Danny E. Olinger
Heeding the apostle’s words in 2 Timothy 2:2, “And the things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also,” the Subcommittee on Ministerial Training of the Committee on Christian Education oversees Orthodox Presbyterian ministerial internships, providing financial assistance and guidance to churches and interns. Since 2004, the Committee has helped to cosponsor 186 summer internships and 136 yearlong internships at 120 Orthodox Presbyterian congregations.
We give thanks to the Lord for the congregations, pastors, and sessions who have committed themselves to the sacrificial service of helping in this critical training and ministry. We also rejoice that the Lord has provided godly men who have served faithfully as interns in preparation for gospel ministry in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church.
A total of 101 men who have participated in the program have been ordained and currently serve or have served as OPC pastors, teachers, and evangelists. Among those men are (in alphabetical order) the following:
Robert Canode III
James La Belle
C. Steven McDaniel
M. Justin Rosser
J. Mark Sallade
Cecil Simpson III
Z. Bulut Yasar
For those OP congregations interested in participating in the 2019 internship program, applications can be found on OPC.org under Christian Education (www.opc.org/cce/intern.html). A mentoring pastor must have five years of pastoral experience in the OPC. The Committee anticipates being able to provide up to $1,200 per month in matching support for summer interns and $1,415 per month in matching support for yearlong interns.
Applications can be sent to the Reverend Danny E. Olinger, Intern Director, 607 N. Easton Road, Building E, Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, 19090 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The application deadline is February 28, 2019.
The author is general secretary for the Committee on Christian Education.
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