NO. R-219. House concurrent resolution honoring the Rev. James M. MacKellar on the 50th anniversary of his ordination as a Presbyterian minister.
Offered by: Representatives Rodgers of Glover, Kilmartin of Newport City, Marcotte of Coventry and Morley of Barton.
Whereas, the Rev. James M. MacKellar’s long and admirable career in the Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) reflects, in large measure, his ability to draw upon his ecclesiastical and parliamentary expertise in a judicious and thoughtful manner, and
Whereas, the PCUSA has benefited from James MacKellar’s wide counsel on the parish, regional, and national levels, and
Whereas, James MacKellar has especially strong bonds with the East Craftsbury Presbyterian Church where he has served as interim pastor and as a long‑term parish associate, and
Whereas, both the Presbytery of Northern New England, PCUSA, and the Synod of the Northeast, have been fortunate to have him appointed as their stated clerk, in which role he has served as that governing body’s chief ecclesiastical officer, parliamentarian, and supervisor of the legislative and judicial process, and
Whereas, James MacKellar has been a member of the Presbytery of Northern New England’s Permanent Judicial Commission, and
Whereas, nationally, he has chaired the Advisory Committee on the Constitution of the PCUSA and has served on the PCUSA General Assembly Permanent Judicial Commission, and
Whereas, James MacKellar has also applied his expertise in the civic arena, having been elected each year for a decade as Newport Town’s moderator, and has mediated many civic and commercial disputes in addition to those in the religious sector, and
Whereas, he and his wife Genie are skilled sugarmakers known for producing a sweet and tasty product, and they are also trainers of German Shepherd puppies for use as Seeing Eye dogs, and
Whereas, the year 2005 marks an important milestone in James MacKellar’s pastoral career as it is the 50th anniversary of his ordination to the word and sacrament of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and
Whereas, on Sunday, May 29, he will be honored for his exemplary dedication to his pastoral duties and to the PCUSA’s administrative, ecclesiastical, judicial, and legislative governance during the last half century, now therefore be it
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:
That the General Assembly congratulates the Rev. James MacKellar on the 50th anniversary of his ordination as a Presbyterian minister, and be it further
Resolved: That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the Rev. James MacKellar in care of Dave Stoner in Craftsbury.
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