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Ben Johnston

ben-johnstonBen Johnston, former ARP Magazine editor, passed away last night, February 16. Visitation will be at Mackey Morturary Funerals on Century Drive in Greenville, SC from 7pm-9pm Saturday, February 18. A Memorial service will be on Sunday at 3pm at Devenger Road Presbyterian church. A family burial will follow on Monday. Please continue to pray for his wife and family during this time.

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 Prayer for the Persecuted Church

unnamed-4“If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together” (1 Corinthians 12:6).
Dear Father, who sent Your Son into a world held hostage in sin by the devil; and who, through Jesus our Lord, his virgin birth, miraculous life, sacrificial death on the cross, glorious resurrection, eye-witnessed ascension, heavenly enthronement, and present reign, brought light and life to the ends of the earth, giving eternal life and abundant life, grant that those who are held in the bondage of persecution, this day, may be anointed for this holy ministry, and therefore, may be strengthened in their suffering, may be freed from their imprisonment, may find relief from their wounds, and may be sanctified in their suffering; and that we, their brothers and sisters, who know peace, will be disturbed for their condition, and that until their warfare has ceased, we will be resolved to pray until there is a visible response from heaven; and that in persecution, as well as in prayer, the sovereign grace of Christ Jesus our Lord will transform their night into day, their pain into providence, their injustices into righteousness, and, following the ruling motif of the cross in the Gospel, move the good ship of the Gospel forward, so that the things that have sought to destroy us become, in the hands of a glorious God, the very things that come to save us, and the winds that rose to destroy our little boat become the fair breezes that filled our sails and guided us home to You. This prayer for Your persecuted Church we offer in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Dr. Michael A. Milton
Chaplain (COL), U.S. Army Reserve, Command Chaplain, U.S. Army Military Intelligence Readiness Command, MPA, School of Government, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Julia Hardeman Rhodes Announcement

unnamed-24Jeanie Revell Alexander from First ARP Church, Rock Hill, SC is the recipient of the 2016 Julia Hardeman Rhodes award. This Sunday, February 12, during the morning worship hour, Jeanie will be presented her award.  Jeanie is a Godly woman within her family, church, and community. She is a mentor to young women, and is actively nurturing others to be prepared to take leadership positions in her church, at Camp Joy, and in the local ministry which is called “Just Joy.” Please join us this Sunday at First ARP Rock Hill as we honor Jeanie.

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Carolyn Evans

13325737_1795388097361016_3764545269280286291_nA memorial service is scheduled for Carolyn Evans, wife of retired minister Rev. Chuck Evans, at Pinecrest ARP Church, Hendersonville, NC, on Thursday, February 9th at 2pm with a reception to follow.

Carolyn Bailey Evans, 71, of Hendersonville, NC, went to be with her Lord Jesus Christ on Monday, February 6, at her home with her family by her side. A native of Union, SC, she grew up in Atlanta, Ga. She was the daughter of Geraldine Sprouse Bailey of Atlanta and the late William C. Bailey, Sr. A graduate of Erskine College, she majored in Elementary Education and Psychology. She taught for several years until raising a family became her priority. A resident of Henderson County since 1980, she was an active member of Pinecrest Presbyterian Church, serving in the church women’s circles and working alongside her husband in the ministry of the church. She was an accomplished pianist who served her church in a musical capacity. She loved to travel and spend time with her family. Carolyn was a devoted and unselfish wife, mother, homemaker, grandmother and friend. She loved greatly and was greatly loved. In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband of 46 years, Rev. Charles B. Evans; two daughters, Holly Evans Moore and her husband Blake of Greenville, SC and Christy Evans Whitehurst and her husband Michael of East Flat Rock, NC; three grandchildren, Ben, Bailey and Bryson Whitehurst; her brother, William C. Bailey, Jr. and his wife Vicki of Suwanee, GA; a nephew, Brian Bailey and niece, Ashley Bailey. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM Thursday, February 9, 2017 at Pinecrest Presbyterian Church. Rev. Rhett Carson will officiate. The family will receive guests following the service in the church fellowship hall. Committal service will be private. Memorials may be made to Pinecrest Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 421, Flat Rock, NC 28731 or to Four Seasons Hospice, 571 S. Allen Rd. Flat Rock, NC 28731. To offer condolences online please visit Shuler Funeral Home is assisting the family.

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Sanctity of Human Life

575448_450653065036777_1666480172_nThis Sunday, January 22, marks Sanctity of Human Life Sunday. Please pray for all unborn children, children of our country, new parents and legislators during this time.

Synod Registration and Housing Info

IMG_1954Synod 2017 registration is now open!  More information is available on our website:

will began taking Synod housing requests on-line on Monday, January 16, 2017. On-line requests will be processed according to the date they were received.

They will begin accepting email and written requests for Synod and Family Bible Conference housing on Wednesday, February 1, and telephone requests on Wednesday, February 15.

To make your Synod housing request online, please go to

To download a copy of the housing request, please go to

For additional information, please contact Susan Frohlich at or by calling the Bonclarken office at 828.692.2223.

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Celebrating 300 Years

January 15, 1717 marks the beginning of the Marrow Controversy. William Craig went before Presbytery in 1717; He was examined and licensed. In February he came back and said he could not subscribe to what is now known as the “Auchterarder Creed.” The Presbytery refused to give him a copy of his license since his answers to the examination question didn’t satisfy the Presbytery. His case was appealed to the General  Assembly and sparked a debate that led to division and the beginning of the Associate Presbyterian Church. The debate became known as the “Marrow Controversy .”

To read more, you can purchase a copy of “A History of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church” by Ray King from the CEM bookstore.  Another good source is a recent book “The Whole Christ ” by Sinclair Ferguson published by Crossway.

Synod 2017

Synod 2017 registration is now open!  More information is available on our website: