Presbyterian Men
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Presbyterian Men

Presbyterian MenThe Presbyterian Men’s Organization (Men’s Council) continues to be steeped in the heritage and history of its predecessors.   This long standing group of the church flourishes today due to the dedication of its leadership and those that constitute its body.

This is an organization within the Presbytery of Charlotte, the Synod of the Mid-Atlantic, the National Presbyterian Men’s Ministry, and the Presbyterian Church (USA).

The purposes and objectives are clearly stated in its by-laws; Presbyterian Men provides, in each area of life, tools for Christian discipleship, avenues for vital fellowship, and opportunities for transforming mission, all under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. All men who are confirmed members of the Presbyterian Church (USA) are eligible to be members of Presbyterian Men. Members shall commit themselves to the purposes and objectives of Presbyterian Men.

The annual calendar for PM has grown over the years. We meet monthly for breakfast (10 months) to engage in fellowship and be energized by various and significant speakers. There are also two well coordinated fundraising events (Men’s Council Barbeque and Fish Fry) with proceeds being utilized by the Edward B. Newberry Scholarship Fund. We also participate in and support the local, Synod, and National Conferences, as well as, our Annual Men’s Day. We encourage all men to become actively involved as true disciples through Presbyterian Men.

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Synod of the Mid Atlantic Presbyterian Men’s Council
Massanetta Springs Conference Center
712 Massanetta Springs Road, Harrisonburg, VA 22801

Larry U. Anderson, President, 1705 Queen City Dr.#61,Charlotte, NC 28208-3297
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I bring you greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Let's be clear about some things, I love the church, I love the Presbyterian Church, I love Presbyterian Men.

The Men's Ministry and movement in the Presbyterian Church has been a little tenuous at best throughout it's history. This all started around 1895. Following some years of turmoil, we re-emerged in the late 1940's showing some signs of life and vitality. This was true for both segregated denominations.

Following the merger of 1983 and a board meeting in April 1986, it was decided there would be a national equipping event for Synod, Presbytery, and Congregational representatives, followed by a major National Presbyterian Men's Assembly in May 1987 in New Orleans, Louisiana. I had the honor and privilege of attending that first Assembly.

Recently, an article in a local newspaper described our organization as a "new breed of man". It also went on to say that, our men are truly dedicated to making a change and a difference in our communities and surrounding areas. Our men are good, faithful, obedient disciples with a simplified mission; feeding the hungry, housing the homeless, and caring for the hopeless, the wretched, our tired, and our poor. This is our new and stated mission platform, DISCIPLESHIP.

God calls all of us to a Ministry, working for and with each other, in our families, in our workplace, in our communities, in the world, and, in the church. Recent studies, however, have shown that many men know very little of what the Bible says; yet, many express a desire to learn.

The mission of Presbyterian Men, Synod of the Mid-Atlantic is to lead men into a vital relationship with the Church and to assist them in their spiritual growth, strengthening and encouraging them in contributions of time and talent in working with those less fortunate. Involvement of our minds, our hands, and our hearts is in great need. All men in our churches and community are invited to become a viable, effective, dedicated Disciple. It's far better to have something to do, rather than having to do something. Don't you agree? AMEN.


Larry U. Anderson
President, Synod Men's Council
Synod of the Mid-Atlantic

Presbyterian Men’s Conference – Synod of the Mid-Atlantic
Massanetta Springs – Harrisonburg, VA
July 18 – 20, 2014
Mark your calendars!

Conference Theme - "Following Jesus"

All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me; so go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them and teaching them; and look, am with you always, even to the close of the age. - Matthew 28: 18-20


