Reflections on Ordination


Dear Prairie Flower Church Family,

What a blessing it was to walk through the process of ordination. The preparation was grueling and the study intense, but I was able to make it through the process just fine. In the end, I found that the process itself was the most beneficial aspect (i.e. the preparation and study), not the ordination itself (i.e. the ordination weekend event). I thank you for praying with me and for me as I prepared myself for over 3 1/2 hours of verbal examination.

For those of you who attended my Ordination Examination Day on Saturday, September 19, I thank you. I (for one) was not disappointed with the questioning. They asked some pretty legit questions! I trust that you were blessed and encouraged with the questions and answers. Isn’t it wonderful to know that the Word of God is so marvelously complex? That’s why we should read God’s Word and study it every day!

For those of you who were able to attend and participate in my Ordination Service on Sunday, September 20, I am grateful. It was a beautiful service and we all were incredibly privileged to have Pastor Collings and Pastor Mann (two former PFBC Pastors) in attendance on that day. I trust that you won’t soon forget the challenge given to you by Pastor Collings, namely, you, as a church family, must remain faithful, be a people of vision, and be a loving community of saints. I personally won’t forget the challenge presented to me by Pastor Mann, namely, I (as your Lead Pastor) must be, by God’s grace, your Preacher, Protector, and Pattern. I am so grateful to God for these two dedicated servants who were able to lovingly and firmly energize us towards biblical action.

In the end, I just want to say a big “thank you” to you as my Prairie Flower Church Family. I love you all so much and find it a privilege to be your Pastor. Thank you for allowing me to shepherd your hearts and lives. I take this role seriously and with great joy.

With Thankfulness,

Reverend David P. Cotner III

P.S. Don’t call me Reverend 🙂

PFBC: Prayer List #7

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The following list of prayer requests can be prayed for in your own “quiet time” with the Lord or in a small group setting (i.e. Growth Groups). Please keep the following requests in your prayers:

Justin Aubrecht – Pray for Justin’s family that God would pursue them in His grace and mercy and save their souls. Also, pray for Justin’s Friend (Custer Jr.) who is battling cancer and recovering from a recent stroke. Pray also for Custer’s salvation.

Kirk Bailey – Pray for Zach Shepherd’s friend, Kirk, who recently went through a traumatic event. Pray that God provides healing and peace.

Carl Benson – Pray for Carl as he looks for a new job and a new car.

Craig Capps – Pray for Craig’s son, Shane, as he just accepted Jesus as his own personal Lord and Savior. Please pray that he is discipled well at his church and that he overcomes the many temptations in his life.

Micah Carroll – Unspoken Prayer Request.

Mary Case – Pray for Mary in regards to her eye sight and overall health.

Tonnie Crile – Unspoken Prayer Request.

Lenora Dunbar – Pray for Lenora and her overall health.

Tracy Fagen – Pray for Tracy who is struggling with hypothyroidism which results in her having no energy.

Rick Fields – Pray for Rick as he battles ongoing health problems. Also, pray for Rick’s son, Dillon, who was just recently diagnosed with thyroid cancer at the age of 22.

Bill Fiordelise – PRAISE THE LORD! Bill has no cancer.

Kay Gates – Please pray for Kay’s friend, Vonda Gooding, as she has just been diagnosed with leukemia and given 2 to 3 months to live. Pray that she comes to Christ before it’s too late.

Christine Hayes – PRAISE THE LORD! Tim (Christine’s son) accepted Jesus Christ as his own personal Lord and Savior.

Bob Jones – Please pray for Bob as he continues to battle some health issues.

Marcy Juniper – Pray for Marcy’s son, JJ, as he serves in the military. Also, pray for Marcy as she continues to grieve the loss of her father.

Carla McCandless – Pray for Carla’s sister, Donna Cline, as she recovers from hip replacement surgery.

April Michele – Unspoken Prayer Request.

The Morgan Family – Unspoken Prayer Request.

Rhonda Reed – Pray for Rhonda’s mother, Jean Sampson, and her overall health.

Jan Rosien –  Please continue to pray for Jim and Jan’s great-granddaughter, Lia, who is battling health issues.

Danica Smith – Pray for Danica’s mom, Joanne, as she recovers from a massive heart attack. Also, please keep Danica’s father, Jeff, in your prayers as he ministers to his ailing wife.

Arlena Tinnes – Pray for Arlena as she continues to battle lung cancer via chemotherapy (once a week for the next eight weeks).

Doug Tinnes – Pray for Doug’s friend, Ed, that he would come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Also, continue to pray for Doug and Julie’s grandson as he battles health issues. Also, your prayers for Julie’s recovery from her leg injury are greatly appreciated.

Judy Wolf – Pray for Judy’s daughter (Sandi) as she continues to battle cancer in her lower body. Sandi does not know Christ and so prayers for her salvation are also needed. Also, please pray for Judy’s granddaughter (Maddie) who is slowly going blind. She too does not know the Lord and prayers for her health and salvation are greatly appreciated. Also, please pray for Judy’s great-granddaughter (Errin) who is recovering from heart surgery…Errin is just 3 years old.

