East Lansing, MI - University Reformed Church in East Lansing offered no comment on a recent petition launched at Change.org that involved Senior Pastor Kevin DeYoung. The petition, rumored to have been started by some particularly anti-Presbyterian Baptists of ill-repute, and currently sporting over 10,000 signatures, seeks to have DeYoung’s name changed to DeMiddle-Aged to “better represent his physical age and hair color.”
One URC member, speaking under anonymity, said some in the church agree with the petition, saying “There are a few who think he should embrace his age and role in life and be content to let his name “DeYoung” live on through his children. Who are actually young.”
When asked the anonymous member said they would not sign. “He’s only, what? 38? 39? That’s not middle-aged, yet, is it? I think he can go a few more years. Maybe even 10-15 before he needs to seriously consider making that change.
The PCA, URC’s home denomination, could not be reached for comment.