Keynote Speakers

Neal Presa  The Rev. Dr. Neal Presa, Moderator of the 220th General Assembly, has served as pastor of Middlesex Presbyterian Church (Middlesex, NJ) since 2003. In addition to being a pastor, he is an affiliate assistant professor of preaching and worship at New Brunswick Theological Seminary, after having served on the adjunct faculties of New Brunswick Theological Seminary ( and Somerset Christian College. Neal is a committed ecumenist, lending leadership through the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) and its predecessor, the World Alliance of Reformed Churches (WARC), serving on both executive committees, and serving as convener of the Caribbean and North American Area Council since 2006. Neal has served as a trustee of Princeton Theological Seminary, chair of the General Assembly Special Committee on the Heidelberg Catechism, and formerly as vice chair of the General Assembly Mission Council; regionally as vice moderator and moderator of the Presbytery of Elizabeth. Neal and his wife have two sons; the Presas live in New Jersey. Neal enjoys hanging out with his family and friends, traveling, fine wine and great food, working out, reading, and politics. 
 Donald McKim The Rev. Dr. Donald K. McKim is a is a Reformed theologian and has served as Executive Editor for Theology and Reference for Westminster John Knox Press. He was the Academic Dean and Professor of Theology at Memphis Theological Seminary and Professor of Theology at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary. Dr. McKim studied at Westminster College (PA) and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, and received his PhD from the University of Pittsburgh.
Gil McGregor Gil McGregor broadcasted with the Hornets for 24 years. He also did telecasts for Cox Sports Television. He has worked as an analyst for Jefferson Pilot/Raycom Sports, ESPN and ESPN2. A nationally known keynote/motivational speaker, McGregor was an ambassador for the Hornet’s “Stay in School” program. He promoted their education and staying away from drugs and violence programs. He has addressed educators in Louisiana and North Carolina on issues of moral and professional development. McGregor graduated from Wake Forest University. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Royals (now the Sacramento Kings) in 1971 and played in 42 games. He finished his professional career in Europe; playing in Belgium, France and Italy. After returning from Europe, McGregor worked with the March of Dimes. He also worked with the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce recruiting events to the Benton Convention Center. Before getting back to the NBA, he worked at his alma mater as the athletic academic advisor. McGregor has adult daughters. He and his wife, Frieda have a son, Gilbert Odell.
Bobbi White The Rev. Bobbi White is the General Presbyter of the Presbytery of Western North Carolina. She was raised in Black Mountain, NC, near Montreat, where she was blessed with a broad vision of the church from the many retired missionaries. As a second career pastor, she brings skills from having worked in the corporate world in management/leadership and consulting capacities and also in a small family business. She finds lots of joy in working with pastors and churches. She has a passion for serving Jesus Christ and a heart for both small and large churches, church transformation, and mission. When not working, Bobbi loves to travel, hike, and be with people. Bobbi earned a BA from Queens University in Charlotte, NC.; a Masters in Business from Columbia University in NYC; an M.Div. from Columbia Theological Seminary; and attended the World Council of Churches Graduate School in Bossey, Switzerland.
Kevin Long The Rev. Kevin Long was raised in Southern California and in Murrysville, PA, just east of Pittsburgh. He graduated from Wake Forest University, double majoring in biology and psychology. After pursuing a master’s degree in psychology at Old Dominion University, Kevin moved to New York City where he worked for a number of years as a private tutor. While attending the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, Kevin met his wife-to-be, Rebecca, who had moved to the city to train with the Joffrey Ballet. Kevin then responded to the call to ministry and received his M.Div. from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. After graduating, he served as an Associate Pastor at Orchard Park Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis before becoming the Pastor of the Presbyterian Church, Sewickley in September of 2011. Kevin and Rebecca have three beautiful children: James, Jessica and Katelyn. When he finds time between being with his family and ministering to the congregation, Kevin enjoys basketball, good food and wine, Steelers football and reading.
Jocelyn Thompson Jocelyn P. Thompson is the Performing Arts Chairperson at Garinger High School in Charlotte. Jocelyn received the Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, and Master of Education, all from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, specializing in piano, accompanying, and a secondary emphasis upon mallet percussion instruments.  In 1996 she became the Director of Music/Organist at Memorial. An active clinician in the region and state, Jocelyn conducts and accompanies All-County Choruses and directs mass church choirs each year. She is married to Minister Sherman B. Thompson and resides in Gastonia, North Carolina.


The Presbyterian Men’s Conference held July 19-21, 2013 at Massanetta Springs in the historic Shenandoah Valley of Virginia was a remarkable success. Praise be to God. The Conference brought men together from nine Presbyteries - Baltimore, Charlotte, Coastal Carolina, Eastern Virginia, James, National Capital, Peaks, Shenandoah, and Western North Carolina, and provided inspiration and renewal to all.   This years’ theme was “Knowing Jesus”, based on Philippians 3:8.



Jerry Cannon  Hunter Ferrell  Eric Hoey 



George Goodman  Ted Wright  Jocelyn Thompson 



Picnic Table Building Project  Golf Tournament  Virginia Civil War Museum and Battlefield Tour 

Join us next year, July 18, 19, 20, 2014, and experience another great men’s conference at Massanetta Springs. See for more information.

Submitted by Tom Allen, Synod Men’s Council




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