“Entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” (2 Tim 2:2)
Apostle Paul’s wrote to young Pastor Timothy, “The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” (2Tim 2:2) As he sat in a jail cell in Rome Paul wanted the assurance that the gospel ministry would continue. Paul had trained Timothy but would Timothy train others who would train others. Paul must have known his charge to Timothy would have a ripple effect for the whole church. Trained men, training men, who would train others, would be how the Kingdom of God moves forward. This is the Kingdom culture that would take the gospel to the ends of the earth.
Curt Snead, a 2017 LAMP Graduate, will now be a Facilitator for students at the St. Andrews Learning Site in Columbia SC. When Curt was asked on the Facilitator Application, “What is the purpose for teaching/working with LAMP”, Curt wrote 2 Timothy 2:2. Praise God for the leadership at the St. Andrews Learning Site and to Curt for their passion to see this Kingdom culture for training men alive in 2018.
Read Curt’s Story:
I worked as a Police Officer for 19 years with the City of Columbia Police Department in South Carolina. The Lord had been working to call me out of police work to pursue ministry training for much of that time but I resisted this move for a variety of reasons. One, I was just plain afraid to give up my job, salary, and benefits to pursue this unknown calling. The other reason was that I had never gone to college and therefore did not have a bachelor’s degree that was required for training at traditional seminaries. I finally left police work in January of 2012 to pursue ministry training and calling no matter the cost. The Lord led me to talk with Dr. Dale Weldon who was the pastor of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Irmo, SC. He was leading a group of men through LAMP Seminary and offered for me to join them in their studies. Long story short, over the next five years I was able to complete the Bachelor of Divinity program with LAMP, along with Rev. Adam Williams and Robert Bryant who graduated with their Master of Divinity.
I was ordained in November of 2017 as an Evangelist in the Palmetto Presbytery working with Presbyterian Evangelistic Fellowship. Our ministry called “Reconcile the City” is working to provide a full-time Chaplain ministry to police officers in the Midlands of South Carolina that are true to the Scriptures. The base of our ministry is with the Columbia Police Department where I serve as a Chaplain, ministering to some of the same folks I policed with years ago. Because we are raising our own support, I am able to give the police department a great deal of my time and efforts.
LAMP seminary provided for me a path to ministry training and education that I would not have had access to otherwise. In addition, learning alongside brothers with a pastor facilitating our discussions helped provide me with solid seminary training in the context of the tangible and practical realities of ministry. I also graduated without any student debt, which helps tremendously in reducing some of the burden in raising our financial support. I now have the honor of facilitating the first class of our new LAMP group in our Presbytery-wide LAMP site. Truly, LAMP’s key Scripture passage, 2 Timothy 2:2, has given me a passion for taking what the Lord has been so gracious to teach and provide for me and pass it on to other faithful men, who will in turn pass it on to others!
Seeking to Further God’s Kingdom,
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