Important Synod Info and Deadlines

Synod Registration 2020

Click here to find out more about registering for Synod 2020!

This year, Bonclarken housing registration for Synod will be completely online. Bonclarken housing registration opens Monday, February 3, at 8am. You will be able to select rooms and reserve housing for yourself and/or all of the attendees from your church at the same time. In order to prepare for registration, assess your housing needs and determine your arrival and departure dates. Please be aware that you will need to pay a deposit by credit card to complete your registration.

If you have any questions about online Synod housing registration, please contact the Bonclarken Office at 828.692.2223. If you choose not to use the online registration system, you may call the Bonclarken Office beginning Monday, February 17, to make a reservation.

We look forward to welcoming Synod back to Bonclarken in June!

Statistical Reports

Statistical Reports are due February 1! Click here to download the forms. Synod’s agencies rely on an accurate denominational ministry fund allocation determined by pledges. Please do not leave any empty blanks on these forms. Thank you in advance for the effort you will expend on these reports.

DMF Giving

Thank you for a strong finish for the year!

Here is the chart for the 2019 Denomination Ministry giving compared to the previous three years. The year finished over the projected budget by $45,000 with the December totals of $311,023. This is the first time our churches have given over $300k to DMF for a single month!  The 4th quarter had the highest monthly amounts than the prior three years. 
More income allows more ministry activity for the Gospel and encourages all our agencies to move ahead. Check for more information about the Denominational Ministry Fund. Thank you to our churches that supported the DMF in 2019.

Reverend Wayne Stanchfield

Retired ARP Minister, Rev. Wayne Stanchfield, Sr., age 81 of the Smithtown community passed away Wednesday, January, 8, 2020 at his home.

Funeral services were held Monday, January 13, 2020 at 1:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Hilton Duncan and Bro. Larry Brown officiating. Burial was in the Angel Cemetery.

He was born October 22, 1938 in Milo, Maine to Everett Stanchfield and Marion Noyes Stanchfield. Wayne served in the United States Air Force for thirteen years and attained the rank of Captain. He had a thirst for knowledge and was well educated, having attended the Missionary Baptist Seminary in Jacksonville, Texas where received a Master in Theology. Wayne also earned a Doctorate in Ministry from Concordia Lutheran University in St. Louis and taught himself Greek and Hebrew. He was ordained July 13, 1975 and was serving as pastor of Midlane Park Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church when he retired. He had served on the Board of Directors of the ARP Foundation for three years and on the Executive Board of Synod for two years and as Moderator of the Mississippi Valley Presbytery. Since his retirement and moving back to the area, Wayne and Brenda attended Stearns First Baptist Church. In his spare time, he enjoyed playing chess, travelling, and people in general.

Preceding him in death were his parents and a sister, Nancy Reynolds.

Survivors include his wife, Brenda Stanchfield, whom he married January 6, 1962, sons, Jeff Stanchfield and his wife, Mechelle, Louisvile, Kentucky and Wayne E. Stanchfield, Jr. of Neuchatel, Switzerland, grandchildren, Anthony Richie, Joshua, Haley, Hannah, and Samuel Everett, several nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Rev. Wayne Stanchfield.

ARP News items


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January/February ARP Magazine

Click here to read the latest ARP Magazine.
Happy New Year. What is your vision for 2020? Read about the ARP Magazine vision and goals on page 31. The Moderator’s Challenge is on page 4 followed by the Synod Emphasis article, “Revival”, on page 6. The Women’s Ministries Prayer emphasis by Emily Woodard is on page 20. Dr. Derek Thomas was invited to pray at the House of Representatives. His prayer is on page 27.

If you would like a complimentary print copy of this issue, please send me an email or call our office 864-232-8441.

Services for Dr. Terry Eves

Erskine Theological Seminary announces passing of Dr. Terry Eves, beloved Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Hebrew

eves-terry[Due West, SC, 12/30/2019–] Dr. Terry Eves, Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Hebrew at Erskine Theological Seminary, went home to the Lord on December 30, 2019. Dr. Eves is survived by his wife, Dianne of 43 years, and sons Eric (Beth) and Kevin (Erin) and grandchildren Levi and Andrew; mother Marylouise Eves, and brothers Steve (Waneda) and Bryan (Sheila).

