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The Reformed Deacon is a monthly interview and discussion podcast created by the Orthodox Presbyterian Church Committee on Diaconal Ministries. The Reformed Deacon exists to strengthen and encourage the brotherhood of reformed deacons in their God-given role of serving the local church. We hope you'll find this podcast to be helpful to you as you serve the Lord in your church. For more information about the OPC Committee on Diaconal Ministries, go to our website: OPCCDM.org.

The Reformed Deacon a Podcast from the OPC Committee on Diaconal Ministries

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 12 Ratings

The Reformed Deacon is a monthly interview and discussion podcast created by the Orthodox Presbyterian Church Committee on Diaconal Ministries. The Reformed Deacon exists to strengthen and encourage the brotherhood of reformed deacons in their God-given role of serving the local church. We hope you'll find this podcast to be helpful to you as you serve the Lord in your church. For more information about the OPC Committee on Diaconal Ministries, go to our website: OPCCDM.org.

    Interview with OPC Missionary Deacon Mark Van Essendelft

    Interview with OPC Missionary Deacon Mark Van Essendelft

    In this episode, David Nakhla interviews OPC missionary deacon to Uganda, Mark Van Essendelft about his life, family and role in the Uganda Mission in Karamoja station. The OPC Uganda Mission in Karamoja labors in the areas of evangelism, church planting, leadership training, village Bible instruction, literature production, literacy training, medical care through the work of Akisyon a Yesu Presbyterian Clinic, community health instruction, and other works of mercy such as  the operation of a farm.

    Mark shares his experiences in the field, how he uses his gifts in a unique place like Uganda and how godly, diaconal principles apply in serving in the poorest district in Uganda. Mark talks about the "soap ministry" his wife, Carla uses to teach children Bible verses, his entrepreneur class, his encouragements and discouragements, and more about his ministry in this amazing, but challenging place.

    Referenced in this episode:
    Find out more about the Uganda mission on their website: www.opum.org.
    OPC Short-Term Missions: OPCSTM.org
    OPC Committee on Diaconal Ministries: OPCCDM.org

    • 33 min
    Special Episode: Practical Steps in Refugee Ministry

    Special Episode: Practical Steps in Refugee Ministry

    In this follow-up to episode #2, we get into more detail about refugee ministry. Host, David Nakhla, talks to a member of Calvary OPC, Glenside, Pennsylvania, Jessica Hulsey, about her experiences in working with her church in helping an Afghan family relocate to the United States. Jessie shares with us how her church began the process and is currently working to aid the family. Also on the show is Kenley Leslie, member of Staunton OPC in Staunton, Virginia. Kenley shares his experience in working with refugees in his area. Rev. Chris Cashen, pastor of Trinity Reformed OPC in Lanham, Maryland, returns to the podcast to lend his expertise in Refugee Ministry, as we try to simplify and encourage you in this very important ministry of mercy.

    Referenced in this episode:
    UNHCR UN Refugee Agency
    Google translate

    Contact Jessie Hulsey
    Contact Chris Cashen

    • 45 min
    Interview with Dr. Cornelis Van Dam

    Interview with Dr. Cornelis Van Dam

    In this episode, deacon Tim Hopper, Shiloh OPC, Raleigh, NC, talks with author Dr. Cornelis Van Dam, Emeritus Professor of Old Testament studies at Canadian Reformed Theological Seminary in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Van Dam joins us to speak about his book, The Deacon: Biblical Foundations for Today’s Ministry of Mercy , the biblical office of deacon, its history, both in the Old and New Testaments as well as the Church’s responsibility to provide for those in need. 

    Referenced in this episode:
    The Ministry of Mercy for Today by P Y DeJong (reprinted in Ordained Servant v. 3, no. 3, 1994)The Deacons Handbook: A Manual of Stewardship by Gerard Berghoef, Lester DeKosterMinistries of Mercy: The Call of the Jericho Road, Third Edition by: Timothy J. KellerDeacons: How They Serve and Strengthen the Church by: Matt SmethurstSide by Side: Walking with Others in Wisdom and Love by: Ed WelchOPC National Diaconal Summit IV 2022

    • 33 min
    Why You Should Attend the National Diaconal Summit in June

    Why You Should Attend the National Diaconal Summit in June

    Pastor of Resurrection OPC in Matthews, NC, and president of the Committee on Diaconal Ministries, Nathan Trice, deacons Chris Sudlow, Geno Altiery and Mark Palmer sit down to reminisce about their personal experiences with previous diaconal summits, and why it was meaningful to them.

    “See, that’s exactly what I love about the Summit right there! You are embedded, surrounded and fellowshipping with a couple hundred humble servants of God. That really is an experience. If you've never been to one of the summits that I promise you will have an impact on you, if you attend the Summit.”

