversary of Princeton Seminary. Mapquest says you’ll be 98 miles from Greenville.

  12. Phil Derksen said,

    August 15, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    God bless you in your new pastorate, Rev. Keister. Siouxlands will miss you sorely… :-(

  13. Cris D. said,

    August 15, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    Lord’s blessings on all parties! Good for Palmetto Presby to have that pulpit filled. I was present yesterday at the last sermon in Orangeburg, SC. Pastor at Trinity PCA is moving to another ministry. My wife worships in O-burg when she stays over for work reasons there ( which is every other weekend). I’ll have to work on convincing her to make a drive to
    Have you started packing the library?!


  14. Darrell Todd Maurina said,

    August 15, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    Blessings on your move, Rev. Keister. Curiosity — if the church you are going to is the tenth-oldest in the PCA, being founded in 1775 before the United States was a country, what are the nine older churches?

  15. John Bugay said,

    August 16, 2011 at 9:07 am

    At first I thought you meant this Lebanon Presbyterian Church, which was founded in 1775, about a mile from where I grew up. My father is buried in the adjacent cemetery, with lots of the old saints who were saints before the church followed the path that took it into the PCUSA.

    Congratulations Lane :-)

  16. Phil Derksen said,

    August 16, 2011 at 10:01 am

  17. greenbaggins said,

    August 16, 2011 at 10:13 am

    Frank, the prospect of seeing you at the Greenville conference definitely makes that one appealing! Cris, I have not started yet, but will probably start in the next day or so. That is a task I will entrust to no one else.

  18. August 16, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    Thank you to Phil Derksen for that fascinating list!

    I once served a church that was organized in 1837, so I know a bit of the dynamics of serving a very old and very established church. Let’s just say I was very surprised, when citing church minutes from the early 1800s as an example of how to handle an excommunication, that one of the elders involved — fortunately one who was the side of godliness — still had descendants in the community including one of the local elected officials! That taught me an important lesson about citing church records publicly without first checking for consequences, even if they are handwritten in ancient minute books with fading ink.

    I did not expect to see so many PCA churches dating back to the 1700s, especially from the North. Would I be correct in guessing that a number of those Northern churches are former RPCES churches that date back to the New Side division within the Covenanters? I would not have expected to see churches with names like “First Presbyterian Church of Schenectady, NY” in the PCA, though “First Reformed Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh” makes more sense, knowing the RPCES history.

  19. August 18, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    Welcome to the Palmetto Presbytery! It was nice to see you at Presbytery today. You did an excellent job on your transfer exam. We’ll have to get together after your move.

  20. Stuart said,

    August 19, 2011 at 7:03 am

    We’re glad to have you as a member of Palmetto Presbytery.

    Thanks for doing such a great job on the transfer exam. It made my job easy!

  21. greenbaggins said,

    August 19, 2011 at 8:13 am

    Jason and Stuart, so glad to see you here on the blog, and it was great to meet you in person, as well. Looking forward to more fellowship with you guys after I move.

  22. Kyle E. Sims said,

    August 19, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    Ran into my friend, Elder Jason Pope, and he told me that you were coming to be their pastor. I pray that God will bless you in your ministry there. I hope that we might meet sometime in the near future. On behalf of the ARPs in this neck of the woods, we welcome you to South Carolina!

  23. greenbaggins said,

    August 20, 2011 at 10:47 am

    Thanks, Kyle for your welcome. I have already met Pete Rambo, an ARP minister around there, and a son of LPCA. Looking forward to having close fellowship with NAPARC brothers and sisters there.

  24. Darren Madsen said,

    August 22, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    Do you allow church members to announce their resignation and free departure? Just wondering if church members receive the same treatment as pastors.


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