ARP News

Thomas Crump

Please be in prayer for 20 year old Thomas Crump, son of Rev. & Mrs. Joseph Crump. (Rev. Crump is the pastor of Effingham ARP in Florence, SC.) A firework did not work correctly yesterday exploding midair and Thomas took a direct hit on his right eye. He has trauma in the front and inside of the eye. He does not have use of the eye at present. He is going to be meeting with the ophthalmologist daily until they believe he is okay. “We are thankful that it is not worse and we are praying the eye will heal,” said Joseph Crump. Thomas is to be on bedrest for now.


July/August 2019 ARP Magazine

The July/August 2019 ARP Magazine is available. Click here to read it online.

Be sure to read the highlights from the Synod meeting. The Moderator’s Challenge for 2019/2020 is on page 4. An interview with Andrew Brunson is on page 14.

The print magazine will be later than normal due to Synod being a week later this year.

Contact our office if you would like to receive a complimentary print copy.

Mary Kate Brearley Glasser

Mrs. Mary Kate Brearley Glasser, member of the Arsenal Hill ARP Mission, went home to be with the Lord early morning, June 27.  Mary Kate was the widow of Rev. Dr. Cecil  Brearley, Jr.  who served as church planter and pastor of the Dutch Fork ARP Church, and served on several committees in Catawba Presbytery, including chairman of the church extension committee.

Mary Kate served as Vice President and President of Catawba Presbyterial, as well as serving as President of the Women of the Church at Dutch Fork ARP Church and Arsenal Hill ARP Church.

A visitation will be held at Dunbar Funeral Home, Dutch Fork Chapel, on Sunday, June 30, from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. A Service of Thanksgiving will be held at First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, SC, on Monday, July 1, at 11:00 a.m.

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.