    "One of the things [the OPC Committee on Diaconal Ministries] has gained an appreciation for over the years is just how much a deacon to the OPC are hungry for ongoing practical training in their office." "Presbyterianism in general, ministers and elders have this pattern...this element of church life where they're gathering with their fellow leaders—at least the Presbytery level. And then, of course, in the case of many, in the yearly General Assemblies. But I think that's what these National Diaconal Summits have provided for that third office of Deacon in the church, they provided opportunity for gatherings. The Committee on Diaconal Ministries had a couple of goals for these gatherings—a couple of reasons for their existence. One of them is the teaching opportunity they provide and the other is the fellowship."

    The next National Diaconal Summit (IV) is scheduled for June 2-4, 2022 in Wheaton, Illinois. If you haven't made the commitment to be there, this episode may just convince you that, as a deacon, an opportunity like this is rare, unique and amazing—a not-to-miss experience.

    Referenced in this episode:
    OPC National Diaconal Summit Information
    OPC National Diaconal Summit Registration
    Past National Diaconal Summit Videos
    Contact OPC Committee on Diaconal Ministries

    • 40 min
    Caring for the Elderly & Shut-Ins

    Caring for the Elderly & Shut-Ins

    In this episode hosts David Nakhla and deacon Scott Pearce talk to Rev. Richard Shaw & Rev. Don Buchanan, two seasoned pastors who have spent much of their ministry serving the elderly and shut-ins. Rick and Don share best practices for visiting, helpful hints and their years of experience with the elderly.

    Co-hosting this episode is Scott Pearce, deacon at Church of the Covenant in Hackettstown. Scott is the son of OPC pastor Rev. Ron Pearce. He is a lifelong member of Church of the Covenant OPC in Hackettstown (where his dad recently retired after serving as pastor for 40 years and the only church he has ever known.) Scott has lived, moved, and otherwise had his being in northwestern New Jersey his whole life. Scott was ordained as a deacon November 2016 (five years ago and serves with four other deacons.

    Rev. Richard Shaw was born in Flint, Michigan, but has moved around all his life from the time he was eleven years old, due to family situations. He has been married to Lois for 46 years now and has four boys, and nine grandchildren. Richard was raised in Independent Baptist churches until he attended seminary at Biblical in Hatfield, PA. He pastored OP churches in Bridgewater, South Dakota, Bartlesville, Oklahoma, Abilene, Texas, and Roswell, New Mexico. In 2004, he returned to Pennsylvania to be near his wife's elderly parents and became a chaplain with ACTS Retirement-Life Communities, Inc. and served as a chaplain at Spring House Estates for twelve years until he retired in 2016. He and his wife are members at First OPC in Perkasie where Richard is on the Session with Pastor MacLaren and when called upon he teaches Adult Sunday School, preaches occasionally (at both the Perkasie church and at other venues), and do pastoral visitation. 

    Rev. Donald Buchanan is a retired minister of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. He was born in Shelby, North Carolina.  He is a graduate of King University in Bristol, Tennessee (1966), and Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Georgia (1969).  Don and his wife Anne have four adult children and 19 grandchildren. He pastored churches in Pulaski, VA, Sunnyvale, CA and La Mirada, CA, and labored as an OPC foreign missionary in Egypt and Cyprus).  He also served as General Secretary of the Committee on Foreign Missions (1983-1990).  He retired in 2012 but has worked since 2013 with Westminster (CA) OPC in their ministry to a local senior care facility. 

    Referenced in this episode: 
    James 1:27Matthew 25:40Wrinkled But Not Ruined by Dr. Jay Adams

    • 44 min
    Church Safety in the 21st Century

    Church Safety in the 21st Century

    This is it—your one-stop-shop for church safety! 

    In this episode, Matt Butler, elder at Lake Sherwood OPC, Orlando, Florida shares with us his nearly thirty-year law enforcement knowledge and experience. Matt discusses the reasons for having a plan, how to begin to create a plan, and what the most important steps should be in implementing a plan. Even if you hadn't considered a church safety plan before, chances are you will now!

    Included in this episode:
    Biblical reasons to have a church security plan John 10:11-13Church safety policy sample provided by MattNational Diaconal Summit IV 2022 registration informationContact Matt ButlerAbout Matt: 
    Matt joined the Sheriff's Office  in Orange County in Orlando in 1992  at 21 years old. Coming up on 30 years in July of next year, he's done a variety of things that has informed how he sees church security and the physical protection of the flock. Matt served on the SWAT team for 20 years, starting as an operator, he moved all the way up to assistant commander. He has been in investigations and narcotics and is currently assigned as a director of the Fusion Center, and also, the head of the intelligence unit. He deals with local and state issues, along with national and international issues. 

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

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I’ve been waiting for this!

Wonderful, helpful, informative podcast! Thank you—for providing a realistic and encouraging plan for those of us who want to do something, but have not known where to start.

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