THE REFORMATION PARTY

CANDIDATES FOR COUNCIL OF OFFICERS IN PREVIOUS YEARS

 

 

CANDIDATES FOR THE 2015 CALENDAR YEAR TERM WERE:

 

BRIAN M. HANLEY

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Picture taken at the Free Church of Scotland Family Conference which we attend each year in Virginia

 

 

This year (2013-2014), was my second year serving as a member of the Reformation Party council and again I was grateful to see our increased presentence in challenging the Christian community to embrace the Biblical truth that Christ is the King of the Nations.    

I was born and raised in Northern New Jersey, 40 minutes outside NYC.  I was saved in the summer of 1989, after which joined an OPC church in my hometown of Whippany, NJ. From 1998-2004, I served as a ruling elder - as well as a Student under care of the NJ Presbytery of the OPC. When I became an exclusive psalmist my pastor encouraged me to depart and join with a congregation of like beliefs. In 2004 - I left the OPC and became a founding ruling elder of the WPCUS which organized a preaching station in my area. This was good match for me, because I fully adhere to the Westminster Standards (1645-48). In 2010 the mission work dissolved and my family and I became members of the Heritage Reformed Congregations in Kinnelon, NJ - where we are still to this day. I am a member in good standing – presently doing a monthly Bible study at a nursing home.   In addition to being a member of the council, I am honored to serve as chairman of the Heritage Reformed Congregation’s Government Correspondence Committee. 

My highest level of education is a graduate degree at Pace University – with a Master’s in Science in Software Security and Engineering.  I am a husband of 22 years to my wife Jennifer and father to my three daughters (22, 17, 12 year old).  I have worked as a Senior Business Analysis in an information technology department for a bank on Wall Street. 

 

I am passionate about many doctrines of scriptures - including the Establishment Principle which is the Principle of universal supremacy of Christ as King of Nations as well as King of saints. At best compromise and half-measures are the efforts of the present political system of voluntarism. What we need is change - and I mean reformation – on all level of government. People our country need to be challenged to think about what the Bible mean for our nation – particularly the need of an establishment of the true religion.  Thank you for your time - I do hope to have the blessed opportunity to serve in 2015 as an officer in the Reformation Party council and do covet your prayers if given this honor a third year.


Other works I've done in the past of challenging others:

The Tract ‘What Are Your priorities?
Gleanings Bulletin Board & Magazine, established 1992-1995
Moderator for
Reformed Faith and Worship, established 1999-Present

Bluelaws.net (a return to Sunday Closing Laws), established 2006-2009

Westminster Guardian (contributor at times and editor), 2006-Present
Reformation Party Pics, 2013-Present

 

 

 

 

EVAN KERSTEN

 

2015 will be the first year I will have been privileged to serve on the Council of Officers of the Reformation Party.  This has some significance for me.  My grandfather, the late Rev. G.H.Kersten (1882-1948) was the founder of the SGP, the Dutch equivalent of the Reformation Party.  Never did I think that a similar endeavor would be made here in the United States.  It was in God’s providence that I met Joseph Parnell McCarter about two years ago.  We immediately “hit it off”!  When he asked me if I was any relation to the Rev. G.H. Kersten and I told him that he was my grandfather, he expressed surprise and amazement and said: “I would like to use him and the SGP as an example of what can be done-by God’s grace- here in the U.S.A.”  I was equally surprised and amazed!  Many hours have been spent discussing the Truths as they are proclaimed in God’s Word and our three forms of unity.

I was born in Utrecht, The Netherlands. When I was two years old we emigrated to the USA.  I was raised  in Grand Rapids, MI.   I always had a desire to visit the land of my birth.  When I was 20 I went there for a visit.  That visit turned into a ten year stay. Following some years of study, I was employed with an export/import firm in Rotterdam. Upon returning to the US, I met my wife Ruth and we were married in 1988.  We have been blessed with five children.

I look forward to working closely with Parnell and Brian in propagating the Reformation Party’s goals of convincing the Christians in our country that we MUST take a stance if we are to stem the tide of secularism.  We must hold the government –be it local, state or federal—responsible for governing in accordance with God’s Word and testimony.

 

 

 

JOSEPH PARNELL MCCARTER ( email: joseph.mccarter@gmail.com )

 

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I have appreciated the opportunity to serve on the Council of Officers during the 2012 through 2014 terms.  One project I have focused on in the 2014 term is producing the tracts at http://www.reformationparty.org/rp/tracts.php, and then seeking to have them available on the literature tables of various reformed congregations.  I have also continued to promote Biblical Reformation in my own locality, as part of the Campaign for Community Biblical Governance (http://www.reformationparty.org/campaign.htm).  I am trying to show how one can run for local office, consistent with reformed Christian principles (see http://www.puritans.net/campaign/ ).

