Thursday, March 6, 2014

GPTS Student to Speak at Prison Ministry Event

Mae and Lowell Ivey
GPTS student Lowell Ivey will speak in Indiana March 20 about his experiences and conversion in while he was in solitary confinement at a Texas prision. Mr. Ivey will speak at a fund-raising dinner for Divine Hope Reformed Bible Seminary, a prison educational ministry. The dinner will be held at Community United Reformed Church in Schererville, Ind.

Mr. Ivey is a third-year student at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in South Carolina and a licentiate in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. He was converted in a solitary confinement cell at the Estelle High-Security Unit in Huntsville, Texas.

As a member of a white supremacist prison gang, he was not looking for Christ. But one night, while scanning the radio dial, he heard a program called "Here Comes the Light." That night the light of the Gospel pierced his sin-stained heart. Through faith in Christ and repentance, he was made a new creation.

Though he had never heard of the Reformed faith, he knew that it was only by the grace of God that his heart had been changed. Over a period of nine years, he studied the Scriptures and spent his time reading sound literature and sharing his faith with other prisoners.

During this time, Mr. Ivey also began corresponding with Rev. Nathan Brummel, who became a mentor and a close friend. After Mr. Ivey's release in 2009, Rev. Brummel encouraged him to begin a course of seminary study. He hopes to graduate from seminary in May 2015. Mr. Ivey and his wife Mae, a talented artist and native of Brazil, have an infant daughter, Geneva.

(Source: Bound Yet Free, Feb. 2014 newsletter of Divine Hope Reformed Bible Seminary)