Thursday, August 7, 2014

Staff Comings and Goings

Last month's edition of the GPTS Online e-newsletter featured an article welcoming two new staffers, Office Manager/Bookkeeper Doug Watson and Administrative Assistant Sue Holmes.

This month we welcome Vernon Shoaf, a student who volunteers in our media services department. Vernon replaces May graduate Jeff Downs, who served as media director for several years by pursuing his M.Div. studies at GPTS. Mr. Shoaf has a varied background in media production and will take over the task of managing class and lecture audio recordings for our distance learning system, among other electronic media tasks.

Mr. Shoaf is a second-year student who is married to Rebecca Shoaf. They have four children and currently live in Greenville, S.C. He received his B.A. and M.B.A. from East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C. and served with the U.S. Navy.

Downs Family
The seminary is very grateful for the professional and faithful work done by Mr. Downs, who studied here from 2007 until 2014. He is currently serving as an intern pastor at Covenant Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Orland Park, Ill. He and his wife Diane have three children.

"My desire is to see the people under my care well fed," Mr. Downs says concerning his calling to the ministry. "When people leave church, my prayer will be that they know God has spoken to them through His word, and with the knowledge of how God would have them to live."

New Office Manager/Bookkeeper Doug Watson replaces long-time GPTS bookkeeper Michael Brown. Mr. Brown served the seminary in that capacity for
Michael Brown
many years and has been a valuable asset in a critical role in seminary operations. He retired from the Air National Guard after 20 years of service. He was commander of the 531st Air Force Band with the Texas Air National Guard. His rank there has led his co-workers at the seminary to regularly and affectionately refer to him as "Major Brown."

A native of Texas, he is a proud son of the South and continues to show interest in the history of the Confederacy. He moved to Greenville, S.C. in 2006, and has been a certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor for 20 years, specializing in work with non-profit organizations. He will continue part-time on staff in a limited role as an assistant to the office manager.