Missions to North America
Calvary Home for Children
At any given time, there are approximately 1400 children in the Upstates foster care system, 6,000 throughout South Carolina, and 500,000 nationally. There is always a critical shortage of places for these children to live. Thats why the success of Calvary Home for Children in Anderson, South Carolina is so vital to our community and to the children who need a home. Calvary Home has three cottages, with house parents, on campus capable of providing a home for a total of thirty-six children. Caring for children in need is a 24-hour, 7-day a week operation that requires a steady stream of funds. Since Calvary Home for Children is privately funded, it relies on individuals, churches, businesses, corporations, and service organizations to partner with them as they serve children. The cost to feed, clothe and care for each child at Calvary Home is approximately $10,000 per year. Some goals are to move forward in their vision for an administration building (counseling center, adoptions agency, and staff offices), funding and building five more cottages on the Simpson Road Campus and expanding the ministry to include multiple cottages on the Norris Hill Campus. Can they count on you to get involved in the exciting work that God is doing there?
Address: 110 Calvary Home Circle Anderson, SC 29621
Piedmont Women’s Center – Leena Fox-Smith, Director
Piedmont Women's Center is a trusted provider of reproductive health care serving the Upstate of South Carolina and the surrounding areas. Their involvement with the professional community partners enables Piedmont Women's center to provide free laboratory quality pregnancy testing, free pregnancy consulting, and free limited OB ultrasounds at four locations in the Upstate region. Their caring, professional personnel are committed to understanding and meeting individual health needs. In addition to pregnancy testing, they offer Christian counseling and abortion recovery. Piedmont Women’s Center stays open to women, and men, because of people who volunteer. Volunteers are needed in the following areas:
- Client advocacy
- Data entry and administrative support
- Maintenance (landscaping, lawn, cleaning, plumbing, etc.)
- Abortion Recovery Assistance Bible Study leadership
- Hope line (24-hour phone service)
If you are considering donating your time to the clients of Piedmont Women’s Center, please contact them.
Web Page: www.piedmontwomenscenter.org
Address: PO Box 26866, Greenville, SC 29616
Calvary Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church of America
Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary – Taylors, South Carolina - Dr. Joey Pipa, President
Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary (GPTS) is committed to training powerful, articulate proclaimers of the Good News of Salvation revealed in Gods Word as understood through the historic reformed faith. GPTS highly values the commitment to share the timeless truths of the Holy Scriptures and the doctrines of faith and life which the Protestant Reformation rediscovered and systematized from Gods Word. The landscape of theological education across America and all of Christendom is broad and highly varied. Sadly, the vast majority of seminaries have lost sight of the foundational truths revealed in Gods Holy Word and, in the face of Scriptures clear warning, have followed after false doctrine, abandoning the faith once for all delivered to the saints. Some who give lip service to orthodoxy proudly embrace the most despicable heresies. Many, in the spirt of the age, have lost sight of the importance of common doctrine and opt for cutting-edge theological innovation or a sentimental, content-less religion. By contrast Greenville Seminary numbers itself among a tiny handful of conservative theological institutions absolutely committed to the inerrant Word of God and the distinctive tenets of Christian truth derived from it distinctives so eloquently set forth in the confessional standards of the historic Reformed Faith.
Web Page: www.gpts.edu
Address: 418 E Main St. Taylors, SC 29687
Twin Lakes Fellowship - Jackson/Florence, Mississippi
The Twin Lakes Fellowship is a ministerial fraternal devoted to the encouragement of Gospel ministry and ministers, and to the promotion of healthy biblical church planting. The Twin Lakes Fellowship is a ministry of the Session of the historic First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, MS (in conjunction with several other PCA sessions and ministers in Mississippi, Georgia, Tennessee, and South Carolina). This fellowship is designed to pursue a twofold purpose: 1) To encourage ministers and churches to promote the work of church planting through their local congregations; and 2) to encourage ministers in their personal growth in grace, so as to maximize their effectiveness in promoting the work of the Gospel.
Redeemer PCA - Sylva, NC - Phillip & Lori Sealy
Church planting pastor Phillip Sealy is planting a PCA church in Sylva, North Carolina. Sylva is one hour west of Asheville in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina. It is a town of approximately 2,500 people within a broader demographic area of a little over 10,000 people. Within seven miles you will find the town of Cullowhee, the home of Western Carolina University with a student population of nearly 10,000. Five families in Sylva believed there was a need for a reformed and Presbyterian Church in the area; thus, they petitioned Western Carolina Presbytery. In August of 2011, the presbytery called Rev. Phillip Sealy to plant a church called Redeemer PCA to reach the people with the gospel and to confront the prevailing world-views in that community. Phillip is originally from Alabama and is a huge Crimson Tide fan. He has been married to Lori for 18 years and together they have two children, Joshua (11) and Elizabeth (8). The Sealys enjoy hiking, camping, reading, and music. Phillip also enjoys watching Alabama play anything.