It is my view that, given current circumstances, many of the greatest opportunities to work for Biblical reformation exist at the local level.  Consequently, I view the Reformation Party primarily as a national and even international political enterprise to encourage local efforts for Biblical reformation.  If elected to serve on the Council for the 2015 term, some of the main projects then where I would like to continue to focus my efforts are the following:

While we live in a day of great rebellion against God, we can be thankful and hopeful in Jesus Christ.

 

I would welcome your comments and questions, as well as your prayers on behalf of the Party’s efforts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CANDIDATES FOR THE 2014 CALENDAR YEAR TERM WERE:

 

BRIAN M. HANLEY

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Picture take a the Free Church of Scotland Family Conference which we attend each year in Virginia

This year (2012), was my first year serving as a member of the Reformation Party council and was grateful to see our increased presentence in challenging the Christian community to embrace the Biblical truth that Christ is the King of the Nations.    In addition to being a member of the council I have also worked as the web manager.  This year I gave the party’s website a facelift and create two blogs to support the updating of the website.  
Lastly I have created a new
Reformation Party Pic Facebook page which I have created pictures with are worded to point people to Christ as King Supreme. By God’s grace, I’ve seen many a liking and sharing of these pictures, for which I am grateful.  My future hope is to move the Reformation Party to publish e-magazines and broadcast podcasts– to further advance our message to the masses.

I was born and raised in Northern New Jersey, 40 minutes outside NYC.  I was saved in the summer of 1989, after which joined an OPC church in my hometown of Whippany, NJ. I served as a ruling elder from 1998-2004 - as well as a Student under care of the NJ Presbytery of the OPC. When I became an exclusive psalmist my pastor encouraged me to depart and join with a congregation of like beliefs. In 2004 I left the OPC and became a founding ruling elder of the WPCUS which organized a preaching station in my area. This was good match for me, because I fully adhere to the Westminster Standards (1645-48). In 2010 the mission work dissolved and my family and I became members of the Heritage Reformed Congregations in Kinnelon, NJ - where we are still to this day. I am a member in good standing – presently taking a break from teaching a large adult Bible study and instead doing a monthly Bible study at a nursing home.

I am a husband of 21 years to my wife Jennifer and father to my three daughters (21, 16, 11 year old).  I have worked as a Senior Business Analysis in an information technology department for a bank on Wall Street.

My highest level of education is a graduate degree at Pace University – with a Master’s in Science in Software Security and Engineering.  I am passionate about many doctrines of scriptures - including the Establishment Principle which is the Principle of universal supremacy of Christ as King of Nations as well as King of saints. Compromise and half-measures are the efforts of the present political system of voluntarism. What we need is change - and I mean reformation. People in this nation need to be challenged to think about what Psalm 2:10-12, 9:17, 22:27-28, 33:12 and Isaiah 49.23 (amoung other passages) mean for our nation.  Thank you for your time - I do hope to have the blessed opportunity to serve in 2014 as an officer in the Reformation Party council and do covet your prayers if given this honor a second time.

Other works I've done in the past of challenging others:

The Tract ‘What Are Your priorities?
Gleanings Bulletin Board & Magazine, established 1992-1995
Moderator for
Reformed Faith and Worship, established 1999-Present

Bluelaws.net (a return to Sunday Closing Laws), established 2006-2009

Westminster Guardian (contributor at times and editor), 2006-2012

 

 

 

MARK HAUSAM ( email: mhausam@hotmail.com )

 

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This is my third year running for the Council of Officers of the Reformation Party.  I have been on the Council for the past two years.  It has been very encouraging to see more and more people join the Party, "like" it on Facebook, and in other ways express their support for what we are doing and join in the work.
 
I continue strongly to believe in the principles and goals of the Party.  The idea of promoting a truly and consistently Reformed Christian political philosophy and encouraging people in modern societies to actually take it seriously in civil governance has, until recently, all but disappeared from the American scene.  It has not disappeared quite as much from Britain and from European countries, but it has remained very low in terms of influence.  As the secular philosophy underlying American politics and greatly influential in British and European politics has been asserting itself more and more, and as societies have moved closer and closer to a consistent secularism, Christians have once again begun to wake up to the fact that there is no neutrality and that the claims of Christ as Lord apply to all areas of life, not just to the "private" sphere.  There has been a revival of interest in the old biblical and Reformed ways of thinking about social ethics and politics.  The Reformation Party, though small, is one of the groups on the front lines of this revival.  I am very grateful to have been a part of it these past two years, and I would love to continue to be a part of it by serving as an Officer for another year.
 
