ARP News Update

Retirement Announcement

Dear Friends,
It is with a measure of sadness and joy that I bring you the following news.  Delores McDonald has announced she will retire as editor of The Associate Reformed Presbyterian at the end of 2013.

Delores is a valued colleague and is doing an excellent job as editor.  She has continued to build on the foundation laid by her predecessors and has instituted a number of upgrades to the magazine since taking the helm in 2006.  Under her leadership, access to our denominational news has been expanded beyond the printed magazine to the digital realm, including an electronic version of the magazine; ARP NewsUpdate; a newly renovated Web site (; Twitter, and Facebook.

More innovations are in the works before she departs the editor’s desk to spend more time with her family, and do some freshwater fishing with her husband, Dean. So…I’m sorry for us to lose Delores, but delighted that she will be enjoying time with her family.  And, she might even pen a few magazine articles for us from that bass boat!

In all her efforts, Delores seeks to glorify Christ first and foremost, and our denomination is blessed as a result.  Please join me in thanking her for her work and in thanking the Lord for her.

In Christ,
Paul Bell
Executive Director, ARP Central Services


Erskine Board Highlights

Highlights from Erskine College & Theological Seminary Board of Trustees Meeting, Feb. 14-15:

• Met with “God’s Sovereign Providence” as the theme.

• Heard a report of strong levels of giving Nov. 2012 through Jan. 2013.

• Heard a report on a comprehensive development plan.

• Heard an update on activities related to accreditation.

• Heard a progress report on the joint effort by the Erskine Board and the ARP Synod to improve the process of identifying and vetting potential trustees.

• Recognized Nan Campbell ’86 for service as president of the Erskine Alumni Association.

• Selected a slate of officers for 2013-14, voting to re-elect current officers David Conner (chairman), Bill Cain (vice-chairman), and Max Bolin (secretary).

• Approved 2013 college and seminary candidates for graduation.

• Adopted a motion to award the Doctor of Ministry degree posthumously to Billy Shane Stauffer, a U.S. Army chaplain and Erskine Seminary student who died in an automobile accident in May 2012.

• Approved the addition of the Alpha Kathryn Shuler Smith Scholarship Fund to the endowment.

Submitted by Vice President for Communications Cliff Smith