583 Ashville Hwy.
Sylva, NC 28779
Christ Church PCA - Charleston, SC - Jon & Marla Payne
After serving Grace Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Douglasville, Ga., for almost ten years, Jon D. Payne moved to Charleston, S.C., to plant Christ Presbyterian Church (PCA). In Charleston County alone there are over 350,000 people, including thousands of undergraduate and graduate students at the College of Charleston, Medical University of South Carolina, The Citadel, and Charleston Law School to be reached for the cause of Christ. Christ Presbyterian's approach to church planting will focus not upon gimmicks, strategies and programs, but upon a winsome and warmhearted proclamation of Christ through Word and sacrament, and an utter dependence upon God in prayer. Rev. Payne is married to Marla and he has two children Mary Hannah (10) and Hans (8). He is a graduate of Clemson University (B.A. '93), Reformed Theological Seminary (M.A.T.S '98 /D.Min '04), and the University of Edinburgh (Scotland), New College (M.Th. '02). He is a visiting lecturer in practical theology at Reformed Theological Seminary (Atlanta), series editor of and contributor to the new Lectio Continua Expository Commentary on the New Testament (Tolle Lege, 2012), and author/editor of several books including John Owen and the Lords Supper (Banner of Truth, 2004), In the Splendor of Holiness: Rediscovering the Beauty of Reformed Worship for the 21st Century (Tolle Lege, 2008; translated into Spanish, Burmese, and Chinese), and A Faith Worth Teaching: The Heidelberg Catechism's Enduring Heritage (Reformation Heritage Books, 2013). Rev. Payne also frequently contributes to Modern Reformation magazine.
Christ the King PCA - Port St. Lucie, FL - J.C. & Alohalani Cunningham
Pastor J.C. Cunningham was born in Port Huron, Michigan, but spent most of his life in Florida. He graduated from Wellington High School in 1999, and then entered into the United States Navy. After being honorably discharged from the military, he attended and received his degree at Hawaii Pacific University in 2006. Soon after graduating from college, he attended Knox Theological Seminary in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and graduated in 2010 with a Master of Divinity degree. During seminary, J.C. worked at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church as the Coordinator for the Jail/Prison ministry and taught Evangelism Explosion courses. For three years, J.C. served as an intern at Grace Presbyterian Church in Stuart, FL under Pastor Bernie van Eyk. On June 1, 2013, J.C. was ordained to the ministry of Word and Sacrament. Pastor J.C. is blessed to be the husband of his dear wife, Alohalani, and the father of four wonderful children: Abigail, Luke, Christian, and Grace. Currently Pastor Cunningham is planting Christ the King PCA church in Port St. Lucie, FL (Gulf Stream Presbytery). This church plant started in the fall of 2012 and presently has 30 people attending. He holds to the regulative principle of worship, is devoted to a simple means of grace ministry, and has a high view of the Lords Day.
551 SW Bethany Dr.
Port St Lucie, FL 34986
First Asian Indian PCA - Fairfax, VA - Jegar Chinnavan & Jemima Jegar
Rev. Jegar Chinnavan, a Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary (GPTS) 2011 graduate, was ordained on August 24, 2014 as an Assistant Pastor of Woodruff Road Presbyterian Church. Soon after his ordination he, his wife Jemima, and 13 year old daughter Sheena, moved to Fairfax, Virginia where he began the planting of the First Asian Indian Presbyterian Church (PCA). Since then he has transferred to the Potomac Presbytery and has the oversight of Spriggs Road Presbyterian Church (PCA). Rev. Chinnavan, and his wife Jemima Jegar, the daughter of a Presbyterian minister and licensed educator, want to bring the Gospel of Christ to the many Asian Indians in the area. When Jegar presented his vision at a GPTS luncheon, he said, "Looking back I see how God shaped my life to be more directly involved in building His kingdom. Although a native of India and raised in Singapore, I was converted out of Hinduism, the acceptable religion of my native country." He further said, "Since coming to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ my want to serve Him in a meaningful way prompted my desire to be prepared for whatever calling I might receive." Jegar also completed a Th.M. degree from Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Child Evangelism Fellowship
Good News Club at Oakview Elementary
Child Evangelism Fellowship also known as CEF is a Bible‐centered, worldwide organization that is dedicated to seeing every child reached with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, discipled and established in a local church. The volunteers at WRPC have the wonderful privilege of reaching out to the children at Oakview Elementary School with the Good News Club.