I am a member of Christ Presbyterian Church (OPC) in Salt Lake City, UT.  I am a husband and father of seven children who range in age from 13 years to 5 months.  I am a Philosophy teacher at a couple of local colleges (Utah Valley University and Salt Lake Community College) and also with the New Geneva Christian Leadership Academy (http://www.newgeneva.us/).  I am an INTP (http://www.personalitypage.com/INTP.html) whose talents and interests lie in critical thinking, formulating ideas, systems, and principles, writing, dialogue, debate, and teaching.  I have written a number of articles on Christian government, secularism, and the impossibility of neutrality (many of which can be found on my blog under the label "Biblical Theocracy" - http://www.freethoughtforchrist.blogspot.com/search/label/Biblical%20theocracy).  I have engaged in dialogue with atheists and others over these and other issues, including co-hosting a podcast with an atheist friend entitled "The Theocrat and the Infidel" (http://www.theocratinfidel.com/).  I have engaged in public debates with atheists and others on a variety of topics, and I hope over this next year to engage in a debate on the question, "Should the United States Be a Secular Nation?"  I have written a book of Christian apologitics (http://www.lulu.com/shop/mark-hausam/why-christianity-is-true/ebook/product-18953167.html) and also a forthcoming book on Christian and secular ethics.
 
Please let me know if you have any questions.  Thank you!

 

 

 

 

JOSEPH PARNELL MCCARTER ( email: joseph.mccarter@gmail.com )

 

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I have appreciated the opportunity to serve on the Council of officers during the 2012 and 2013 terms.  If elected to serve on the Council for the 2014 term, some of the main projects where I would like to focus my efforts are the following:

In order to get a good sense of my views and some of the projects I have been involved in, as well as personal information about me and my family, I would direct your attention to www.puritans.net .

 

Although we have sinned greatly against God, there is mercy in the Lord Jesus Christ.  That is our hope as we persevere in this effort.

 

I would welcome your comments and questions, as well as your prayers on behalf of the Party’s efforts.

 

 

 

 

 

CANDIDATES FOR THE 2013 CALENDAR YEAR TERM WERE:

 

BRIAN M. HANLEY

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I was born and raised in Northern New Jersey, 40 minutes outside NYC. I was saved in the summer of 1989, after which joined an OPC church in my hometown of Whippany, NJ. I served as a ruling elder from 1998-2004 - as well as a Student under care of the NJ Presbytery of the OPC. When I became an exclusive psalmist my pastor encouraged me to leave and join with a congregation of like beliefs. In 2004 I was a founding ruling elder of the WPCUS and organized a preaching station in my area. This was good match for me, because I fully adhere to the Westminster Standards (1645-48). In 2010 the mission work dissolved and my family and I became members of the Heritage Reformed Congregations in Kinnelon, NJ - where we are still to this day. I am a member in good standing - and teach a large adult Bible study.

I am a husband of 20 years to my wife Jennifer and father to my three daughters (20, 15, 10 year old).

I've worked as a Senior Business Analysis in an information technology department for a bank on Wall Street.

I've recently finished my graduate degree at Pace University – with a Master’s in Science in Software Security and Engineering.

I am passionate about many doctrines of scriptures - including the Establishment Principle which is the Principle of universal supremacy of Christ as King of Nations as well as King of saints. Compromise and half-measures are the efforts of the present political system of voluntarism. What we need is change - and I mean reformation. People in this nation need to be challenged to think about what Psalm 2:10-12, 9:17, 22:27-28, 33:12 and Isaiah 49.23 mean for our nation.

Thank you for your time - I do hope to have the blessed opportunity to serve in 2013 as an officer in the Reformation Party council and do covet your prayers if given this honor.

Other works I've done in the past of challenging others:
Gleanings Bulletin Board & Magazine, established 1992
Moderator for Reformed Faith and Worship, established 1999

Bluelaws.net (a return to Sunday Closing Laws), established 2006

Westminster Guardian (contributor at times and editor), 2006-2012

 

 

 

 

 

MARK HAUSAM ( email: mhausam@hotmail.com )

 

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I have appreciated having the opportunity to serve on the Council of Officers of the Reformation Party over the past year.  I have been greatly encouraged at what we have been able to accomplish by God's grace, both on the level of theoretically thinking through the myriad issues that are involved in the projects we are promoting as well as on the level of practical application.  I have also been much encouraged by the growing interest shown in the Party by many as more and more people have become acquainted with what we are doing.  The Reformation Party is filling a much-needed niche by becoming a meeting-ground for Christians who have become aware of the obvious-upon-reflection but much-neglected-in-this-day-and-age fact that the claims of Christ as Lord apply to the sphere of the state and civil government as much as they apply to all other areas of life, and that we must think Christianly and biblically in social ethics and politics just as in all other fields of human thought and activity.

