Charles Henry Carlisle

Dr. Charles Henry Carlisle, 95, of Due West, husband of the late Jean Todd Carlisle, his wife of 68 years, died Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at the Abbeville Area Medical Center.  He was born in Newberry to the late Hubert Toland and Ora Askins Carlisle.  He was preceded in death by his brother, Toland Carlisle, and his sisters, Virginia Ouzts, Edna Levy, and Martha Wingard.

Dr. Carlisle earned his Bachelor of Science at Newberry College and Master of Arts in history from the University of South Carolina.  He was awarded the Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Newberry College and the Honorary Doctor of Humanities from Erskine College.  After graduating from college, Dr. Carlisle served as Principal of the Williston-Elko High School for a few years.

In 1947, Dr. Carlisle began his career at Erskine College as a history professor before becoming Vice President of Business and Finance.  He retired in 1989 with 42 years of service.  A charter member of the Abbeville Rotary Club, Dr. Carlisle had nearly 60 years of perfect attendance.  He was named a Paul Harris Fellow, the Rotary’s highest honor.

Dr. Carlisle had a deep faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and lived a life of service in the church and community.  He was a faithful member of the Due West ARP Church where he served as an elder for many years as well as on various boards of the denomination. He was elected Moderator of the Synod in 1972 and again in 2000.  During his first term as Moderator, Dr. Carlisle shared his vision for the church to minister to the elderly through establishing retirement homes. His vision became a reality with the opening of the Due West Retirement Center, now known as The Renaissance.  In 1999, the Center recognized his service when the newly constructed nursing center was named in his honor.  Dr. Carlisle also served as a Gideon and belonged to the Abbeville Camp, supporting the worldwide distribution of the Bible.  His life verse was Proverbs 3:5-6.

Dr. Carlisle not only had a love of history but a passion for researching and preserving family ancestry.  He and his wife, Jean, travelled extensively, leading tours to many corners of the world, including multiple trips to Scotland.  Most of all he was a devoted father and grandfather, always enjoying time with his family. He is survived by his son Charles Todd Carlisle and his wife, Margaret, of Essex Junction, VT; two daughters, Lucille Slater and her husband, Rev. Greg Slater, of Columbia and Catherine Hardy and her husband, Rev. Steve Hardy, of Iva; seven grandchildren, Charles Hardy and his wife, Alyssa, Stephen Hardy and his wife, Brittany, Todd Hardy, William Slater, Carol Slater Rogers and her husband, Brandon, Andrew Carlisle and his wife, Ashley and Elizabeth Carlisle Anderson and her husband, Josh; and six great-grandchildren.

A private graveside service will be held in the Due West ARP Cemetery with Rev. Calvin Draffin officiating.  Due to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19, we will follow the CDC and state recommended guidelines of social distancing.

Memorial contributions, in memory of Dr. Carlisle, may be sent to the Due West ARP Church, PO Box 397, Due West, SC 29639 or to the Bonclarken Conference Center, 500 Pine Drive, Flat Rock, NC 28731.

Easter Offering and Updates

Easter Offering

Easter Offering materials were mailed to all churches prior to the Covid-19 outbreak. In order to help you communicate with your church members electronically about the Easter Offering, the bulletin insert is below. The insert includes a link to make it easy to pay online. Thank you for sharing this with your congregations. The Easter Offering is a vital resource used to assist specific agencies in the denomination. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Cindy Scott and Shay O’Sheal
Central Services

Easter Offering Bulletin Insert

Easter Offering Poster

The ARP Center

In an effort to curb the spread of Covid-19, the ARP Center in Greenville, SC, will be temporarily closed to the public.  Our lobby will be open for a few hours each day for mail/package shipping/delivery.  Staff and employees will be working more from home and limiting their time spent in the office.  Everyone is still accessible by email and phone (864-232-8297 or their direct lines – leave a voicemail for a call back). Find the directory here.

Online Worship Services

Check for a complete list of churches offering online services.


Prayer Request

Dr. Charles Carlisle, a former moderator of Synod is in critical condition in the Abbeville, SC Hospital.  Dr. Carlisle is 95 years old and served as moderator on two occasions.  Please pray for him and his family.






Good Friday Call to Prayer & Fasting

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).

The whole world is in the throes of a coronavirus pandemic that is spreading death, illness, economic turmoil, unemployment, isolation, panic, and fear. In such desperate times, the people of God should humble themselves and pray to almighty God for His grace, mercy, and love to heal us, restore us, and relieve us from this crushing burden of disease.

