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Erskine Trustees Future Plans

The Erskine Board of Trustees today adopted a motion proposed by Chairman Ron Vigus to establish a presidential search committee that will begin the process of seeking a successor to Dr. Paul Kooistra.

Kooistra, who began his tenure in August 2014, will continue serving as president until the transition is complete. The process may take anywhere from six to eighteen months, according to Vigus.

“We gave Dr. Kooistra the daunting task of stabilizing Erskine’s financial situation, and he has done a great job with that,” Vigus said. He also reminded trustees that from the beginning Kooistra had declared his intent to serve a term of three to five years. “He has often lightheartedly reminded us that he thought he was retiring before we called him to be president.”

In presenting the formal proposal to the board, Vigus said, “Dr. Kooistra is beginning his third year. Following discussions with him, due to the time it may take to recruit a president, it is time to begin the search process. Dr. Kooistra will continue until we find the individual God has for our next president and will make this transition whenever we find this individual.”

Vigus later expanded on his reasons for proposing this action. “There is still a lot of work to do, and Dr. Kooistra’s continued leadership will be key. Starting this process now, however, allows us to orchestrate a smooth transition and avoid a leadership gap that would adversely affect the progress Erskine has made with Dr. Kooistra as president.”

The search committee members are: Clint Davis, Jill Gazzaway, Tom Hellams (chair), Jamie Hunt, Sam James, Gordon Query, and Ron Vigus.

In addition to hosting the first meeting of the trustees for the 2016-17 fiscal and academic year this week, Erskine also welcomed the largest incoming college class in 41 years as classes began Monday.

Seminary classes began Wednesday as an ad hoc committee of the board formed in May met to consider a request from the ARP General Synod and some seminary faculty to evaluate dividing the college and seminary into two separate institutions. The board passed a motion that instructed the ad hoc committee to bring its recommendations to the October meeting of the board and to include in those recommendations a best-case scenario for creating a separated seminary.

The college and seminary have been governed as one institution with one board since 1925.

Joining the board for its first 2016-17 meeting were eight new trustees, several serving out unexpired terms.

The new trustees are: Dr. A.J. Broyles, Rock Hill, S.C. (Trustee Class of 2017); R.L. Casterline, Irmo, S.C. (Trustee Class of 2019); Dr. J.R. Augustine, Columbia, S.C., C.L. Bethea, Myrtle Beach, S.C., the Rev. C.H. Davis, Chester, S.C., the Rev. J.A. Hunt, Flat Rock, N.C., and P.W. Malphrus, Woodruff, S.C. (Trustee Class of 2021); and Phil Williams, Moderator of ARP Synod, Lexington, N.C. (Ex Officio).

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Now Hiring

 First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, SC

The Youth Ministry of First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, South Carolina, is seeking female candidates for their full-time position of Assistant Director that oversees ministry to high school girls. Anyone interested in the position needs to contact Brad Anderson ( for more information.

Covenant ARP Church

Covenant ARP Church in Jacksonville, NC is seeking a full time pastor. We are located on the east coast of North Carolina near Camp Lejeune, NC. Please prayerfully send your résumé to: Attention: Tony Langley- 910-346-5687 Covenant ARP Church,106 Plantation Blvd., Jacksonville, NC 28540.

Greenville ARP Church 

The Session of the Greenville Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Greenville, SC, announces that the search is now underway for our new full-time Director of Student Ministries.

The Session and the Search Committee are committed to finding the right candidate who is both called and gifted for youth ministry, particularly the facilitation of the Family Ministry Model of discipleship and the cultivation of fellowship opportunities for middle school, high school and college students. Candidates are encouraged to apply by September 21.

The full job announcement can be found at: The full job description can be found at:  Please refer anyone you know who might be interested in this position to these resources.

White Oak ARP Church

White Oak ARP Church in Senoia, GA is seeking an individual whom the Lord leads to us as a part-time Music Director. For more information concerning this position, please email

Young Memorial ARP Church

Young Memorial ARP Church in Anderson, SC is seeking a dynamic, visionary, and compassionate candidate to fill the role of full time pastor. Experience preferred, but not necessary. Responsibilities include leading Sunday worship service, visitations, and developing our youth program. Please send your resume/ Ministerial Data Form to Don Johnson at, or: Young Memorial ARP Church, 508 Boulevard, Anderson SC 29621

You can find more job positions available here.

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Louisiana Flooding Update

12113360_10153014991996809_6709201722376086084_oDear ARP Members,

I contacted Dean Rydbeck, pastor at our Hope Church, and Blake Law, pastor at our Calhoun Church, both located in Louisiana.  I asked about the flood conditions in their areas.  Both indicated that things were fine in their areas.  Dean said there was some flooding in the south side of their parish but none of their members were affected.  We are grateful for these reports and encourage your prayers for the other areas of Louisiana that are flooding.

In Christ,


Guy H. Smith, D.D.

Catawba Stated Clerk/Administrator

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Lois Bell

Mrs. Lois Bell passed away Monday, August 1 at 10am.  She was the widow of Rev. James Murphy Bell. They have six children: James Bell, Jr. (married to Jaime); Rev. Robert Bell (married to Alice); Ann Marie Hope (married to Steve); Sharon Griffin (married to David); Paul Bell (married to Jeanne); Allyson Huskey (married to Nick). The visitation and funeral will be held at the Due West ARP Church on Thursday, August 4.  The visitation will be held from 10:00-11:30am, with the funeral beginning at 11:30am.

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Update From Rev. Bryan Bult

13606432_10153431496252134_6874617063938437210_nThank you friends, family, and prayer warriors! Home from the hospital now. Surgery went well. Lots of healing ahead. But wanted to reassure everyone I’m OK and that my face is intact. In fact, it might be an improvement. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your prayers, concern, and good wishes. Love to you all. I thank the Lord for you.


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Update on Rev. Bult

Rev. Bryan Bult had surgery this morning and was expected to be released today. He will have follow up appointments in the morning. Please continue to pray. I will update as I hear any news.

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Prayers for Rev. Bryan Bult

Pray for Rev. Bryan Bult, pastor of Fayetteville ARP Church, TN who was injured in a firework accident last night at his church. He is being prepped for surgery this morning. He has first degree facial burns and possible eye loss.