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It’s Not Too Late for Camp This Summer!

music drama leaders 2014If you haven’t registered for the 2014 Bonclarken Music Conference, it still isn’t too late!  You may register onsite at Bonclarken THIS COMING SUNDAY at 3pm in the Jean White Room in Founders Hall!  There are still some spots available and you are welcome to come for this great week of worship and fellowship!  If you have questions, email Norma Jean Huffstetler at

If you would like for your child to come to a session of Camp Bonclarken, there are a few spots left in certain age groups.  Please see the sessions and spots available below and call the Bonclarken Office to secure your child’s spot at Camp Bonclarken 2014! 828-692-2223.

Camp Bonclarken Session One – July 20 – 25, 2014music drama girls
We have room for 5 4th or 5th grade boys.
We have room for 6 4th or 5th grade girls.

music drama boysCamp Bonclarken Session Two – July 28 – August 1, 2014
We have room for 1 2nd grade boy.
We have room for 1 2nd or 3rd grade girls
We have room for 5 4th or 5th grade girls
We have room for 4 6th grade girls
We have room for 12 7th or 8th girls

Red Trinity Hymnals Needed

Travelers ARP Church, Travelers Rest, SC, is looking for the red Trinity Hymnals in good condition. If your church has any to give away, please contact Rev. Billy Barron, or 864-420-8112.

RPCNA 2014RPCNA & ARP Synod to Meet in 2015

The Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America (RPCNA) Synod voted overwhelmingly to accept the invitation of the ARP for the concurrent meeting at Bonclarken. The “negatives” that were expressed prior to the vote centered on the cost being (potentially) double our normal travel expense; otherwise the arguments were in favor of the proposal. This is a concurrent Synod which means we will meet jointly for worship, meals, prayer and a series of seminars presented by the parallel missions of our two churches. The actual meetings will be held separately.

RPCNA Interchurch report is copied below.

Concurrent Synod with the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church (ARP) in 2015 

The most significant aspect of the work of the Interchurch Committee (IC) this year has been evaluating and preparing for the proposed concurrent Synod with the ARP in 2015 at their Bonclarken conference facility in Flat Rock, NC. The Business of Synod Committee and the IC have worked together along with the ARP IC and Bonclarken staff in order to evaluate and begin plans for this meeting. This has included the practical issues like travel and accommodations as well as maximizing the schedule so as to make use of the time together in a profitable way.

Recognizing this unique opportunity leads the IC to recommend that Synod approach the 2015 Synod with a focus on our relationship with the ARP. This would include modifying our normal business and schedule in order to accommodate the particular emphasis of church relations, similar to the pattern of Synod 2010 with its particular emphasis on the Seminary. The draft schedule includes times for joint worship, meals, and prayer, along with a series of seminars presented by the parallel missions of our two churches.

The IC proposes that these seminars be headed up by the Home Missions, Foreign Missions, Education/Seminaries, and Publications Committees of each church involving joint presentations and interaction. Delegates would have opportunity to learn of and learn from each denomination and their labors. And finally, given the hospitable nature of the ARP we anticipate the blessing of fruitful interaction that occurs during the “unplanned” portions of the schedule. Please be praying for this and taking the time to get to know our ARP brothers.

To be clear, this is not a proposal to join together blindly. Rather it is a serious call to pray for and draw close to this sister church who holds dear many of the same aspects of the reformed faith.

Discussion of greater communication and fellowship between the ARP and RPCNA began with our inter church committees in 2004. Let’s be in prayer as planning begins for Synod 2015.

Women’s Ministries Celebrates 100 Years!

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The 100th Women’s Ministries Annual Conference (formerly the Synodical Annual Meeting) will be held at Bonclarken on July 27-28. As always, this meeting is held the day before the Family Bible Conference begins.

We encourage all women at ARP churches to attend this event. Plans include a worship service led by Dr. Derek Thomas, and Ellie Lofaro as the main speaker. The full schedule and a brochure to download can be found Please contact Bonclarken at 828-692-2223 for housing arrangements.

Plan to stay on for Family Bible Conference. The speakers for FBC will be Jim Klukow and Richard Phillips.

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Quest 2014


335 ARP middle school students and leaders are at Bonclarken Conference Center this week for the Quest Conference. 28 churches are represented at this CEM event. The students have had a fun-filled week already with a carnival on Monday, a color run and pool party on Tuesday. Today they had free time with their church family for the afternoon. There is still a full schedule for the rest of the week including dodgeball and a sludge war.

Rev. Stephen Laughridge is the pastor for the week bringing a time of worship in the morning and evening. He is the pastor of Wellspring Presbyterian Church in Daleville, VA. He is married to Pressly Ann, and they have 5 children.


The Brandon Auten Band is back for another full week. Brandon is on staff at Crossings Community Church in Columbia, SC. He leads worship and the young couples ministry.

Please be in prayer for all of the students, leaders and staff as they are filled with the Holy Spirit.

10417482_600305072501_7157601723310626316_nPictures from the Horizon and Quest Conference can be found

You can also find pictures from leaders on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram #arpmagazine.






Women’s Ministries 100th Celebration

Screen Shot 2014-06-25 at 3.13.19 PMMake plans now to join Women’s Ministries for the Life is Great! Conference July 27th-28th at Bonclarken Conference Center. Ellie Lofaro will be speaking and Babbie Mason will lead worship. This is one celebration you don’t want to miss. Visit to learn more and register.

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ONA Announces New Director

Mike JonesThe Board of Directors of Outreach North America is pleased to announce that God’s wisdom and providence has led them to invite Mike Jones to become the next Executive Director.