Linda Woodruff – Pray for Linda and her overall health.

Mike York – Pray for Mike’s son, Daniel, that he would find hope in God and peace with God.

The Zieser Family – Pray for Julie as she continues to walk the pathway of cancer…pray that God heals her body by means of chemotherapy. Also, pray for Wayne’s mother, Flora, who is declining in her health.

Biblical Counseling Conference – Please pray for Brian and Nancy Wilson, Steve and Bonnie Donnolly, and Zach and Beth Shepherd as they attend the Biblical Counseling Conference at Grace Community Church this fall.

PFBC Leadership Team – Pray for your Lead Pastor, Associate Pastor, and Deacons that God would grant to us wisdom, discernment, and vision as we continue to move forward.

Our Church – Pray for Pastor Dave’s upcoming ordination on September 19-20. Pray that he has clarity of thought and speech as he goes through his three hour verbal exam on Saturday, September 19.

Our Visitors – Pray for our many visitors that continue to come to PFBC. Pray that God would work in their hearts and lives. Pray that God would grow our church numerically and spiritually.

Our Missionaries – Pray for our many supported missionaries that God would grant to them success as they preach the Gospel of Peace. Pray specifically for the Kisarets, serving in Ukraine, that God would grant to them safety as they continue to spread the Gospel despite the civil war that is happening there.

Please Note: We will periodically update this prayer list. If you would like a prayer request to be added to this list, please let Pastor Dave or Pastor Jon know. Thank you!

Letter from the Deacons and Ordination Information

September 7, 2015

Dear Prairie Flower Family:

Wow! What a great weekend we just had as we witnessed seven individuals follow the Lord in believer’s baptism in front of a packed house as well as having the privilege of hearing Nicki Carr share her burden for the Roma people of western Romania, Jess Caster’s testimony of her time in Brazil, and Mark Tinnes leading us through Sunday School promotion.

We wanted to take a few moments to share a couple of important events that are coming up in our church.

First, the church will be having an ordination service for Pastor Cotner. As you may already know, an ordination service is an act of the local church whereby we, the church, confirm an individual’s call to serve in the ministry. As a background, both Pastors Collings and McClure (the two immediate previous pastors at PFBC) were ordained early in their ministries as well. An ordination includes a council comprised of theologians who will give a verbal examination to Pastor Cotner covering all areas of Biblical theology. This council will begin at 9:00 am Saturday morning, the 19 of September. The questioning will be completed by noon and a lunch for all will be served at 12 noon. We would encourage each of you to attend this event. On the following Sunday, assuming the council recommends approval, the church has the privilege of confirming the ordination by voice vote. Also, the Sunday service will include a challenge to the church and the Pastor by Pastor Paul Mann and Pastor Don Collings, both previous pastors at PFBC. The church will be providing child care on both days. You may indicate your intent to attend the Saturday service and lunch by signing up at church or by calling the church office at 319-653-2400.

Secondly, if you are not presently active in Sunday School, this would be great time to give it a try. We are beginning a new series produced by Answers in Genesis that will, over time, provide a complete study of the entire Bible. All classes from the young ones through the adults will be covering the same concepts so it is a wonderful time to learn together as a family. We even have multiple adult classes to keep the size down to provide for good communication and feedback. We would love to have you come join us.

These are exciting times at Prairie Flower as we continue to seek to grow in grace and knowledge of what the Lord would have us do. Thanks to each of you who so graciously serve!

In Christ,
Steve Bohn on behalf of the deacons

Prairie Flower Baptist Church

Washington, Iowa

Ordination Examination Schedule for David Paul Cotner III

9:00 AM………. Welcome/Introductions/Opening Prayer by Steve Bohn

9:10 AM………. Salvation/Baptism/Call to Ministry Testimony by Candidate

———- Please Note: The candidate’s wife, Heather Cotner, will be sharing her testimony first.

9:30 AM………. Doctrinal Examination by Council

———- Please Note: For each major doctrine, the candidate will read his summary statement and then open it up for questions (i.e. Bibliology section is read and then questions…Theology Proper section is read and then questions…etc.)

10:45 AM………. Break

11:00 AM………. Doctrinal Examination by Council

12:00 Noon….. Lunch

12:45 PM……….Concluding Questions/Comments by the Church

1:00 PM………. Ordination Council Meets for Recommendation/Candidate and Church Dismissed During this Hearing

1:20 PM………. Candidate/Church Informed Concerning the Council’s Recommendation

1:30 PM………. Final Remarks/Dismissal

From Pastor Jon’s Desk: Men’s Retreat

This past weekend I had the opportunity to go up to Iowa Regular Baptist Camp for Men’s Retreat. I had never been to the retreat before, and admittedly I was a little hesitant to go. However, it was fortunate that God had it in His plan for me to go because three amazing things happened. First, I was able to grow closer to the men in our church that went to the retreat. Second, I was able to catch up with some old friends. And third, God used Pastor Jon Jenks to challenge me to evaluate who was the Captain of my ship — myself or Jesus Christ. Please check out his three messages, starting with “I’m Sinking” at