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Seminary Announces New Leadership and Courses for Winter Term


Gustafson Appoints Holmes as Seminary Provost

leslie-holmesErskine Interim President Dr. Rob Gustafson has announced his appointment of Dr. Leslie Holmes to serve as Provost of Erskine Theological Seminary. Dr. Holmes currently serves as Erskine Seminary’s John H. Leith Professor of Pastoral Theology and Dean of the Institute for Reformed Worship. He is a minister member of Second Presbytery of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church.

Dr. Holmes has pastored churches with memberships ranging from 60 to 4,300. He formerly served as pastor of the historic First Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh, Pa. He has spoken, taught, and presented at preaching conferences on six continents. He is the author or contributing editor of 18 books and numerous articles in professional journals and other publications. His latest book, Leading the Way, was released last month.

“Dr. Holmes brings to this position not only the academic credentials and administrative experience essential to leading the Seminary but also the unanimous endorsement of the Seminary faculty,” the interim president said.

“His extensive background as a pastor and his love for Erskine Seminary as an agency of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church add important qualities to the task of leading the Seminary at this important time. I look forward to working with him in his new leadership role and appreciate his willingness to serve Erskine and the Seminary community.”

Dr. Holmes will begin his new role in January 2017. He and the interim president plan to work on next steps and strategies for the seminary and hope to have more details to share in the New Year.


ARP pastors invited to take intensive courses in January

towerfullcolor-copyWinter term courses on the Due West campus of Erskine Seminary require just a one-week commitment, and this can be quite convenient for busy pastors.

Whether already enrolled in the Doctor of Ministry program or seeking Continuing Education Credit, sign up now for one of three Doctor of Ministry courses being offered during the month of January on the Due West campus of Erskine Theological Seminary:

Theological Foundations (DR 901)

            Class dates: Jan. 9-13

            Taught by Dr. R.J. Gore

 What in the world is going on out there? Generational change and the rise of the Millennials in the workplace have become regular topics of discussion as the Church faces an increasingly secular, even hostile society. This seminar examines the Biblical-theological foundations of ministry while looking closely at our rapidly changing postmodern, post-Christian world. The course culminates with a final Theology of Ministry paper, in which students describe their own theological perspective on ministry.

 Ministry in Context (DR 902)

            Class dates: Jan. 16-20

            Taught by Dr. Loyd Melton

 Have you lost your zeal for your ministry? Do you feel like you’re just going through the motions? Is your church at a kind of plateau? In this course, students examine the Biblical/theological foundations of the practice of ministry in fresh ways, learn how to examine congregational life and plan specific ministry projects that are workable and relevant, and discover simple ways of measuring effectiveness in ministry. This course can help you renew your zeal and passion and provide you with new tools and insights to carry out your ministry.

 Problem of Pain (DN 983)

            Class dates: Jan. 23-27

            Taught by Dr. R.J. Gore

In How Long, O Lord, D. A. Carson writes: “We do not give the subject of evil and suffering the thought it deserves until we ourselves are confronted with tragedy.” This course recognizes the universality of suffering and addresses the intellectual and pastoral problems it creates. If God is all-powerful and all-loving, where did sin come from, why does it exist, and why do “good people” suffer? Students explore these questions from Biblical, theological, and pastoral perspectives. The course concludes by looking at Jesus’ sufferings and the Cross as God’s response to the problem of pain.

For more information or registration, please contact Robin Broome, Enrollment Coordinator, at 864-379-6571 or

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Rev. Charles Mitchell Arrangements

Arrangements have been set for the service for Rev. Charles L. Mitchell. The service will be on Saturday at 1:00 p.m at the Ebenezer ARP Church in Rock Hill, SC. Visitation will follow the service.

If you wish to contact the family, the address is Mrs. Mary Alice Mitchell, 1330 India Hook Road, Apt. 409 Rock Hill, SC  29732.




In Christ,

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Rev. Charles Mitchell

screen-shot-2016-12-07-at-10-44-38-amCharles Lummus Mitchell entered the presence of the Lord this morning, December 7, around 3:00 am. He was 94 years old, having just celebrated his birthday last Friday, Dec 2. Arrangements are yet to be announced.

