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Prayers for Rev. Bob White

Rev. Bob White is the supply for Sharon ARP Church in Brighton ARP and the pastor of Salem ARP in Atoka, TN. He was traveling from Sharon ARP after preaching the 9am service on Sunday, October 23, to Salem ARP for the 11am service when a deer went through his windshield. He has orbital bone fractures in both eyes, a frontal lobe fracture, and small bleeding in the brain cavity. He is in ICU. He has had one surgery to place plates in his frontal lobes and will have another surgery to repair the sinus cavity. He is responding and can move hands and feet which is good. Please pray for Rev. White during this time.

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Interim President Selected by Erskine Board of Trustees

images-24The Erskine Board of Trustees has announced the selection of Dr. Robert E. Gustafson, Jr. as interim president. Gustafson will begin his service Nov. 1, immediately following the retirement of Erskine President Dr. Paul Kooistra Oct. 31.

Board of Trustees Vice Chairman Dr. Tom Hellams of Prospect, Ky., chair of the search committee, describes Gustafson as “a visionary leader with a history of effectiveness in Christian education.”

Gustafson served as head of school from 1997 to 2012 at a Christian boarding and day school, the Stony Brook School, Stony Brook, N.Y., where he was responsible for oversight of a $9 million annual operating budget and more than 100 faculty and staff members.

His accomplishments at Stony Brook include working successfully to balance the budget and enlarge the endowment; recruiting a strong national faculty and raising faculty salaries; setting and surpassing goals for increasing the school’s percentage of Advanced Placement scholars; developing and for 10 years teaching a worldview course for seniors; and helping to develop a strong college counseling program.

Prior to his tenure at Stony Brook, from 1992 to 1997, Gustafson was head of school at Jackson Preparatory School, Jackson, Miss., a day school with more than 800 students in grades 7-12. He led the school through a transition from for-profit to non-profit status and also recruited the first minority teacher and board member.

Board of Trustees Chairman Sam James ’07 of Huntersville, N.C., is enthusiastic about the interim president.

“Dr. Gustafson has proven leadership and experience to maintain and strengthen our financial stability,” he said. “As an alum myself, I am excited by his robust vision for Christian education in the liberal arts tradition at Erskine College.”

Gustafson was educated at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va., where he received the bachelor of arts degree in religious studies; Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, South Hamilton, Mass., where he was awarded the master of theological studies degree; Columbia University Teachers College, New York, N.Y., where he was the recipient of a Klingenstein Fellowship Grant and earned a master of arts degree in educational administration; and Erskine Theological Seminary, where he received a doctor of ministry degree.

Married to Marjorie Graham Gustafson, Robert Gustafson is the father of two children.

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Kathryn Axmann McGregor

kathryn-axmann-mcgregor-1476804447Rev. Rob Roy McGregor, Jr.’s wife, Kathryn Axmann McGregor, age 88, passed away on Monday, October 17, following a long illness.

Born in Anderson, S.C., on November 10, 1927, she was the daughter of the late Albert J. and Lavada Freeman Axmann. She was a member of the Young Memorial Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church and a former member of First Presbyterian Church and Roberts Presbyterian Church, where she taught Sunday school.

She was a graduate of Girls High School and Winthrop University. She earned a master’s degree in economics from Clemson University and retired from teaching secretarial science and economics at Anderson College. Before marrying, she worked for Drs. Gaines, Warder, and Stanfield, now Medicus.

She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Rob Roy McGregor Jr., of the home, and their son, Rob Roy McGregor III, of Charlotte, N.C. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Larry Joe Axmann.

A Graveside service will be held at New Silver Brook Cemetery on Friday, October 21, at 11:00 a.m. with the Rev. Dean Woods and the Rev. Dr. Robert W. Bell officiating. The family will receive friends and acquaintances following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Anderson Interfaith Ministries, PO Box 1136, Anderson, SC 29622, or the Salvation Army, PO Box 43, Anderson, SC 29622.  

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Good Samaritan Fund

A Good Samaritan Fund has been set up to receive support for Hurricane Matthew victims. We will be channeling funds to Samaritan’s Purse which is already at work. Contributions to our Good Samaritan Offering can be made through this link:
Or by mailing a check to:
General Synod, ARPC
Good Samaritan Fund
918 S Pleasantburg Dr Ste 127
Greenville SC 29607
The deadline is November 15.

Prayer Request

We received the email below from Gentry McColm, pastor of Hope ARP Church in Texas:

“I wanted to update you about issues with my health. I was just diagnosed with stomach cancer. I will be going through all the tests to determine exact stage, and then to determine the proper treatment plan. If you could ask our Presbytery, and anyone you know, to pray for me, and my family, I would greatly appreciate it.”

