ARP News

Summer Updates


Record high numbers at the high school conference, Horizon, hosted by Christian Education Ministries, with 450 in attendance. Pray for the leaders, staff and students. The evening speaker is Leon Brown, a mission developer at Montage ARPC in California. The week began with a dedication service of the new youth facility at Bonclarken, The Back Porch. Chip Sherer, president of Bonclarken, shared with the group, “The Back Porch is built for youth fellowship specifically Horizon and Quest. During the planning of the building, our main focus was to help groups fellowship more while here.” During Quest, a volunteer from each of the ARPC presbyteries was invited to cut the ribbon.

Multicultural Ministry

Do you have a story of God leading you or your church across cultural boundaries for the glory of the gospel? ONA wants to hear from you! In an effort to encourage our denomination to reach across cultural and ethnic divides for the glory of Christ, we would like to highlight testimonies of God at work in the ARP Church through multicultural ministry. Please contact Elinor Griffin at or (864) 467-1800 if you if have a story you would like to share.
“The glory and the wisdom of God is uniquely displayed in the cross-cultural, beautiful church….The idea is that when diverse people would all circle around the Lord Jesus and say, ‘We love him!’, that the universe is put on notice and saying, ‘Who has glory like this?'” – Rev. Will Broadus on Ephesians 2, Breaking Down Walls

You are Invited

New Sterling and the family are hosting a drop in to celebrate the 90th birthday of David Sides on Sunday July 28th, 2-4 pm. During the celebration, the congregation of New Sterling will also present David with a plaque commemorating him being elected to the office of Elder Emeritus. Please come and join us. RSVP to by July 17.

Synod Update and Summer Events

Synod 2019

The ARPC and RPCNA joined together for the second time for a Concurrent Synod. This time, we traveled Geneva College in Beaver Falls, PA. For a summary of events and business notes, subscribe the The ARP Magazine.


The middle school conference, Quest, hosted by Christian Education Ministries, is meeting this week at Bonclarken Conference Center. Pray for the leaders, staff and students. The evening speaker is Matt Joldersma from Neely’s Creek ARPC in Rock Hill, SC. The morning speaker is Brad Anderson discussing  Sacraments 101. There are over 400 in attendance which is a record high.

Seminar Schedule and Locations


Seminars Agencies: Location:
Higher Education: Geneva College/Erskine College Skye Lounge

Theological Training: RPTS/Erskine Seminary Merriman Gym

Publications: Crown & Covenant/CEM & ARP Magazine SE022

Missions: RP Global/World Witness College Hills Sanctuary

Church Planting: RP Home Missions/ONA Metheny Fieldhouse

Synod Preparations

Be in prayer for General Synod 2019 next week. Prayer for those traveling to Pennsylvania and for the business meetings. Pray for the fellowship among the ARPs and the RPCNAs.

Be sure to follow The ARP Magazine on all social media forms and download The ARP app to keep up with the latest information and news.


Go to Northwood 013. Look for this sign! Click here for a map of the campus.
Registration is Monday 4-7 pm and Tuesday 8:30- 11 am.

Pre-Synod Conference on Psalmody

Monday, June 10 at 7pm in Metheny Fieldhouse with Mark Ross, Michael LeFebvre and Adam Kuehner. Men from the ARP and RPCNA will speak to how each denomination applies the regulative principle of worship in the area of the content of praise in the worship of God. We pray that this presentation will lead to collegial discussion about our practice of worship.

Synod 2019 News

Are you registered?Deadline is May 24th!

We respectfully request that you let us know you are coming. Please do not expect to show up and register on site!

To be sure that you have registered: Look for your name in one of these lists.
Click here for the alphabetical listing.
Click here for the Presbytery/Church listing.

If you cannot find your name on the alphabetical listing:
  1 – possibly a mistake has been made (please contact
  2 – possibly you have not registered (please register at no later than May 24)


Delegates: If you have registered as a voting delegate, your fee includes a meal plan. Please make sure all non-voting guests, students and staff have registered for meals ($30) by May 24th.
If your spouse is accompanying you and plans to eat meals on campus with you, please purchase a meal ticket before May 24th – there will be no individual meal purchases.
All delegate meals include:
Tuesday lunch and dinner
Wed lunch – BBQ sponsored by Erskine College & Seminary, Geneva College & Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary
Wed dinner
Thursday lunch and dinner
All meals (except the BBQ) will be in Alexander Hall Dining Room. Each meal will include a variety of options including hot meals, sandwiches, pizza, and full salad bar.
Breakfast meals are on your own unless you are staying in dorm lodging. All those staying in dorm lodging will receive separate information about breakfast options.


 Synod notebooks were mailed the week of May 13 to everyone who has registered.  If you register after May 24, you may receive a link to the electronic reports instead of a hard copy. There will likely be no extra hard copies available after May 24.


Go to Northwood 013. Look for this sign!
 (There is also a map in your Synod notebook.)
Registration is: Mon 4-7 pm
      Tues 8:30- 11 am