Monday, August 8, 2016

GPTS Welcomes New Trustees and Staffers

Three new members have been added to the Greenville Seminary Board of Trustees and three veterans members have retired from the board. All of the new members come from churches that have been most generous in their support of Greenville Seminary. New members added during the board's May meeting are:

Dr. Lawrence (Del) Bailey
Dr. Bailey is a gastroenterologist with the medical firm HMG Gastroenterology in Kingsport, Tenn. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and held a fellowship at the University of Virginia Medical Center. He received his doctorate of medicine from the Medical College of Virginia, where he served his internship and residency.

He is a ruling elder at Westminster Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Kingsport, one of the leading supporting churches of Greenville Seminary. Dr. Bailey taught a course on medical ethics during the 2010 GPTS Summer Institute. He served for a time as an adjunct faculty member. He and his wife Debbie have spearheaded Westminster's Biblical Worldview Student Conference for many years.

Gary Flye
Mr. Flye is a vice president and data analyst for Wells Fargo Bank in Charlotte, N.C., where he also lives. He has received numerous awards for his performance at Wells Fargo, First Union/Wachovia Bank, and Software Management Consultants, Inc. He received a bachelor of science in metallurgical engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and a master's degree in computer and information science from the University of New Haven. He has served on the board of directors of the Carolinas Chapter of the Database Management Association.

He is ruling elder at Redeemer Presbyterian Church (OPC) in Charlotte. Recently widowed, he enjoys playing bluegrass music for nursing home residents at Aldersgate United Methodist Retirement Community.

C. Frederic Marcinak III
Mr. Marcinak is an attorney practicing in the Transportation Industry Group at the law firm of Smith Moore Leatherwood in Greenville. S.C. In this capacity, he represents transportation companies, including carriers and intermediaries, regionally and nationally, on commercial litigation matters. He received a B.A. in history from The Citadel Military College of South Carolina, LL.M. in international criminal law from the University of Sussex, and J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law.

He is a ruling elder and clerk of Session at Woodruff Road Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Simpsonville, S.C. A native of the Upstate region of South Carolina, Mr. Marcinak enjoys outdoor activities in the mountains of North and South Carolina. He and his wife and two children enjoy serving the community through their church and other local organizations.

Leaving the board are:

Dr. George W. Knight III
Dr. Knight, who lives with his wife Virginia in Lake Wylie, S.C., served from 2005 until 2013 as chairman of the board and continued on as a trustee and adjunct professor of New Testament until recently. He was granted emeritus status during the Board of Trustees meeting in May. He is a retired minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, also having served in churches of other Presbyterian denominations. He is author of numerous articles and books. 

Rev. Wesley Brice
Rev. Brice is a long-time pastor in the Reformed Church in the United States, serving most recently at Grace Reformed Church in Northwest Arkansas. He served on the GPTS board as a representative of the RCUS, one of the official sponsoring denominations of the seminary. A native of Kansas, he served in ministry in a variety of denominations and churches in California before coming to the Reformed Faith and eventually started the church in Northwest Arkansas.

Rev. Tim Miessler
Rev. Miessler is pastor of Calvary Church in Pueblo, Colo. He previously served as pastor of Grace Bible Church in the Cincinnati, Ohio area. He is a graduate of Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Calvary Chapel Bible College, and Valparaiso University. He served until recently as chairman of the GPTS Development Committee.

The seminary expresses its heart-felt thanks to these three board members who have served the seminary selflessly for many years. The GPTS faculty, staff, students and administration pray that God will continue to bless their every endeavor for years to come.

Staff Changes

A number of the seminary's staff positions are held part-time by students as part of the seminary's work-study program. Graduations usually mean changeovers in these positions. Graciously, the Lord continues to provide students with professional skills needed to fill these positions. Changes to staff positions include the following:

Martin Dendekker
Martin is a Canadian student who has been serving as media director and now moves into the position of resident information technology specialist, replacing graduate Bill Hill. Bill, now pastor of Landis Presbyterian Church in Marion, N.C., continues to serve the seminary as host of our podcast, Confessing our Hope.

Steve Richman
Steve is replacing Martin as media director. In this capacity, he oversees all media-related matters for the seminary, including recording of class lectures, chapel services, conference lectures and posting audio and video recordings on the seminary's SermonAudio and YouTube channels as well as the seminary web site. 

Garry Moes (UPDATE)
Mr. Moes will begin serving next year as Director of Communications. The newly created position will be part-time as a contract consultant on public relations and communications, based in California. With an office in California, Mr. Moes will be able to increase the seminary's presence on the West Coast. He is currently serving as director of development and recruiting, a post he has held since 2010. A search is currently underway for a replacement for the development position. 

As director of development and recruiting Mr. Moes has held the lead role in fund-raising, public relations, communications, student recruitment, and placements. He has served as editor of all of the seminary's print and electronic newsletters, a role he will continue i his new position. His current plan is to return to California, where he and his wife Karlinda lived for 23 years before coming to South Carolina to join the GPTS staff. All of the Moes's five children and 25 grandchildren live in the West. He is seeking new employment for 2017 and beyond. 

Mr. Moes has been a professional writer for 50 years, having served as a top-ranked political/investigative reporter and editor for The Associated Press for the first 21 years of his career; then as a journalism professor in Sweden and human rights investigator serving Christians in Eastern Europe during the Communist era. Thereafter he worked as a freelance journalist, editor and textbook author and briefly as editorial page editor and editorial writer at a newspaper in the Southwest. He and his wife served in Christian camping ministry for 12 years prior to coming to GPTS. He is currently a ruling elder at Fellowship Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Greer, S.C.

Leaving the Staff

William Hill
Bill is a 2016 graduate who served the past several years as our on-site information technology specialist, working with IT Director Bruce Vrieling (who lives in Canada). Bill is now pastor of Landis Presbyterian Church in Marion, N.C. He continues to serve the seminary as host of our podcast, Confessing our Hope.