Mexico City – Missionary to Mexico Jason Boyle was ordained to the Gospel ministry in Mexico City on Sunday, and also constituted his congregation as a member of the Free Presbyterian Church of North America (FPCNA).
The congregation, established five years ago by Mr. Boyle and eventually reaching 60 regular attendees, petitioned the FPCNA in October to call Mr. Boyle as their minister and also be accepted as a church in the denomination.
“I was encouraged by how well the people learned, understood, and accepted our doctrine and distinctives, but maybe not surprised because we did study it extensively in Sunday school over the years,” Mr. Boyle said. “Of course, not everyone jumped on board without reservations, but many did.”
After examining the church, the Presbytery of the FPCNA voted unanimously to accept the congregation and then set the date for the constitution and ordination service.
“The attendees for the special service reached exactly 100, with visitors coming from the local community and overseas,” Mr. Boyle said.
“It was a day of great blessing, with a real sense of the Lord’s presence and blessing. So many felt overwhelmed with emotion in the service that at times there was hardly a dry eye in the place. The singing was hearty, and the fellowship sweet.”
The FPCNA Presbytery sent three representatives: Dr. Mark Allison, Chairman of the FPCNA mission board and President of Geneva Reformed Seminary, the denomination’s seminary; Rev. Myron Mooney, minister of Trinity FPCNA in Trinity, Alabama; and Rev. Derrick Bowman, Assistant Minister in the FPCNA congregation in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Mr. Boyle reported that there were numerous other visitors, including his father, and his wife Danielle’s parents, brother and grandmother. Other attendees included Rev. Derrick Bowman’s wife Lydia, and fellow Mexican ministers with Mr. Boyle, Marcus Reyes and Lalo Peña and their families.
Mr. Boyle was also encouraged by a visit from former missionaries to Mexico City, Mike and Faith Goldfuss and an additional 8 unexpected local visitors.
“We had so many in attendance that we had to use the kids’ Sunday school room as an overflow room,” Mr. Boyle said.
There were many expressions of love and gratitude to the Lord and to fellow congregants during the service and many letters were read from other Free Presbyterian congregations around the world.
Mr. Boyle said he had been looking forward to the constitution service and believes it will challenge each member to go on with the Lord.
“It was definitely a service that will be remembered for many years to come. We are so excited about this step for our church and how the Lord has used it already to grow our people spiritually,” Mr. Boyle said.