Rev. Dr. James A. La Belle
The Rev. Dr. James A. La Belle was ordained and installed by the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC) as the Pastor of Presbyterian Church of Cape Cod on Apr 27, 2007. He graduated from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia in May 2006 with a Master of Divinity. He served four separate internships in the OPC during his Seminary years before accepting the call to PCCC as his first pastorate. He also served as a Ruling Elder in the Presbyterian Church in America for 6 years before transferring his and his family’s membership to the OPC. Alongside his pastoral ministry at PCCC Pastor La Belle pursued a doctoral from The North American Reformed Seminary and graduated in August 2016 with a Doctor of Divinity (D.D.) in Puritan Studies.
Before pursuing the Lord’s call to the pastoral ministry, Pastor La Belle spent 4 years in the grocery store business and 8 years in the construction business, during part of which, he partnered his own business with his brother as General Contractors.
Pastor La Belle was born in Florida, raised in Alabama until he was 15 years old, and then lived in Washington until he was 30, when he and his family left for Seminary in Philadelphia. He and his wife Chantry have been married for 26 years and have 7 children from ages 21 to 11: River, Schylie, Forrest, Terra, Sandy, Rocky, and Chantry. Before having children, he and his wife spent almost 10 months in Africa (with one trip to Zimbabwe and one trip to Mozambique) doing missionary work with Youth With a Mission (YWAM).
It was while they were in Africa and committed to reading the Bible cover-to-cover for the first time, that they both became Reformed. Although raised in Pentecostal (James) and Charismatic (Chantry) churches, the doctrines of grace ‘jumped off the pages’ of Scripture and compelled them to re-examine their “childhood theology”. And the more they took a submissive and teachable look at Scripture, the more Reformed, Presbyterian, and Puritan they became. They praise God for His illuminating grace and give thanks for the OPC where the richness of the Reformed faith is preserved and pursued.
Pastor La Belle finds his greatest delight in reading the writings and sermons of the 17th century English Puritans. He reads them for personal edification and then teaches through their writings that he might share such gold with others. His favorite authors are the Puritans, and among them, Thomas Goodwin, whose theological genius, passionate piety, and pastoral heart he finds both exemplary and contagious. Pastor La Belle is the author of Living By God’s Promises (2010) and Living Zealously (2012), both co-authored with Dr. Joel Beeke, as well as Living in a Godly Marriage (2016). All three of his books address a neglected theme by drawing from several Puritans who addressed it.
You may e-mail Rev. Dr. La Belle at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Elder Joe Marcel lives in Abington, MA with his wife, Ellen and their two children. He began visiting PCCC in the fall of 2013 after attending our annual conference. Elder Marcel and his family shortly after became members eager to embrace the reformed doctrines and beliefs of the OPC. Elder Marcel has a heart to serve and lead. He has led our Sunday morning services, taught Sunday School classes as well as Bible studies. He and his wife are both counselors for our Youth Ministry.
Elder Arnie Johnson was born in Hyannis and grew up in Centerville in a large family of brothers, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins, all living close by. He married his wife Pam in 1980 and they have three sons and one daughter. “It’s been a long road to the reformed faith for us and we couldn’t be happier in the OPC. I like John Calvin’s Commentaries, William Hendriksen’s Commentaries, and Reformation era history.”
Elder Matthew Lee is a graduate of Davidson College, where he met and married his wife, Caroline. Since 2011, the two have lived on Cape Cod, where he teaches history at a charter school. His favorite Puritans include Thomas Goodwin, Richard Sibbes, and John Flavel.
Dr. Carlos A. Pereira
Dr. Carlos A. Pereira is a retired Professor of Mathematics, with 33 years of college/university teaching experience, a veteran of the U.S. Army, and has 23 years of service at Christian Liberal Arts colleges. He is an ordained elder in the PCA, having served at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Newburgh NY, and for several years taught the adult sunday school there. He was a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church (OPC), Rochester NY, where he taught adult Sunday school. He has been an elder here at Presbyterian Church of Cape Cod since 2004, where he teaches the adult Sunday school classes as needed, and has coordinated the Portuguese-speaking Mission work. He now serves on the New York/New England Presbytery of the OPC, Committee on Home Missions.
His hobbies are antique cameras, boat building and sailing.
Elder Pereira is married to Edith, a retired registered nurse. They have two married sons and two grandchildren.
Dr. Carl W. Mores
Dr. Carl W. Mores has been a Pastor and teacher in the church for many years and served as an education administrator and management consultant for over forty years. He has taught at several colleges and universities in the greater Boston area. He is the author of, Journeys, Finding Life’s Way in Spite of Obstacles, and with Dr. Charles Bradford, Battle Road and Charlestown Heights, Lost and Won and Recollections of an American Hospital in Britain, 1940 – 1942. He has enjoyed a lengthy career as a speaker in many settings. Dr. Mores was a founding member of the PCCC and has served as an elder since 1974, being distinguished as Elder Emeritus in 2010.