Please pray for Gentry and his family as they deal with this health issue and also for his doctors that they would determine the best treatment for him.

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Erskine Trustees Prepare for Transition

images-24The Trustees of Erskine College and Theological Seminary met earlier this week to address several transitional issues facing the institution. Dr. Tom Hellams, who became acting chairman in August upon the resignation of the previous chair, presided over the meeting.

Erskine President Dr. Paul Kooistra, who retires at the end of October, briefly addressed the trustees to lead off the meeting. “As we prepare to leave Erskine, Sandi and I are thankful for some small things and some big things,” he said. Among “the small things” Kooistra listed were improved financial stability, reaffirmation of accreditation, and exceeding the Erskine Annual Fund goal twice thanks to increased giving from alumni and friends.

“Those really are small things in my mind,” he said. “The big things are much more important.” These he listed as the faculty and their level of interest in integrating their faith in their teaching, the spiritual growth and boldness of Christian students on campus, and stories of students who had come to faith in Christ during their time at Erskine. “These really are the most important things to me. Sandi and I have prayed every day for students to come to know Christ and will keep praying for them.”

Hellams expressed appreciation to Dr. Kooistra on behalf of the board. “Paul Kooistra has served Erskine well and we celebrate the victories he’s won. Beginning in the first few days of his tenure, his leadership in addressing significant accreditation challenges and in fund-raising are most commendable. Students have been encouraged, mentored, and introduced to Christ by Paul and Sandi. We are grateful for their tenure in Due West, and wish them only the best as they move into the next chapter of their lives.”

To fill the role of chairman for the remainder of the 2016-17 year, the board elected Sam James ’07 (Huntersville, North Carolina), who is serving his fourth year as a trustee.

Asked about his perspective on the meeting, James said, “This meeting presented many reasons to rejoice in the goodness of God. We had the opportunity to thank Dr. Kooistra for his faithful service to Erskine and the many victories that he had during his tenure. We approved a balanced budget for our current operating year and heard an overall positive report from the auditors.

“I am thankful for the sweet and gentle spirit that we saw on display at this board meeting today,” James said. “We thank God for the work that He is doing at Erskine College and Seminary. We trust that the future of Erskine is even brighter than any of us can imagine.”

The trustees approved revisions to the budget originally approved in May which were needed to address lower than anticipated retention in the college from spring to fall.

The presidential search committee, which was established in August, reported that the committee is diligently working on a candidate to act as interim president beginning Nov. 1. The board has set a date for a meeting later this month where that process will be finalized.

At the request of the Rev. Jamie Hunt, who chairs the board’s Seminary Committee, the trustees voted to postpone discussion of the report on college-seminary separation to the February meeting so the Seminary Committee could further examine the Ad Hoc Committee’s report.

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Women’s Ministries Annual Meeting

It is not too late to make plans to attend the ARP Women’s Ministries 102nd Annual Meeting this Saturday, Oct 8 at Bonclarken Conference Center in Flat Rock, NC. Ladies across the denomination will gather for a time of spiritual renewal and worship. Registration for delegates begins at 12:30 p.m. EDT and the meeting is from 1:00 – 4:30 p.m. This year’s theme is FRUITFUL MINISTRY. Session 1: Five Keys to Fruitful Ministry and Session 2: Five Laws of the Harvest. For more information and childcare information email

ARP Magazine Online

Screen Shot 2016-08-31 at 9.36.15 AMClick on the magazine cover to the left to read the September/October edition of The ARP Magazine. Be sure to read the cover story on page 24 which highlights the Family Bible Conference. You can read Evangelism articles starting on page 10. We also have a special theme on Singles in the Church starting on page 26.

I hope you will enjoy this issue. If you would like to receive a complimentary print copy, please contact our office. If you would like to submit an article or suggestion, please email me,

Alex Pettett is Headed Home!

unnamed-17Alex and Jamie are headed home to SC! Pray for them on their long drive home as they will have to make frequent stops.

Worship Service at the Old Brick Church

images-36Every five years, Catawba Presbytery’s OBC Commission hosts a worship service at the Old Brick Church. It will be held Sunday, October 30 at 3pm. Dr. Derek Thomas will lead the preaching and the Centennial ARP Church Choir will lead the music. The church can be found on Highway 213, 14 miles west of Winnsboro, SC. If you have any questions, contact Oliver Johnson, All are invited to join this historic occasion. 

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Dr. Chong-Ku Rhee

screen-shot-2016-10-04-at-11-12-46-amRev. Dr. Chong-Ku Rhee passed away on Saturday, September 17th, 2016. He was pastor of the Soonshin Presbyterian Church, Plainview, New York.  He joined Northeast Presbytery in 1998.  He was a faithful presbyter and active in the life of Northeast Presbytery, serving one term as Moderator and participating as a member of many committees.