 

As I indicated in my bio for last year's term (see further down on this page), my own particular gifts and interests are especially in the areas of theology, philosophy, and apologetics.  Over the past year, I have enjoyed having the opportunity to use these gifts in conjunction with other gifts represented on the Council.  I have been able to do writing for the Party's website, including contributions outlining the underlying Scriptural and philosophical foundations of the Party's political outlook as well as responses to questions and objections commonly made to biblical principles of civil government.  I have also enjoyed contributing to discussions with the rest of the Council as we have attempted to hammer out more clearly the commitments, aims, goals, and projects of the Party.  I have been challenged and have grown through these interactions to see more clearly the practical things that can be done even in our hostile political climate, particularly on the local level, to advance the claims of Christ in the political sphere.

 

If I am elected for another term on the Council, I hope to continue to work with the other officers to continue to develop philosophies and strategies as we move forward, and in general to continue to work towards pursuit of all of our goals and projects, such as the New Plymouth Project.  I would also like to continue to contribute by means of writing, adding more to the website and to our database of articles.  I also intend to continue to look for opportunities to represent the principles and aims of the Party in dialogues and debates with those with other views.  In particular, I have been working and would like to continue to work towards arranging debates with secularists in which non-Christian assumptions regarding politics and social ethics can be challenged, including the pervasive assumption that secularism is somehow a “neutral” way to approach these matters.

 

There are a few updates to my bio from last year that I should mention.  I am still a member but no longer active as a ruling elder with Christ Presbyterian Church (OPC) in Salt Lake City, UT.  This change is connected to my having embraced exclusive psalmody over the past year, as the prevailing philosophy of our congregation remains the non-exclusive-psalmodist position.  I continue to be an instructor in Philosophy at Utah Valley University in Orem, UT, and I have also taken on a position teaching Introduction to Philosophy with the New Geneva Christian Leadership Academy (http://www.newgeneva.us/).  I have published my apologetics book, Why Christianity is True (http://www.lulu.com/shop/mark-hausam/why-christianity-is-true/ebook/product-18953167.html), and hope soon to publish Return of the Puritans: Outline of a Christian Social Order.  My atheist friend and I have now put together a number of shows for our podcast, The Theocrat and the Infidel (http://www.theocratinfidel.com/).  I have also been contributing over the past year more regularly to my blog (http://freethoughtforchrist.blogspot.com/), and here anyone interested can get a feel for the sorts of things I like to write about and my thinking on a variety of issues.

 

Please feel free to contact me at mhausam@hotmail.com with any questions or comments you might have.  Thanks!

 

 

 

 

JOSEPH PARNELL MCCARTER ( email: joseph.mccarter@gmail.com )

 

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I have appreciated the opportunity to serve on the Council of officers during the 2012 term.  If elected to serve on the Council for the 2013 term, I would like to focus my efforts on the following:

May the Lord be merciful to us, though we have sinned greatly against Him.   Thankfully, there is mercy in Jesus Christ, to whom belongs all glory in the state as well as the church.

 

I would welcome your comments and questions.

 

 

CANDIDATES FOR THE 2012 CALENDAR YEAR TERM WERE:

 

 

MARK HAUSAM ( email: mhausam@hotmail.com )

 

 

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I would like to run for the Council of Officers because I believe strongly in the mission, values, and goals of the Reformation Party.  The Reformed, biblical worldview is a way of seeing and living that applies God's Word to every area of life.  We need to be challenging our anti-biblical culture not just in terms of inviting people to personal salvation (although that is essential and very important), but by providing biblical alternatives to all facets of human life and thought, both on a personal and a social level.  This, of course, includes the sphere of civil government.  Although the climate of our times is strongly against biblical views when it comes to civil government, this does not mean that we should tone down our call for a truly consistent, thorough, biblical perspective in this area.  We should not settle for "as good as we can practically get, humanly speaking" at this time (or any time).  On the contrary, it is precisely in times like ours that we need to do our best, by God's grace, to make it so that our societies are confronted with the crown rights of King Jesus in every area, particularly in those areas where that call is not widely heard.  In an age when many see "religion" as a hobby, while the political sphere is the area in which "real life" takes place, we need to make it clear that the truth of God is not a hobby but a real life alternative (and the only true alternative) to a social order based on false worldviews.  We need to speak clearly and boldly to our culture, and we need to study God's Word together and figure out how we can best model with our personal and social lives the prescriptions and values of God's Word.  That is what the Reformation Party is all about, and that is why I want to be a part of it as much as I can.

