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Looking for a Picture

Rev. John Kimmons is looking for a picture taken with fellow ARPs. He and his wife were on a trip in August 2015 at Glacier National Park. They were getting on a boat with 20 others and discovered eight of those 20 were ARPs. They had a picture taken together but they didn’t get their names or any other information. If you know someone that might have taken this trip in August, please contact us

Flood Relief Fund Update

12113360_10153014991996809_6709201722376086084_o(Below is a portion of the letter from Rev. Derek Thomas, Senior Minister of First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, SC)

Churches and individuals from all over the country have sent us donations and this has touched our people deeply. We have been able to help families try and put their lives together again, giving them gift cards so they can purchase clothes and children’s shoes, material things that were urgently needed.

But larger questions now arise. Few had flood insurance. Some are facing the prospect of having to pay a mortgage on a piece of property that has been condemned, or cars that were “totals” due to water damage.

We have therefore established a Disaster Relief Task Force – half a dozen “experts” in the field of banking, insurance, construction, and law to ascertain how best to employ the funds we have received. We are consulting churches in other parts of the country who faced similar losses in the past to ascertain what wisdom we can acquire.

Your own contributions have thus far pushed the fund over $600,000. And more has been promised. This is a large sum of money, but frankly, it would barely pay the recovery cost of ONE of our victims.

I give this information in the interests of full disclosure so that you can be assured that your contribution will be used wisely and compassionately. We intend that every dollar be given away in some form or another, as soon as it is deemed possible.

Ministerial Opportunities

If you are seeking a church, a pastor, or a staff member be sure to check out the website below. If you would like to add your church to this list or update your listing, please contact

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Executive Director of Central Services Announced

FullSizeRender-2Roger Wiles has been named the Executive Director of Central Services. He is a former educator, church planter, pastor and lawyer.  He has four children and one grandchild. His full bio will be in the next ARP magazine. Join us in welcoming Rev. Wiles to the ARP Center.

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Merry Christmas from The ARP Magazine Staff

Shoebox Delivery

Jeff and Suzanne Allers, missionaries in Germany, have had the opportunity to work with refugees in Berlin. Samaritan’s Purse delivered shoeboxes to some of the refugee homes. The Allers were able to witness kids receiving the shoeboxes and joined in their excitement. Please continue to pray for the Allers as they work with the refugees.

Urbana 2015

World Witness will be sending 21 students and six leaders to the Urbana Mission Conference Dec. 26 – Jan. 1. They will be joining 16,000 others in Missouri from all over North America. Please pray for them as some may be future missionaries of the ARP Church.

Jan/Feb 2016 ARP Magazine

Screen Shot 2015-12-23 at 10.36.18 AMClick on the magazine cover to the left to read the January/February 2016 ARP Magazine. Be sure to read the cover story update on page 27 and the Special Friends section starting on page 8. Give the gift that keeps giving throughout the year to your family and friends.

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Erskine’s Accreditation Reaffirmed

images-25Erskine President Dr. Paul Kooistra announced this morning that Erskine College and Seminary has received full reaffirmation of its accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

“This is very good news,” Kooistra said. “We demonstrated our commitment to ensuring Erskine’s long-term financial stability and sustainability, and SACSCOC recognized that.”

In the fall of 2014, just a few weeks into Kooistra’s arrival and under his leadership, Erskine implemented a comprehensive two-year financial plan designed to address a SACSCOC concern regarding financial stability indicators.

The first year of the plan, which concluded in June, proved successful. With the single exception of returns in the stock market, Erskine met or exceeded the plan’s goals, including nearly $130,000 more in gifts to the Erskine Annual Fund than expected.

“The extended Erskine family came together in some special ways this past year,” Kooistra said. “We had to make some tough decisions that really affected our faculty and staff. I am thankful for their continued commitment to Erskine’s mission in the midst of these challenges. And, of course, we are grateful to our alumni and friends for their continued support.”

Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Brad Christie added his perspective on the news, saying, “Our continued accreditation is, of course, an essential factor in the quality and value we offer our students and their families. While Erskine has remained continuously accredited since 1927, this reaffirmation and the removal of any type of sanction will allow us to continue pursuing our mission as a Christian liberal arts college without that distraction.”

With the second year of the two-year plan nearing its midpoint, indications are that Erskine will meet its goals once more by the end of the fiscal year in June 2016. Erskine will include a monitoring report on its financial stability indicators as part of its regularly scheduled midpoint review with SACSCOC in the fall of 2017.

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Rev. Jeff Bost

IMG_0391The Reverend Doctor John Jefferson Bost, beloved husband of Maggie Hardman Bost, passed away on Monday, November 30, 2015, at his residence with his wife by his side. Born in Charlotte, North Carolina on August 13, 1950, he was the son of the late John Webb Bost and the late Clara Short Bost.

Reverend Bost was the Pastor of the Young Memorial Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church of Anderson. Prior to coming to Young Memorial, he was the Pastor of Westview Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church of Mt. Holly, NC. For thirteen years, he was adjunct professor of theology at Belmont Abby College. Dr. Bost earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Pfeiffer College, a Master of Divinity degree at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry degree also from Gordon-Conwell. He is a member of Second Presbytery of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. Dr. Bost served as Chairman of the Board of Dunlap Orphanage Board. He was also on the Board of Collins Children Home in Seneca and the Board of the Anderson Area YMCA.

In addition to his wife, Maggie, of the residence, Dr. Bost is survived by his two daughters, Sarah Bost Dunning and her husband, Matthew, of Rock Hill, SC, and Megan Elizabeth Groll and her husband, Thomas, of Ft. Mill, SC; two grandchildren, Ada Elizabeth Groll and Joseph Thomas Groll; and a sister, Linda Bost Norris and her husband, Dallas, of Salem, VA. Dr. Bost will be deeply missed by his beloved family, congregation, and all who knew and loved him.

A Memorial Service to celebrate and honor the life of The Reverend Dr. Jeff Bost will be held on Saturday, December 5, 2015, at 3 p.m., at the Young Memorial Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, with Rev. Dean Woods officiating. The family will receive friends following the Service in the Rainey Room at Young Memorial Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. The Elders who have served on the Sessions of either Young Memorial or Westview A.R.P. Churches are invited to serve as Honorary Escort at the Memorial Service and should arrive at Young Memorial by 2:30 PM on Saturday.

Memorial gifts in memory of Rev. Dr. Bost may be made to Young Memorial A.R.P. Church, 508 Boulevard, Anderson, SC 20621.

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Rev. Jeff Bost

Rev. Jeff Bost died this morning about 2am after a short battle with cancer. Jeff was the pastor of the Young Memorial Church in Anderson, SC. Please pray for the Bost family, wife Maggie, children, and for the Young Memorial congregation as arrangements are being made.