Thursday, December 6, 2012


Rev. Thomas Barnes

The Greenville Seminary community commemorates the life and service of Rev. Thomas Barnes of Robertsdale, Ala., a charter member of the GPTS Board of Trustees. Rev. Barnes passed away at the age of 77 on Nov. 29, 2012, surrounded by his family.

Rev. Barnes was one of the original organizers of Greenville Seminary and served for several years as vice president of the board.

Born in Bells, Tenn., he was a man who loved the Lord, his wife and family. Rev. Barnes served in Presbyterian Church in America congregations in Itta Bena and Morgan City, Miss., Opelika, Ala., Greenville, S.C. and Robertsdale and Loxley, Ala. He touched the lives of everyone he met, from the pulpit and in schools and hospitals where he ministered.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mary Barnes, who is suffering from illness at this time. Please remember Mary in your prayers as mourns Tom's passing and deals with her own illness. Tom is also survived by two sons, Thomas of St. Simons Island, Ga., and Robert of Pensacola, Fla.; a daughter, Claire Barnes Ahern of Olive Branch, Miss.; and his eight grandchildren, Gary, Josh, Bryce, Trey and Will Barnes, and Jon Thomas, Helen Claire and Mary Morgan Ahern.

Funeral services were held Monday, Dec. 2 at the McIlwain Presbyterian Church in Pensacola, Fla. Graveside services were held on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at Belleview Cemetery in Bells, Tenn.

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Marti Gibble

Long-time supporter Marti (Martha J.) Gibble, 62, of Ephrata, Pa., passed away at home on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 after a long struggle with cancer. She was married to her husband, Alan Gibble, for 35 years.

Marti came to faith in Christ in her college years. Her greatest desire was that others, like herself, would come to realize that they had nothing good or meritorious in themselves to be worthy of heaven and that they, like herself, deserved God's eternal condemnation. She desired that all would know that God has secured a way of  ­forgiveness for sins and ­reconciliation with Him through the person and work of his Son, Jesus Christ.

Her husband Alan tells the seminary, "I would simply add three things: One, she really was an faithful evangelist in her own sphere where the Lord put her. If someone was around Marti long enough or often enough, they eventually heard the gospel. Two, she was a faithful and devoted Christian wife to me, a model of the ideal wife in Proverbs. Three, she was ill a long time and the end was not pleasant, but she bore it well by God's grace and accepted what he in his providence laid out for her."

"A couple of things that endeared GPTS to us, in addition to its commitment to the Reformed faith, is the affordable tuition for your students and the seminary's viewpoint on Creation," said Mr. Gibble. "The latter issue I found most troubling at other Reformed seminaries."

The Gibbles have listed Greenville Seminary as one of several beneficiaries for any memorial gifts which friends and family may wish to give in Marti's honor. Gifts may be sent to: GPTS, PO Box 690, Taylors SC 29687. You can also donate online by going here.

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Dr. Robert Cameron

Another friend of Greenville Seminary, Pastor Emeritus Robert Cameron passed from death to life on Thursday, December 6, 2012 following a struggle with colon cancer. Dr. Cameron founded and pastored Mt. Carmel Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Somerset, N.J., for 31 years.

Author of Last Pew on the Left: America's Lost Potential, Dr. Cameron was known to be critical of Dr. Martin Luther King's view of the Christian Gospel, characterizing it as a "gospel of social equality" rather than pure biblical gospel. He led his church out of the Presbyterian Church of America into the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, largely over what he said was a reluctance on the part of the PCA to take a firm stand on a historical biblical position on a literal, six-day Creation.

In this book Dr. Cameron took the bold and politically incorrect stance to urge both black and white Christians to repent of the evils of racism, which he sees as a "sin problem," not a "skin problem," that pollutes the hearts of people of all races, ethnicities and socio-economic statuses.