Rev. Mitchell began his career as a supply pastor in 1949 at Iva ARP Church and Generostee ARP Church. He was the pastor of Old Providence, VA, Fayetteville, TN, Crowders Creek, NC, and Covenant, NC where he retired in 1988. During his retirement, he was the minister of visitation at Ebenezer in Rock Hill, SC. He attended 68 consecutive General Synod meetings.

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ARP Center Open House

img_0980You are cordially invited to an Open House in celebration of our new location on Thursday, December 15, 2016.

Drop in from 10 am until Noon.

918 S. Pleasantburg Drive
Greenville, SC  29607

Please visit with us, enjoy some refreshments and see the new home of the ARP Center.

Please share this with your congregations.  If you have any questions, contact Cindy Scott ( or Susan Tanner (

Note:  For those who live a distance away from Greenville, SC, we plan to post a virtual tour on our website ( very soon.

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November/December 2016 ARP Magazine

screen-shot-2016-10-27-at-3-53-54-pmClick on the magazine cover on the left to read the November/December edition of The ARP Magazine. Start reading the December Prayer Calendar today! Be sure to read the Teen page Christmas poem on page 9 along with the Christmas article from Rev. Jeff Morrison on page 13.

I hope you will enjoy this issue. If you would like to receive a complimentary print copy, subscribe, or submit an article please contact me,

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Rev. Zeb Williams Jr. 

screen-shot-2016-11-16-at-10-59-51-amThe Rev. Zeb Carson Williams Jr. of Lexington died peacefully at the Roanoke Memorial Hospital Palliative Care Clinic on Monday, Nov. 14, 2016, at the age of 85.

Reverend Williams is survived by his daughters Allison Williams of Lexington, and Dr. Elisa Williams and companion Mark Volmer of Cayce, S.C.; son Col. Zeb C. Williams III (U.S. Army, Ret.) and wife Dianna of Columbia, S.C.; brother Dean Williams and wife Lori of Boone, N.C.; grandchildren Dr. Allison Williams of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Zeb Carson Williams IV of Cullowhee, N.C., Jeffrey M. Williams of Charleston, S.C., Julia L. Williams of Columbia, S.C., Alex Parham and Cameron Parham of Knoxville, Tenn.; dearest friend and caregiver Lisa Lewis of Vesuvius; and companion Roberta Smith of Lexington.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Zeb C. Williams Sr. and Euna Dean Allison Williams; wife, Sylvia Bates Williams; and wife Martha Bookout Williams.

Reverend Williams was born on April 21, 1931, in Asheville, N.C., and he was a proud alumnus of both Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C., and the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga.

During his 55-year career as an ordained minister, Reverend Williams served numerous Associate Reformed Presbyterian (ARP) churches in six states, including both Lauderdale A.R. Presbyterian Church and Ebenezer A.R. Presbyterian Church in Lexington. Reverend Williams also served as the editor of ARP Magazine in Greenville, S.C., from 1975 to 1980.

Zeb was a devoted father, brother, grandfather and friend, as well an accomplished writer, photographer, and musician who deeply loved the Lexington area and serving the people there.

A memorial service is scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at Ebenezer A.R. Presbyterian Church, 788 Ebenezer Circle, Lexington, VA 24450 conducted by the Reverends Ben Dowling, Robert Gordon and Bill Harris. . Prior to the service, the family will receive friends at the church from 2 to 3 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ebenezer A.R. Presbyterian Church.

The family especially would like to thank the medical and nursing staff at the Roanoke Memorial Hospital Palliative Care Clinic for their tireless and loving care.

Arrangements are by Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory

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Rev. Zeb Williams

Rev. Zeb Carson Williams, Jr. passed away this morning, November 14, at Roanoke Memorial Hospital in Roanoke, VA where he had been a patient for several weeks.  Zeb served as  pastor of several ARP Churches and was then called to be the editor of the ARP Magazine. His last work was pastor of the Lauderdale ARP Church in Lexington, VA from which he retired and he later served as supply pastor of the Ebenezer ARP Church near Lexington.  Additional information will be announced when available.