I am a ruling elder in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (particularly at Christ Presbyterian Church in Salt Lake City, UT).  I am a husband (my wife's name is Desiree) and a father of (currently) six children (Erin, Anna, Rebecca, Jonathan, Alex, and Abby) with ages ranging from almost twelve to about four months.  My wife is a homemaker.  We enjoy the opportunity to homeschool our children.  I am a Lecturer in Philosophy at Utah Valley University in Orem, UT.  If I am elected, I will look forward to working with the rest of the Council of Officers as well as all the members of the Reformation Party as we struggle, by God's grace and with much prayer and reliance on God's Word, to figure out how we can best communicate the message of Christ's Kingship to the rest of the Body of Christ as well as to our broader societies.  My particular gifts and interests include philosophy, theology, and apologetics.  I have written two books (so far unpublished), one entitled
Why Christianity is True and the other Return of the Puritans: Outline of a Christian Social Order.  God has given me a particular interest in communicating the truth claims of Christ, including all aspects of a biblical worldview, both to other Christians and to the outside world.  I have participated in a number of debates with Latter-day Saints and atheists, including a debate with atheist Austin Dacey, the author of The Secular Conscience: Why Belief Belongs in Public Life.  My debates have dealt with topics such as free will, the necessity of God for ethics, the existence of God, and the relationship between religion and public policy.  (Many of these are available online.)  I enjoy maintaining relationships with non-Christians that allow me to gain opportunities to speak the Word of God to people who might not hear it in other ways.  My philosophy classes give me many opportunities, and I am also in the habit of visiting non-Christian groups and attending book discussions, etc.  One example of a fruit that is hopefully arising out of these relationships is that one of the leaders in the circle of atheists here in Salt Lake City has agreed to do a podcast with me, which we will perhaps entitle "The Infidel and the Theocrat."  The purpose of the podcast would be to discuss the atheist and the Reformed Christian worldviews in terms of basic beliefs, values, etc., and to discuss current events and ideas that come up in our culture today from our two different perspectives.  Our tone would be civil, and yet we would straightforwardly deal with much-neglected topics in the culture today, including Reformed Christian political thought in relation to the atheistic thinking of our culture.  My hope is that the podcast might further conversations between atheists and orthodox Christians and provide a venue for the Word of God to be clearly preached in a unique way to the atheist community.

At any rate, hopefully this provides some insight into who I am and why I wish to run for office in the Reformation Party.  I welcome further questions, comments, etc.  Please contact me at the email address listed above (next to my name).  Thank you!

 

 

 

 

JOSEPH PARNELL MCCARTER ( email: joseph.mccarter@gmail.com )

 

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In order to get a good sense of my views and some of the projects I have been involved in, as well as personal information about me and my family, I would direct your attention to www.puritans.net and my Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Reformation-Party/151529404920620#!/profile.php?id=1347850755&sk=info . 

If elected as one of the Councilmen in the Reformation Party, some of the projects I would like to encourage include:

·        Encouraging prayer for reformation among the Reformation Party membership, since it will only be by God’s grace that anything is achieved.

I would welcome your comments and questions.

 

 

 

DUSTIN PHILLIPS ( email: drphillips1@live.com )

 

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It is solely by the grace of our sovereign Lord Jesus Christ that I, a lowly sinner, am able to come to you as a candidate for a council seat for the Reformation Party.  Growing up and still residing in Cape May County, New Jersey, I am a member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church of the United States (more specifically, Westminster Presbyterian in Corbin City).  I am happily married to a God-fearing woman (Anna), and we both look forward to being blessed with children.  I am currently a full-time teacher at a small, local Christian school, where I primarily teach Junior High and High School Bible, as well as History. 

I believe, as all the Westminster Divines did, that it is the Church’s responsibility to acknowledge Christ as both Priest and King over all areas of life; and this is what I feel needs to be the central focus of the Reformation Party.  It is quite obvious, even amongst nominal Christians, that our moral conduct has deteriorated in America; and this must be resolved.  We must acknowledge Christ as King and demand that our nation “kiss the Son”.  Some principles that are to be upheld are as follows:

·        The refusal to swear/align oneself with any of the various polytheistic documents in our nation’s history

If elected I will work diligently to promote these ideals, along with others that coincide with the previously stated.  If you have any questions please feel free to email me at drphillips1@live.com.