Erskine & Geneva College Ministry Seminar

Dr. Robert E. Gustafson, Jr., President of Erskine College and

Dr. Calvin L. Troup, President of Geneva College led the seminar. The two spoke on how the colleges are positioned to serve and strengthen the church and how the faculty and staff minister to the students by having conversations where Christ is the center of the conversation and their lives.

Geneva College was founded by the Reformed Presbyterian

Church of North America in Northwood, Ohio in 1848. It was later moved to Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania in 1880. Geneva is unique in that it is a small Christian education environment that is able to have over 115 undergraduate majors and programs. Erskine College was founded by the Associate Reformed Pres- byterian Church in 1839 and is located in Due West, South Carolina. Erskine is able to offer a number of opportu- nities to be involved in Christian programs such as RUF, Baptist Collegiate Ministries and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. The college also offers a wide array of under- graduate programs.

Church Planting Seminar By Tessa Taylor T

he RPCNA Home Missions Board President Director, Nathan Eshelman. “Nate” emphasized that the Home Missions Board are cheerleaders encouraging presbyteries to plant churches through the ordinary means of grace: preach-

ing the Word, reading Scripture, praying, and singing psalms. The RPCNA promotes both good theology and evangelism. Nate emphasized that “church plants won’t suc- ceed if we aren’t loving our neighbors with ‘warm confessionalism’- we want people to be welcomed!” 

- burg, Virginia. ONA Director Mike Jones then gave a brief overview of ARP Church planting

through presbyteries recognizing that “healthy churches raise up church planters and plant more churches.” Mike gave most of the time to ARP Church planter Rob Turner from Arsenal Hill Church in Columbia, SC. 

many refuges in Turkey helped prepare him for the revitalization multi-ethnic mission at Arsenal Hill. Rob reminded us we are not going to grow if we are only reaching out to the smallest growing demographic group (white people) and we are going to miss a greater chances to be a church “from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands…” (Revelation 7:9) Mike Jones closed the time asking us to pray and fast for (in the ARP and RPCNA): • evangelism • vitality in our churches • church planters and mission developers- both current and future.

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ETS & RPTS Ministry Seminars

Dr. John Paul Marr, Dean of Theology at Erskine Theological Seminary (ETS), spoke on the history of the seminary and how it began in 1837 in Due West, SC. It was originally known as Clark and Erskine Seminary, but became ETS in 1843. ETS currently has students enrolled not just from the ARP, but also from many denomina- tions. ETS educates and prepares its students to serve the Christian Church by offering classes in theology, church history and Bible. Dr. Barry J. York, President of the Reformed Presby- terian Theological Seminary (RPTS), spoke on how the faculty at RPTS spends a lot of time in the classrooms with the students being available if and when they are needed to help guide and counsel the students. The seminary offers many courses for pastors and churches, such as Deacons & Mercy Ministry written by Dr. Barry J. York. RPTS holds the West- minster Confer- ence each year. This year the title of the con- ference is The Synod of Dort and the Doc- trines of Grace.

Synod Coverage

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