Saturday, June 24, 2017

Alumni Notes

John Miller
Carlisle, Pennsylvania seems to be a magnet for Greenville Seminary alumni. John Miller has received a call to Grace Baptist Church in Carlisle. Grace's Pastor David Campbell was recently called to a church in Preston England. Rev. Miller comes to Carlisle from Clarksville, Tenn. He and his family are expected to relocate to Carlisle in July.

Alumnus Dechard Stevens accepted a call to Carlisle Reformed Presbyterian Church (PCA) some months ago. Also in Carlisle is alumnus Patrick Daly, who is serving as lead staff for Banner of Truth USA, a branch of a 52-year-old British-based Reformed publishing house. GPTS students and faculty frequently attend BOT conferences.

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Berti Kona
Graduate Albert "Berti" Kona has recently completed his translation of John Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion into Albanian. Mr. Kona is a missionary to the once atheist-communist country, which also now has a substantial Muslim population. 

Rev. Kona is a native Albanian who has returned to his homeland after attending Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary to plant the first Reformed church in that country—Reformed Church in Durres (Kisha Reformuar Durres). During the Cold War, Albania was dubbed “the most atheistic nation in the world.” 

Along with church planting, Rev. Kona is involved in several other translation works: John Murray’s Redemption Accomplished and Applied; Lorraine Boettner’s Doctrine of Atonement and The Reformed Faith; The Westminster Assembly's Directory of Worship; and now, for the first time, bringing to the Albanian language and people the primary textbook of the Reformed Faith, Calvin’s Institutes. This latter project was done with the gospel hope that the Lord of the Church will use this sharp tool in Albania. The Konas mission is a work of Woodruff Road Presbyterian Church in Simpsonville, S.C., where Rev. Kona is a staff pastor. Visit Mission to Albania on the web:

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William Castro

Alumnus William Castro served on the Ad Interim Study Committee on Women's issues for the Presbyterian Church in America, whose report was the subject of vigorous discussion at the PCA's June General Assembly meeting in Greensboro, N.C. 

Rev. Castro has recently written an article on the subject of inclusion of women and ethnic minorities in diaconate ministries. His article can be read at the Reformation 21 blog here

He is a church planter of Emmanuel Upstate PCA, in Greenville S.C., a multi-ethnic congregation of Mitchell Road Presbyterian Church and Calvary Presbytery. Rev. Castro has degrees from the University Seminary Evangelical of Lima (B.A., M.Div.) in Peru and from Greenville  Seminary (ThM).