ARP News Update

ARP Moderator visits Erskine campus
Moderator of Synod Dr. Steve Suits addressed the Erskine community at a special chapel session in the Due West Associate Reformed Presbyterian (ARP) Church Feb. 12.

Suits, a physician who serves in an urgent care setting, is a father of eight, a former medical officer in the United States Navy, and an active member of First Presbyterian Church in Columbia. He stressed that he was not invited to the campus to discuss his work in emergency medicine or other professional roles he has played, but simply to speak as “a servant of the ARP Church.”

Basing his remarks on the third chapter of St. Paul’s letter to the Philippians, Suits introduced the title of his talk. “The thing the church desires for you is ‘Gaining the Thing that Matters Most,’” he said.

Suits outlined “antecedents to Paul’s Christian walk,” elements of the apostle’s background, including his education, that “could be sources of pride” but which prepared him for his Christian life; examined Paul’s attitudes after his encounter with Christ; and spoke about the actions flowing from the apostle’s attitudes…(read more on the Website or in the May/June ARP Magazine – online or in print).
Erskine Alumnus Delivers MLK Day Address
Erskine’s Martin Luther King Day celebration in Bowie Chapel Jan. 21 marked the ninth annual MLK Day observance on the campus as well as the first time an Erskine College alumnus has been featured as keynote speaker for the event.

This year’s speaker was Corey Emanuel Chapman, a 2005 graduate from Belton, SC, who is founder and CEO of Corey Emanuel Omnimedia.

Describing King’s legacy as one of courage, Chapman noted that the civil rights leader was arrested 30 times. “Taking calculated risks creates opportunities—opportunities for you and opportunities for those around you,” he said. “Dr. King was considered a trailblazer because he knew that in order to change his circumstances and the circumstances of those around him, it would take a great level of boldness.”

Chapman, who said he felt his own calling at an early age, issued a challenge: “Realize you have a unique purpose,” he said. (Read more at

Ministry Opportunity
Providence Presbyterian Church (ARP) in Gastonia, NC, is searching for a pastor. We are a very small church (50). We choose to have women deacons. If you are interested, email all pertinent information to or mail to Providence Presbyterian Church, 2850 Union Rd, Gastonia, NC 28054 Attn: Dr. Wes Marquand.