When Are We Going to Get a Real Preacher?

        I had been the interim minister at Johns Island Presbyterian Church about a year when one of the members stopped me after worship and said, “When are we going to get a real preacher?” (Fortunately, I’m not the sensitive type.) I assume what he meant was, “When are we going to get a full time, regularly installed pastor?”

       I believe it is time for this congregation to begin asking that question. The session and I have been discussing ways to move towards the day when there will again be a full-time pastor here. With the session’s approval, I have agreed to continue working for two more years as a part-time stated supply. Our hope is that by the end of that time, the church will be strong enough to call a pastor.

       Lynne and I love this congregation and are grateful to be part of it, but we are not the future. (The personnel committee offered to increase my hours, but I declined because I can’t increase my energy level.) Our fondest hope is to see the church prosper in the years ahead, and that requires full-time leadership.

        Please join us in making this a matter of prayer and planning. We are open to any questions, suggestions, or ideas you might have. Please talk to me or one of the session members about your thoughts. I believe this church deserves a “real” preacher.

                                                                                                               Dr. Chip


Several people have asked me the best way to respond to the needs created by Hurricane Florence. My best suggestion is to use the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance ministry of the PCUSA. Our denomination has full time employees who administer financial and volunteer resources to respond to emergencies. Let me give you an example. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the PDA had volunteer work teams in operation for over two years, rebuilding people's homes and churches. The ministry had sites arranged so that when volunteer groups arrived, they had places to stay and meals prepared. The volunteers could actually do the work of rebuilding. Materials were on site and volunteer leaders were ready to show the new arrivals where to begin.

When there is a catastrophe, many groups rush in with a band aid and a bottle of water and then leave. The Presbyterians take a longer view of things and try to intervene in a more permanent way. Instead of a band aid and bottle of water, we are more likely to build a hospital and dig a well. The PDA is committed to helping people get their lives back to a level where they can be safe and productive.

If you would like to contribute to this ministry, make your gift out to Yeamans Park Presbyterian mark it PDA. 100% of the contributions go to disaster relief. If you would like to volunteer, please see me, and I 'II put you in touch with the right people.

Dr. Chip






Welcome to YPPC!
5931 North Murray Dr.
Hanahan, SC  29410
Telephone # (843) 744-2268

Rev. Dr. William F. (Chip) Summers

Worship Service: 11:00am, Sunday, November 18, 2018 

Sermon:   “A Community of Gratitude”    

Scripture:  Colossians 3:15-17

Sunday School: 10:00am 

Fellowship following the  Worship Service in Memorial Hall.     

Meets Sundays at  9:45am and Tuesdays at 10:00am.  See details on the Monthly News & Updates page of this website.