Intern Program

Being in close proximity to Westminster Seminary California, the consistory (pastor and elders) of OURC desires to participate in the life of men who desire the noble task (1 Tim. 3:1) of pursuing the ministry of the Word and Sacraments. In accordance with article 3 of the Church Order of the United Reformed Churches in North America, our pastoral intern program is the means by which we “assume supervision of all aspects of [the intern’s] training, including his licensure to exhort, and assure that he receives a thoroughly reformed theological education.” The following links and downloadable .pdf documents constitute our developing Handbook for our pastoral interns:


Church Polity Helps

  1. Simplified Parlimentary Procedure
  2. From Idea to Action: Overtures in Assemblies—Rev. Stephen Donovan

Preaching Helps

  1. How to Evaluate Your Sermons—Joel R. Beeke
  2. Guidelines for Intern Sermons—Daniel R. Hyde
  3. Guidelines for Candidacy Sermons—Classis Southwest US, URCNA

Liturgical Helps

  1. Scriptures & Prayers for Leading in Worship—Daniel R. Hyde

Examination Helps

  1. How to Prepare Spiritually for Ordination Exams—Ryan M. McGraw


Bad Behavior on Social Media Can Cost Recruits [the principles in this article relate to seminarians and future ministry]

By What Means May Ministers Best Win Souls?—Robert Traill

Positive Preaching and the Modern Mind, Chapters 1–3—P.T. Forsyth [Google Books,]

Problems of Christian Leadership—John R. W. Stott

Simplicity in Preaching—J.C. Ryle

The Trials of Theological College—John W. Woodhouse

This chapter is taken from The Trials of Theology: Becoming a ‘Proven Worker’ in a Dangerous Business, ed. Andrew Cameron and Brian Rosner (Fearn, Ross-shire, Scotland: Christian Focus Publications, 2010) and is used here with their kind permission.

The Trouble with Ministers (1)—Wybren H. Oord

This article is taken from The Outlook 64:4 (July/August 2014): 19–21, and is used here with the kind permission of Reformed Fellowship.

The Utter Necessity of a Godly Life—Joel R. Beeke

This chapter is taken from Reforming Pastoral Ministryed. John Armstrong (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2001) and is used here with their kind permission.

The Work of the Pastor—William Still

Former Pastoral Interns

We have been blessed over the years to shepherd godly men who have gone on to pastoral and academic labors for the kingdom of God:

Rev. Jared Beaird, church planter and pastor of Covenant Reformed Church in Missoula, Montana.

Mr. Dan Borvan, PhD candidate, Keble College, Oxford University, under care of the Presbytery of the Midwest (Orthodox Prebyteryian Church), and co-founder of the John Owen Society

Rev. Michael Brown, church planter and pastor of Christ United Reformed Church in Santee, California

Rev. Brian Cochran, pastor of Redeemer Reformation Church in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

Rev. Shane Lems, former pastor of Sunnyside United Reformed Church in Sunnyside, Washington, and currently pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church (Orthodox Presbyterian Church) in Hammond, Wisconsin

Rev. Brad Lenzner, former pastor of Emmanuel United Reformed Church in Hanford, California, former church planter and pastor of Grand River Reformation Church in Rifle, Colorado, and currently associate pastor of Christ Reformed Church in Anaheim, Colorado

Rev. Jody Lucero, church planter and pastor of Providence Reformed Church in Des Moines, Iowa

Rev. Jonathan Moersch, church planter and pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church (Orthodox Presbyterian Church) in Capistrano Beach, California.

Mr. Simon Schuster, currently PhD student at the University of St Andrews in St Andrews, Scotland.

Mr. Michael Spotts, currently pastoral intern at Phoenix United Reformed Church in Phoenix, Arizona.

Rev. Zachary Wyse, church planter and pastor of Westside Reformed Church in Cincinnati, Ohio.