In response to the ravages of this historic plague, this call for prayer and fasting is an historic, ecumenical event because the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) the Anglican Church of North America (ACNA), and the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church will for the first time unite as one to pray for God’s mercy and healing.

The Call: For all believers in Christ in the ARP to join brothers and sisters in the PCA, EPC, and ACNA to set aside Good Friday, April 10, as a day of prayer and fasting to cry out for God’s help against the COVID-19 virus in addition to a day of worship.

The goal is for all 585,000 or so members of these four churches to have the opportunity to join hearts and voices and participate together. Other denominations are aware of the planning for this event and have asked to be invited. Among these are the National Association of Evangelicals and ECO. Should these groups participate, we could have millions of Christians joining their hearts in prayer.

At the bottom of this message are links to three resources:

  1. A Guide to Prayer and Fasting by Dr. Richard Pratt, President of Third Millennium Ministries;
  2.  A suggested prayer list; and
  3. A prayer from the Book of Common Prayer that addresses the needs of suffering people in troubled times.

    They are sent to you eight days in advance of this event to give you time to review and consider their use in your church. You are of course free to use other materials that would be helpful to your congregation.

    I hope you will publicize this event and distribute the appropriate resources to your membership in the coming days by whatever means are most effective. It would be wonderful if the membership of the PCA, EPC, ACNA, and ARP were all united in prayer to God on Good Friday!

    Thank you for spreading this word far and wide! Remember: He is risen!


    A Guide to Prayer and Fasting
    Suggested Prayers
    Prayer from the Book of Common Prayer

Letter from the Moderator

March 31, 2020

Dear Special People,

“How shall we sing the LORD’S song in a strange land?” (Psalm 137:4). It’s a great question, isn’t it? Those exiled Israelites did not hide their harps under the bushes, or the hollows of the rocks; rather they hung them up in plain view, that the sight of them might affect them with their deplorable change of circumstances. Yet, (dare I even say this?) perhaps they were at fault even in doing this; for praising God is never out of season.

Yes, praising God is never out of season!  And, that’s what I want us to get in this strange place we are living through! And by His grace, living “through” it we are for we shall soon, we trust, be able to worship together again in those houses of worship we each love.

In the meantime, your local church expenses go on, as do those of Christ’s work around the world. Indeed, during this strange time some expenses, both local and missional, are greater than they would be in a normal time. So, as your Moderator, I write now to make an appeal because you have proven before that you are among the most generous of God’s people. Would you prayerfully consider sending your church your tithe right away? Maybe you can even make a special extra gift to support our mission work around the world. I am reminded of Oswald Smith’s great charge, “The mission of the church is missions and when the church takes care of missions God will take care of the church!” And He will!

You can put your gift in the mail directly to your church or to your church treasurer. Contact the ARP Center if your church needs help setting up a temporary online giving option. Either way, God will be honored and His work will be advanced and you will be appreciated. Remember, praising God with our money will never be out of season!

Yours for Building Healthy Churches and Birthing Healthy Christians,

Leslie Holmes


No Cost, Online Giving Set-up for ARP Churches

Weekly giving in many of our churches’ is suffering because members are not able to gather, or have lower attendance under the Covid-19 restrictions.  To help mitigate delayed, or reduced giving for those churches that do not have online giving capacity, we will create a custom online giving account with no set-up charge to benefit your church and serve your members through May 31st.

1) The General Synod will facilitate cash donations, then mail a check to your church weekly.  — No administrative fees.

2) We will provide a list of donors (unless anonymous) and the gift amounts so your church can issue receipts through your regular accounting system.

3) The ARP Foundation will process gifts of marketable stocks or securities; our broker will sell them and send 100% of the proceeds to your church at no charge. The Foundation will issue a gift acknowledgement to the donor and inform your church treasurer of the gift amount and donor (unless anonymous) for a soft credit to you books.

Here’s How to participate:

1.Complete the online request form and submit it to us.

2.We will respond with a link to a custom webpage for your church that you can post on your website with a message to encourage them to do the following:

  • Click on the link “Give online” to make a cash gift, or make a gift of marketable stocks.
  • The Church header will include: To transfer securities to make a gift of stocks, contact Steve Nichols directly at the ARP Foundation for instructions.
  • Select: one time, or recurring gift option.
  • Select: Use a credit/debit card (subject to about a 3% charged by the card merchant), or
  • Use your Bank account (like paying any online bill, usually with no charge as a bank service).

Click here to request a form.