Dr. Eves is preceded in death by his father, Donald Eves.

Dr. Eves had a remarkable record of scholarly study and service that included his Ph.D. in the Hebrew Bible from The Annenberg Research Institute, along with additional graduate work at the University of Pennsylvania in Textual Criticism with Dr. Emmanuel Tov of the Hebrew University, and Westminster Theological Seminary in Ugaritic with Tremper Longman III.

He obtained a Master of Arts in Hebrew Bible from the Dropsie College of Hebrew and Cognate Languages, a Master in Theology in Old Testament at Westminster Theological Seminary, a M.A.R. in Biblical Studies from Westminster Theological Seminary, and a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies with New Testament emphasis from Grace College.

Dr. Eves was a careful scholar and teacher who brought over 30 years of experience in the church and classroom to Erskine. He began his teaching with the Erskine family at Erskine College where he was a Professor of Biblical Studies from 2000 – 2007. He later came to Erskine Theological Seminary beginning as an Adjunct Professor of Hebrew and Biblical Theology in 2005 where he was known for mentoring students both in and out of the classroom. His desire that the faculty worship together led him to serve as Dean of the Chapel of the Seminary and he also served as chair of the Graduate Committee. He was an elder in the Presbyterian Church in America.

Dr. Michael A. Milton, Provost of Erskine Seminary, reflected on Dr. Eves’ passing: “Our friend, Terry, was not only a prodigious Bible scholar, but he was also one of the most pastoral professors that I have ever known. I will always remember Terry welcoming me to the Erskine family by remarking, with that unforgettable soft and tender tonality we will all miss, ‘Mike, I found a home here at Erskine. I know it will be a home for you, as well.” Because of Dr. Terry Eves, who set an unsurpassed pastoral example, with a heart beating for Christ Jesus, and for students, he not only made Erskine my home but a home for many others. He leaves a living legacy that proclaims, “The heart of theology should always be expressed in the love of Christ Jesus.'”

Dr. Rob Gustafson, President of Erskine College and Theological Seminary, remembered Dr. Eves this way, “I knew Dr. Eves not only as a member of the Erskine Theological Seminary faculty, but also as a kind and helpful professor when I was working on my Doctor of Ministry degree at Erskine Seminary. As a student, I appreciated Terry’s deep love for the Scriptures and his clear conviction that the entire Biblical account points to Christ. This perspective challenged me to read the Old Testament with a new and rich perspective. He was always encouraging to others, always available to me as a student, and always expressive of his deep love for Christ. Dr. Eves will be greatly missed. Heaven has gained a faithful servant, but we have lost a faithful professor of the Old Testament and a beloved friend.”

Dr. Eves’ memorial service of thanksgiving and worship to Jesus Christ will be in the chapel of Bowie Divinity Hall at Erskine Theological Seminary in Due West, SC at 11:00 am on Saturday, January 4, 2020.

Erskine Theological Seminary prepares men and women to fulfill the Great Commission of Jesus Christ. Dr. Terry Eves will remain an exemplar of how Erskine Seminary seeks to live this mission with fidelity to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ; His inerrant and infallible Word, the Holy Bible; and by teaching the Doctrines of Grace according to the Westminster Confession of Faith—all knit together with Christ’s love lived out in grateful hearts.

Thank you!

How important is the Thanksgiving offering?

A portion of the special offering taken at Thanksgiving goes to retirees and widows of retirees in the form of a Christmas gift check every year.  As a result of your sacrificial giving, over 140 gift checks were mailed today!  Praise the Lord for those who gave to this special offering as a way of honoring those who have served our denomination so well!


Today has become a national day to give back. Remember our agencies in the ARP denomination and the impact they make. Lives are changed and we can see God is at work in this denomination. Make a gift today! Help a church planter through ONA; a missionary in World Witness; Camp Joy; Bonclarken; Erskine College & Seminary; or make a gift to all by clicking here. You can make a difference.