The Reformed Deacon

a Podcast from the OPC Committee on Diaconal Ministries

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 EssendelftSpecial Episode: Practical Steps in Refugee MinistryInterview with Dr. Cornelis Van DamWhy 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 InformationOPC National Diaconal Summit RegistrationPast National Diaconal Summit VideosContact OPC Committee on Diaconal Ministries
Mar 1 2022
40 mins
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
Feb 1 2022
44 mins
Church Safety in the 21st CenturyRefugee MinistryMeet Deacon Tim Hopper