Steve Nichols- Director of Gift Planning
ARP Foundation

Change in 2020 Synod Dates

To All Sessions, Pastors, and other leaders in the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church:

After consultation with the Moderator-elect, medical experts, and members of Synod’s Executive Board and in consideration of the coronavirus pandemic, in keeping with our Form of Government 12.9, which reads,

The meeting of the General Synod shall be held at the time and place designated at the preceding meeting. The moderator shall designate an alternate time and/or place of meeting in the event that such a change should be necessary. Notice of any change shall be given to each Session not less than thirty days in advance of the meeting. 

The Moderator has changed the meeting date for our 2020 to August 17 through August 20, at Bonclarken. These dates are in keeping with the current Bonclarken calendar. They are, of course, subject to the lifting of all current coronavirus restrictions and recommendations. The agenda for Synod, including registration and all meetings and reports, remains as it would have been for our June meeting.

If you had already made reservations with Bonclarken for this year’s Synod meeting your reservations will now be “rolled over” to the new dates. There is no need for you to call Bonclarken to make any changes.

Respectfully submitted,

Leslie Holmes

Summer Events

Dear Friends,

As we all get use to the world of operating from home and Zoom meetings, Christian Education Ministries has been receiving a growing number of calls regarding our summer programming.

Our first and highest priority during any camp/conference season is the health and well-being of everyone involved, both staff and participants. We are well aware that we are operating in a fluid situation as our nation combats the COVID-19 virus. We want everyone to be safe and will be monitoring the ongoing COVID-19 situation as it evolves in the coming weeks.

With that in mind, while it is our hope to be able to hold our camps and conferences this summer, we will always err on the side of caution as we decide whether to hold or cancel our programming. We will be carefully monitoring the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and acting accordingly in making our decisions.


We are also aware that you would like a degree of certainty in your family planning and some time to make alternative plans if camps and/or conferences are cancelled. With that in mind, we are setting decision dates regarding the potential cancellation of camps. Again, if the situation and CDC guidance warrants us reacting at a later date to cancel an event, we will be doing so.


Cancellation decision to be made no later than May 15
Registration is now open and due by June 1
After June 1, a late fee will apply.
Know that if cancelled, all monies will be fully refunded
Register Today


Cancellation decision to be made no later than May 1
Registration is now open
After June 1, a late fee will apply.
Know that if cancelled, all monies will be fully refunded.
Register for Horizon
Register for Quest


Cancellation decision to be made no later than June 20
Registration is now open
Early registration has been extended to June 15th
Know that if cancelled, all monies will be fully refunded.
Register for FBC


Cancellation decision to be made no later than May 1
Registration for all Camp Joy locations is now open
Know that if cancelled, all monies will be fully refunded.
Apply Today

Know that we are praying for you and we ask that you would keep us in prayer as we both plan and make important decisions in the weeks ahead.

Rev. Dr. Brent Turner


Call for Prayer from the Moderator

My Dear Friends,

Your response to the coronavirus pandemic inspires me in new ways each day as I hear of how our pastors and congregations are maximizing electronic and other means that make it possible for their people to worship and be served in many other ways. With the apostle, I can honestly say, “I thank my God every time I remember you.” (Philippians 1:3). I am more convinced with each passing day that God, who has all this under His ultimate control, will turn this time into something good for Himself and for His church. Time will tell us what that will be, but I am convinced that Romans 8:28 holds true for each of us in such a time as this.

Each passing day brings news of the growing seriousness of this global viral crisis. For that reason, I write to you now asking that you join me in a season of prayer that God will quickly bring a positive end to this worldwide pandemic. As your Moderator, I am asking that we each would stop whatever we may be doing at 10 o’clock Eastern time each morning and pause in united prayer not only for an end to the pandemic but for a time of national and international revival. We are assured by God’s word that, “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14). Let us claim this promise now!

Being conscious that many of you deal daily with health issues that make fasting medically inadvisable, I will not ask all of you to fast with me. However, where you are able and feel so inclined, perhaps you would join me in a time of fasting for a worldwide revival.

Pastors, by means of this letter, I am asking you to call your people to join us in prayer at 10 o’clock each morning. Please also call your non-ARP pastor friends and invite them and their congregations to join us also. Let’s get God’s people praying!

As always, you will be in my prayers each day. Keep up the good work for Jesus’ sake.

Yours for building healthy churches and birthing healthy Christians,

Leslie Holmes
Philippians 1:9-11

Col. Oliver Johnson

Word has been received of the sudden passing yesterday of Col. Oliver Johnson, a member and former Clerk of Session at Bethel ARP Church in Winnsboro, SC.  Oliver served as the Chairman of the Old Brick Church Commission.  Many improvements at the OBC have been accomplished under his leadership.  Please pray for the Johnson family at this time of their loss.   No details have been finalized.