Portraits: William W. Haddock

Rev. William W. Haddock

I was born August 15, 1958, in Greensburg, PA. I am very thankful to be a part of the Reformed Church in the United States. My wife Ferne and I have been members since 1982, and we have raised our four children under the ministry of the RCUS.

I had started my preparation for the ministry in the Primitive Methodist Church. I began my service in that denomination by doing supply preaching in a rural congregation in Rowes Run, Pennsylvania in 1980, while I was attending seminary. I graduated from Reformed Presbyterian Seminary in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1982. Following graduation from seminary, I moved to serve a congregation in East Chelmsford, Massachusetts, in the Primitive Methodist Church under what was roughly equivalent to the status of a licentiate in the Reformed Church in the United States. It was while serving there that I became convinced of the truth of the Reformed faith and the need to unite with a confessional, Reformed denomination. I was introduced to the Reformed Church in the United States by Rev. Dennis Roe. Dennis convinced me to contact the Candidates and Credentials Committee of the former Eureka Classis. After sustaining a preliminary examination, I was made a stated supply and moved to serve my first congregation in the RCUS, Salem Reformed Church of Ashley, North Dakota. While in Ashley I completed my requirements for licensure and ordination and was ordained to the ministry in 1985. All this took place before the historic decision made by the Eureka Classis in 1986, namely, to divide into four classes and to continue as the Synod of the Reformed Church in the United States.

Later in 1986 I accepted a call to serve the joint charge of First Reformed Church of Aberdeen, South Dakota, and Oranien Reformed Church of Leola, South Dakota. In 1992 I received a call from the St. Paul’s Evangelical Reformed Church in Hamburg, Minnesota, a congregation that had just left the United Church of Christ to join the RCUS. I was reluctant to leave Aberdeen and Leola, but the late Rev. Peter Grossmann impressed upon me the need to go to Hamburg and help them with the transition of entering a new denomination. I went and served that congregation until 1997.

In 1997 I accepted a call to the Hope Reformed Church of Pierre, South Dakota. Rev. Norman Jones had retired from there in 1996, after having served the congregation for twenty years. Once again, I was reluctant to accept the call. The call was based upon promised diaconal support from both the Synod and the Northern Plains Classis. After concluding that God would provide in some way, I accepted the call and moved to Pierre in 1997. It became obvious that the need for diaconal support would not soon diminish. Rev. Jones and his family had lived for many years in an apartment-style arrangement in the back of the church building, but the building was in serious need of major renovation. The congregation needed a parsonage for its future ministers. After much prayer and discussion with the consistory, I decided to seek secular work to obtain partial support so that the congregation could pay off the mortgage on a parsonage and renovate the church building. In 2011, both goals were reached. The church now owns a parsonage for its ministers and the church building received a much-needed renovation. At that point, I made the decision to retire from the active ministry and to lend my support to the call of another minister to the Hope Reformed Church. I retired from the active ministry in 2012. My wife and I currently live in Pierre where we sit under the ministry of Rev. J. P. Mosley, the current pastor of Hope RCUS.

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