Rev. Mike and Gina Jones are no strangers to the ARP. In fact, Mike is a fifth generation ARP! Mike’s dad, Dr. Doug Jones, is a retired teaching elder and both of Mike’s grandfathers were ARP ruling elders. Mike received his M.Div. from Erskine Theological Seminary in 1991, was ordained by the Catawba Presbytery, and has served as a Campus Chaplain at the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga, and the Pastor of Worship and Arts at Hope Presbyterian in Memphis, TN. His most recent calling was the planting and Senior Pastor of Hope Church, ARP in Tampa, FL.

Hope Church in Tampa has enjoyed phenomenal influence in the Tampa bay area. There are literally hundreds of new souls in the Kingdom as a result of God’s blessing and Mike and Gina’s tireless work. We are excited for them to bring their experience, calling, passion, and love for the church and for the lost to the ONA Executive Director position.

They have three wonderful kids, Roman, 15, Christian, 14 and Anna, 8.

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Senior High Horizon Conference

unnamed-2318 ARP high school students and leaders, representing 27 ARP Churches, are at Bonclarken Conference Center this week for the Horizon Conference.

Horizon is a week-long senior high conference that offers great opportunity for spiritual growth and development, unnamedfellowship, and teaching on pertinent information from God’s Word. The goal of this conference is to send young people out into their world, spiritually nurtured, fed, and equipped to live out their faith and share it with those around them.

Paul Boyd is the speaker for the week. He joined the Spanish River Church Planting in May 2013. He is currently the lead pastor at Redeemer Church in Murfreesboro, TN. Paul has a passion for spreading the Gospel and teaching people about their true identity in Christ.

photo-20The Brandon Auten Band is leading worship during Horizon and Quest. Brandon is on staff at Crossings Community Church in Columbia, SC. He leads worship and the young couples ministry.

How exciting to see the good that God is doing in our denomination. Pray for the staff, leaders and youth this week. God can work wonders through this conference in a powerful way.

You can see more pictures on Facebook, twitter and instagram #arpmagazine.


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Rev. Jamie Hunt voted Moderator-elect

photo-18Rev. Boyce Wilson nominated Rev. Jamie Hunt for Moderator-elect. “We met 49 years ago when we roomed as freshmen at Erskine College in 1965,” Wilson said. Hunt grew up in the Young Memorial ARP Church and has deep roots in Due West, SC. Wilson says that Hunt has “a heart for the local church, for local outreach and for the nations.” He will retire after 33 years as pastor from Coddle Creek ARP Church, Mooresville, NC, in three weeks. “I will sleep well knowing he is moderator even though Jamie Hunt might not sleep well,” Wilson said laughing.

Rev. Stephen Myers, Pressly Memorial ARP Church, Statesville, NC, gave a second to the nomination. “Hunt is a man well equipped by God. He is a faithful pastor who loves the church. He knows the ARP church and where she needs to go. He will lead us forward,” Myers said.

Rev. Jamie Hunt gladly accepted the position. He says, “I will give it all I have got. I believe the future of the church is as bright as the promise of God.”

“I have chosen a man who can supplement my challenges,” Hunt said about Steve Kern, Devenger Road ARP Church, Greenville, SC, vice-moderator elect.

The meeting of Synod ended by 5pm Wednesday. Read more about the 210th meeting in the July issue of the ARP Magazine.

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Highlights from Wednesday morning Synod Session 2014

photo 2Worship was led by Rev. Philip Bunch from First ARP Rock Hill, SC. “We should pray fervently and frequently that the Lord shall return. We get caught up praying for sickness, Bunch said. “We need to die to ourself so that Christ might reign as Lord.” 1 Corinthians 15:58 “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”

Business continued with reports from Special Committees. A motion was passed to give churches, presbyteries, etc. until December 2014 to have all written policies in line with the new form of government without penalty.

There was discussion about a Complaint from Catawba Presbytery. After much discussion, the complaint has been sustained Synod has voted to endorse the RPCNA booklet on The Gospel and Sexual Orientation.  Rev. Paul Patrick,  Campus Minister at Erskine College, showed a video of the work with RUF and the Barn Ministry.

Alex Pettett, World Witness Executive Director, had a chance to speak to the floor of Synod about his vision for World Witness and his excitement of the opportunity. “I have a lot to learn but we are here to serve. We ask for your prayers,” Pettett said.

Rev. Morrie Lawing spoke to Synod on behalf of the Board of Trustees of Erskine College. “I challenge you to consider giving to your school,” Lawing said. “We are not out of the woods. We long for our school to be committed Christian liberal arts school. We need your support.”

Norman Harper Price, Providence ARP, NC, closed with prayer.

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centennialchurchFire at Centennial ARP Church, Columbia, SC

 — The Columbia Fire Department responded to a fire at a downtown church late Tuesday morning.

Crews received the call Centennial Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church at 1431 Laurel Street around 11:32 a.m. Tuesday, according to Assistant Chief James Helms, a Columbia Fire Department spokesman.

“The initial call came into the Fire Department as a fire alarm activation,” Helms said. “The first arriving unit reported smoke and an active fire in the basement fellowship hall.”

Helms said fire crews quickly extinguished the fire and initiated the smoke removal process, and the fire was under control by 12:13 p.m.

“All church personnel had safely evacuated the building prior to the arrival of fire crews, and no injuries were reported,” Helms said.

Helms said there were 38 firefighters and five additional Richland County EMS on the scene.

Damage estimates are $250,000, and the cause was due to an overheated fluorescent light ballast, according to Helms.