On Sunday, July 31st, the Clemson Korean Presbyterian Church, formerly an ARP Mission, hosted a worship service in which they honored several members of Second Presbytery and expressed their appreciation and gratitude for the role the ARP Church played in their becoming a mission, which ultimately led to their becoming an independent congregation. The members were each honored with a plaque by the pastor, Rev. ByungChul Oh, expressing appreciation for their work on behalf of the congregation. Each of the members honored had served on provisional sessions of the mission prior to its becoming independent.
At the worship service, Mr. Howard Cox, elder at Christ Reformed ARP Church, presented a plaque of appreciation to the Clemson Korean congregation, and then led in the morning prayer. Dr. Robby Bell, retired ARP Minister, preached the sermon, based upon Psalm 100, with the assistance of an interpreter. Dr. Chuck Wilson, retired ARP Minister, pronounced the benediction. The congregation also honored Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Ackerman for their generous support of the church and for their most recent gift which enabled the church’s parking lot to be paved.
Following the worship service, a delicious Korean meal was served in the fellowship hall.
The church is located at 10 Fisher Jenkins Road, Anderson, SC.
The Clemson Korean congregation has continued to send money to the ARP Denominational Ministry Fund even though they no longer are an ARP mission. This has been one way they have continued to show their appreciation for the ARP denomination.
For reference, here is pertinent information from the Spring 2020 meeting of Second Presbytery:
Clemson Korean Presbyterian Church – No Mission Developer Currently The mortgage has been paid off by the congregation, the paperwork completed, and recorded with Anderson County. We will be recommending to the Presbytery the closure of this mission so they can function to exist as an independent congregation. This proposal was deemed to be the wisest and best solution for both the congregation and the Presbytery in moving forward due to all the obstacles in calling a Korean, bi-lingual church planter who could meet all our credentials. The CKPC has been served since December by an occasional supply whom they will eventually call as their pastor.