ARP News

Prayers for Synod 2017

Here is a prayer guide that can be used by individuals, churches, or groups of ARPs to pray for our Synod and the upcoming meeting June 5-8. It is set up as a service, but you can utilize it however bests fits your situation.

Synod 2017 Prayer Guide


Be sure to follow The ARP Magazine on all social media forms (Instagram, Facebook & Twitter) for immediate updates during the General Synod meeting. There will be evening updates on this site. #arpsynod2017

ARP News

Rev. Jim Corbitt

Rev. Dr. James T. Corbitt, 79, of Greenville, SC passed away Monday, May 1, 2017 at his home.

Born in Ashland, KY, he was a son of the late W.M. “Jim” Corbitt and Jewel Corbitt. Rev. Corbitt earned a chemical engineering degree from Virginia Tech and worked as an engineer for 11 years before God called him into the ministry. After graduating Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, MS, Rev. Corbitt founded the Devenger Road Presbyterian Church, formerly known as Grier Memorial Presbyterian Church in Greer, SC. After 18 years as pastor, he served as director of Outreach North America in the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church before retiring in 2004. He received honorary doctorates from American Theological Seminary in Los Angeles, CA and from Erskine College in Due West, SC. Rev. Corbitt had an extensive counselling ministry throughout his career and was fundamental in starting numerous congregations in the A.R.P. Church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Carolyn Hay.

He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Nancy; 2 sons, Mark Corbitt (Sandi) of AL, and John Corbitt (Michelle) of TX; 2 grandchildren, Ethan and Ryan Corbitt; and 2 brothers, Steve Corbitt of KY, and Stan Corbitt of TX.

A worship service celebrating Jim’s life will be held at 2pm Thursday, May 4, 2017 at Devenger Road Presbyterian Church in Greer, SC. The family will receive friends at the church following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Outreach North America, or to Devenger Road Presbyterian Church.

ARP News

Rev. Jim Corbitt

Rev. Jim Corbitt passed away this morning, May 1. He was ordained June 3, 1974 to become a Mission Developer and then pastor of Grier Memorial (now Devenger Road) Church, which he served until 1992 when he became Director of Outreach North America. He served until his retirement in July 2004. Jim was Moderator of General Synod in 1991 and Second Presbytery in 1979 and served on numerous boards and committees.

ARP News

The Bridge ARP Church

A car crashed into The Bridge ARP Church today, April 28. Rev. John Casteel was the only one at the church at the time. Thankfully no one was injured. The lobby was the only thing damaged. They will hold services as normal on Sunday. Pray for the church as they begin repair of the building. The Bridge is located in Simpsonville, SC. 

ARP News

Click on the magazine cover on the left to read the May/June edition of  The ARP Magazine..

We hope you will enjoy this issue and will share with your friends and family. The cover photo links to two feature articles. One article is found on page 26, the Family Page and the other on page 8, “Why Kids Don’t Need a Megachurch.”
Don’t forget to check out the Moderator’s Challenge on page 4 and the Women’s Ministries articles. We hope you can stay connected to the denomination through this resource and find value in it for your church.
Contact our office if you would like to receive a complimentary print copy by emailing

ARP News

Judy Todd

Please pray for Mrs. Judy Todd, wife of Charles Todd retired pastor of Salem ARP in TN.  She suffered a heart attack Friday, April 21 and is in stable condition in the hospital in Cookeville, TN.  She will have open heart surgery early next week.

ARP News

Hal Morris

Former Moderator of the General Synod of the ARP Church, Hal Morris, passed away on April 19 in Lutz, FL. Hal had served as an Elder for First Presbyterian Church, Lake Placid, FL, a Moderator of the Florida Presbytery, and Chairman of Outreach North America.  Plans for a memorial service will be announced when arrangements have been made. Please remember the family in your prayers.

Rev. Roy Swisher

Roy Wade “Yogi” Swisher, 71, of Brownsburg died Saturday, April 15, 2017. He was born Oct. 4, 1945, in Rockbridge County, a son of the late Ollie Wade Swisher and Nellie Spitler Swisher.

Mr. Swisher was a minister at Broad Creek A.R. Presbyterian Church for over 25 years. He achieved his master’s in education and taught in the Rockbridge County School System. He was also a member of the Fairfield Moose Lodge, and enjoyed playing softball in Bustleburg for many years.

The funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 20, at Harrison Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Rick Ramsey. Burial will follow at McElwee Chapel Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

Arrangements are by Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory. Lexington, VA.