Ordination of Elders at Faith Free Presbyterian Church
On Wednesday January 21, 2015 Dr. Paul Overly and Mr. Steven Lee were ordained by the Presbytery of the Free Presbyterian Church of North America and installed to serve as ruling elders in Faith Free Presbyterian Church. The Dr. Larry Saunders of Toronto FPC, who serves as the Moderator, preached the charge to the newly ordained men and urged them to rest in the Lord. He reminded the congregation of God’s unfailing power and urged a prayerful dependence upon Him. A large commission of Presbytery was involved in the service with some ministers and elders being able to stay in the Greenville area for several days. This ordination service is especially encouraging as it follows the ordination of two elders in Cloverdale FPC, Canada and the ordination of Rev. Han as minister of the Korean Free Presbyterian Church in Taylors, South Carolina.
Dr. Paul OverlyPaul Overly, 53, trusted Christ as a child at his mother’s knee. After some difficult teenage years, he returned to Christ during his senior year at Bob Jones University. He began attending Faith FPC in 1986, joining the membership in 1990. His approach to Scripture and to living the Christian life bears the clear imprint of the ministries of Dr. Alan Cairns and Dr. Michael Barrett—men he considers as spiritual mentors. At Faith FPC, he has served in the music ministry, in VBS, and for one term as a deacon. Currently he is part of a team ministering to our college age students. Paul is a professor of music at Bob Jones University. He and his wife, Debbie, have been married for 27 years and have three children—Daniel (married to Alayna), David, and Claire.
Mr. Steven LeeSteven Lee, 42, was born in Seoul, South Korea and immigrated with his family to Canada when he was two years old. He was saved under the ministry of Dr. Frank McClelland, pastor of Toronto Free Presbyterian Church. He came to Greenville to attend BJU and has been a part of the FPC in North America for over 30 years. In 2000, he launched SermonAudio.com, now one of the largest libraries of free online sermons available on the Internet. Steven has served as a deacon of Faith FPC and serves on the board of the New York Gospel Mission. Steven and his wife, Jamie, have been married for 13 years and have five children (Katie, Calvin, Justin, Gracie, and Martin).