Wednesday, July 9, 2014

GPTS Welcomes Two New Staffers

Greenville Seminary welcomes two new staff members, Susan Holmes as administrative assistant to the president and Douglas A. Watson as bookkeeper and office/property manager.

Mrs. Holmes will be replacing Emily Fearing, who is leaving with her 2014 graduate husband Ross Fearing to begin a new ministry to the military in San Antonio, Tex. Emily has been serving as administrative assistant since the resignation earlier this year of Gail Anderson.

Rev. Watson will be replacing Michael Brown in the GPTS business office. Mr. Brown will continue on a limited basis at the reception desk.

Rev. Watson, who recently retired to the Greenville area, was ordained in 1978. He pastored three churches in Delaware and New Jersey before coming to Trinity Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Hatboro, Penn. in 2000. In 2005, Doug was installed in the position of teacher at Trinity. Doug has been working for the Orthodox Presbyterian denomination as staff accountant and office manager. Before graduating from Westminster Theological Seminary in 1976, Doug worked as a data processor in a bank, developing his accounting skills. He is married to Betty, and they have five children and 12 grandchildren. (Doug is not to be confused with GPTS alumnus and former board member Doug Watson, who pastors a church in Hawaii.)

Mrs. Holmes grew up in South Africa where, by God’s grace, she was saved at the age of seventeen. After completing her high-school years, she trained as a teacher. It was at this time that she met and married her husband, Jim. Having worked as an English and French teacher to high-school students for ten years, she joined her husband in running a discount mail-order book service, selling God-centered, reformed literature. In the late 1990s, she and her husband moved to Great Britain, where she worked as an editor and proof-reader for Christian publishers. In 2010, her husband’s work brought them to the United States where they now live. She, Jim, and their son, Matthew, regularly worship at Faith Free Presbyterian Church in Greenville. Her interests include reading and listening to classical music. She says she is looking forward to being involved in the work of the seminary and serving the Lord in this ministry.