Reformed Uniform Ministry - Military
Ross & Emily Fearing
Chaplains provide spiritual help to soldiers in war and in peace. Some have given their lives in service to God and country. Our reformed chaplains still serve in an exemplary manner. And yet change has come and the changes are not beneficial for the military community. Liberalism, political correctness, and pluralism are the order of the day. Islam is growing in our Armed Forces. Paganism as seen in the Wiccan population is on the rise. Mormons are now considered General Protestant. Homosexual unions are now acceptable. Female soldiers are now being charged to take an even greater role with combat units. There is a demand for tolerance within the Chaplain Corps; however, intolerance is directed more and more toward evangelicals. In order to combat the spiritual decline of our nations military forces Ministry to the Military International (MIM) has set forth a blueprint to reclaim the hearts and minds of those who serve our nation. With Gods help nothing is impossible! Ross Fearing, and his wife Emily, are serving the Lord in San Antonio, Texas with an arm of MIM known as Reformed Uniform Ministry (RUM). RUM, seeks to establish evangelism and discipleship ministries on all major bases worldwide. RUM will also target our service academies, large ROTC programs, military colleges, and professional development schools for this type ministry. RUM will also help those it reaches for Christ and are growing in the Christian faith to assimilate into local reformed churches.
Reformed University Ministries – South Carolina
Anderson University - John & Cheryl Boyte
John Boyte has a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Clemson University (1987) and has completed some graduate course work in Recreation Administration. John has worked with youth at Peoples Bible Church in Greenville, SC (1988-1992) and at the Evangelical Church of Bangkok in Bangkok, Thailand (1992-1993). He has also worked with the youth at New Covenant before joining the staff in 1996. He finished the M.DIV. at Erskine Seminary and is ordained as a Teaching Elder in the PCA Church. He married his wife, Cheryl in 1987. They have three children, J.J., Casey, and Caleb. John served as Associate Pastor of New Covenant Church for twelve years and has been the Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) Campus Minister at Anderson University for several years where since January 2008 he has served full time.
Belhaven University - Seth & Laura Lee Starkey
Seth Starkey was born and raised in Greenville, SC. He graduated from Newberry College in May of 2007 and immediately began his studies at Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS) in Charlotte, NC. During seminary he became the ministerial intern at Second Presbyterian Church in Greenville, SC and continued in that role until his graduation from RTS in 2010. Following graduation, he was ordained as the Assistant Minister at Second Presbyterian. Seth is married to Laura Lee. She grew up in Knoxville and graduated from UT Knoxville in 2005. They have two sons, Sam and Charlie. The Starkeys are thankful for the great privilege of impacting the lives of college students through the ministry of RUF.
Clemson University - Stephen & Rebekah Speaks
Stephen Speaks was born in Camden, SC. After graduating from Clemson University in 1993, Stephen started coursework at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO. After his first year there, Stephen and his wife, Rebekah, accepted a short-term staff position with Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) at the University of Southern Mississippi and returned to Covenant Seminary in 1996. Stephen graduat ed with a Masters of Divinity in 1998, and is in his 16th year with RUF at Clemson. Stephen and Rebekah have three children, Kathryn, Connor, and Paul. The start of the 2013 fall semester marked the 29th year of RUF at Clemson University. RUF seeks to minister to Clemson students by giving a heart-felt witness to the person and work of Jesus Christ. Our purpose is to cultivate mature relationships among students that manifest themselves in a love for others, a heart for service, and a deep intimacy with the Living God.
Furman University - David & MaryBeth Ely
David Ely is a native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama but graduated from Auburn University where he met his wife, Mary Beth. They were married in 2006 and worked together at the Navigator Headquarters in Colorado Springs before going on staff themselves. After serving in college ministry at the University of South Carolina for two years (and where Mary Beth received her Master’s degr ee in College Student Affairs), David attended Covenant Theological Seminary where he received his Master of Divinity. Upon graduation, he had the opportunity to serve for two years as an assistant pastor in Georgia. David is now the RUF Campus Minister at Furman University. David and Mary Beth have three wonderful little girls that keep their days full and fun.
Winthrop University - Mark & Katherine Ashbough
Mark Ashbaugh serves as RUF campus minister at Winthrop University and is pleased to call Rock Hill, SC home. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, his adult years have been spent steadily moving south. The first stop was Virginia Tech, where he devoted time to studying Communications, leading Young Life, and cheering on the Hokies. After graduation, Mark resided two years in Asia with Young Life International, teaching English and sharing the Gospel. Mark soon moved to Charlotte where he received a Masters of Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary in May 2013. Mark accepted a call as Assistant Pastor at Bethel Church in Clover, SC and was ordained in November 2013.Mark met his wife, Katherine, in college. Katherine has also been working her way south, growing up in Harrisburg, PA. She served as an MTW intern in Dublin, Ireland and holds a Masters in Biblical Studies from RTS Charlotte. The Ashbaugh's have two children, Julia and John, and are expecting a third around October 20th.