How do you reach New York City? Where do you start? How about AM radio? Bill Shishko, the new Regional Home Missionary for the Presbytery of Connecticut and Southern New York, hosts a weekly radio show called “A Visit to the Pastor’s Study.” The live call-in show airs Saturdays at noon on 540 AM, and is available online at the station and program websites. Bill aims for the shows to be well produced and relevant. Pray that the Lord will provide adequate funding to continue to produce quality programs, and pray for increased listenership. Pray also that God will raise up a group for a church plant in the New York metro area in his time, and that new churches will be planted in the coming years.
On April 8, 2012, a small group gathered in a home in the south Tulsa area for their first worship service after the Presbytery of the Central U.S. approved their petition to be a daughter church of Westminster OPC in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. The new group, known as Providence OPC, was committed to establishing a solidly Reformed work in the Tulsa area. They desired simplicity and reverence in worship, purity of Reformed doctrine, and preaching that exalted the Lord Jesus Christ and provided instruction in how to live in obedience to him. They wanted to be a church committed to the ordinary means of grace by which Christ builds his kingdom. In July of that same year, the congregation issued a call to Mr. Jim Stevenson, a recent graduate
I was fresh out of seminary, sitting in one of my first meetings with the provisional session of an OPC mission work in northeastern Georgia. Like much of that Georgia summer in 2013, it was muggy and rainy. Lake Hartwell was rising, the fire ants were thriving, and questions were swirling in my mind. Will this little church plant take root? How will it grow? Can I possibly minister effectively to these people? What on earth am I doing here? As the meeting drew to an end, my dear brother, regional home missionary Lacy Andrews, prayed. He did not know then, and he may never know, unless he reads this article, that his prayer has proved to be an immeasurable source of encouragement for me since that time. He gave thanks to our God for the
Albert J. Tricarico, Jr. The Orthodox Presbyterian Church is always looking for faithful men to take up ministerial labors in Christ’s church. Students at Reformed seminaries are in search of places to serve. These two objectives intersect nicely in what we call the Readiness for Ministry Seminar. The two-day event takes place twice each year. This year the April seminars were held at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary (GPTS) in Greenville, South Carolina, and Westminster Seminary California (WSC) in Escondido. Four general secretaries (of Home Missions, Christian Education, and Foreign Missions) attended, along with guests who were invited to participate as observers. The seminar serves several purposes. It
Robert S. Arendale I can vividly remember the phone call from a friend and fellow pastor in which he asked me, “Would you have any interest in a church plant in Houston, Texas?” That call prompted a several-month period of prayer, conversation, interviews, and more prayer, more conversation, and more interviews. In the Lord’s good providence, six months later (in October 2012) we were packed in the moving van and on the road from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Houston, Texas, where I would begin my labors as an evangelist with Cornerstone OPC in the northwest part of the city. As I reflect back on the transition and God’s leading of us to a new ministry, there are four things that stand out: 1. A spirit of camaraderie among the