On Friday, October 14 at 6pm, the OPC Presbytery of Michigan and Ontario will meet to install Rev. Dr. Harrison Perkins as the next pastor of Oakland Hills Community Church. The presbytery’s moderator, Rev. Vern Picknally, will lead the service to confirm Harrison’s call to the congregation. Rev. Andy Longwe of London City Presbyterian Church will preach. Rev. Dr. R. Scott Clark of Westminster Seminary California will give a charge to Harrison, and Rev. Ralph Rebandt, OHCC’s previous pastor, will give a charge to the congregation.
We pray this event will bless the people of Oakland Hills Community Church (OPC) as we begin the next chapter of life as a congregation of God’s chosen and adopted children.
Pastor Harrison Perkins
Rev. Dr. Harrison Perkins (PhD, Queen’s University Belfast; MDiv, Westminster Seminary California) comes to OHCC after serving in various pastoral roles in the United Kingdom, his previous call being to serve as associate pastor at London City Presbyterian Church (UK). He is also a visiting lecturer in systematic theology for Edinburgh Theological Seminary and part of the online faculty in church history for Westminster Theological Seminary.
He is the author of Catholicity and the Covenant of Works (Oxford University Press, 2020), a number of popular and academic articles, and has a forthcoming book about Reformed covenant theology.
Harrison is a southerner, most of his family living near Birmingham Alabama. He loves books, dark roast coffee, sweet potatoes, and southern barbeque. He is married to Sarah, who is from California. They have one son, Scott, and are thankful to be living in the Detroit area now.
Pastor Vern Picknally
Pastor Picknally is the current moderator of the Presbytery of Orthodox Presbyterian Churches of Michigan and Ontario. He was born and raised in New Jersey. He received a Bachelor’s degree from Reformed Bible College in Grand Rapids, MI (now Kuyper College). Vern then attended Mid-America Reformed Seminary in Dyer, IN and received a Master of Divinity degree in 1999. He pastored Bethel OPC in Carson, ND for nearly 12 years before he came to Bethel Reformed OPC in Fremont, Michigan in 2011.
Pastor Andy Longwe
Pastor Andy Longwe serves the congregation of London City Presbyterian Church, in London, England
Andy was born in Mzuzu, Malawi and grew up in Lanarkshire, Scotland. He studied at Edinburgh Theological Seminary. After completing his studies, he worked for Cornerstone Free Church in Edinburgh whilst doing an MTh. He moved to LCPC after six years as minister of Cumbernauld Free Church. When he has spare time, Andy enjoys reading history, watching football, meeting new people and drinking coffee!
Rev. Ralph A. Rebandt, II
Ralph A. Rebandt, II was the first pastor of Oakland Hills Community Church. A native of the Detroit area, Ralph received a MRE in 1982, and a M.Div. in 1983 from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia — were he studied under Jay Adams, Cornelius Van Til and Richard B. Gaffin (among others).
In the mid-80’s God gave Ralph a vision to see a strong reformed church presence in the greater Detroit area. Following the vision — by faith — they moved to Farmington Hills, Michigan to start Ralph’s first ministry call as a church planter. In 1987, a church plant was started with thirteen people that would eventually become Oakland Hills Community Church (OHCC). Ralph was also active in planting several other churches in Michigan and Ontario. In 2021, after 35+ years of ministry, Ralph retired and ran for Governor of the state of Michigan.
Dr. R. Scott Clark
Dr. Clark was educated at the University of Nebraska (BA), Westminster Seminary California (MDiv), and St Anne’s College, Oxford University (DPhil).
Dr. Clark has taught at Westminster Seminary California since 1997. He has also taught at Wheaton College, and Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, MS. He has been a minister in the Reformed Church in the United States and is presently a minister in the United Reformed Churches in North America. He has served congregations in Missouri and California.
Besides teaching, Dr. Clark has written a number of books, including Recovering the Reformed Confession: Our Theology, Piety, and Practice. He also writes, edits, and publishes articles on Heidelblog every week.