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Don Reed to Join the Staff of the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary
Don Reed will join the staff of the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary (RPTS) in June 2012, as Director of Planned Giving. The Seminary Board announced at Synod last year the goal to create and fill this part-time position. The Board had only one person in mind, and the Lord graciously led Don to accept that call. The Seminary hopes to serve other agencies and institutions of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America in the area of planned giving as well. Don will have in his “tool kit” information and materials from these other groups. One denominational group has already expressed interest, and RPTS expects others may do likewise.
In his six years as an RPTS Board of Trustees member, Don has come to realize the absolute critical importance of having a robust seminary within the denomination. “A strong, Biblical seminary produces strong, Biblical pastors who shepherd congregations, direct presbyteries, and guide Synod,” notes Reed. RPTS Director of Development Mark Sampson states, “The Seminary as it is today simply would not exist without estates and other planned gifts.” In each of the past two years, planned giving enabled the Seminary to balance its budget. Don will report to Sampson and continue to reside in Sterling.
Don Reed, an elder at the Sterling Reformed Presbyterian Church in Sterling, Kansas, since 1973, has most recently been the Director of Gift Planning at Sterling College, also in Sterling, Kansas. Reed graduated from Sterling in 1968 and served in the United States Navy. Returning to Sterling, Don taught at the Lyons High School in Lyons, Kansas. He then began a 38 year career at Sterling College, filling many important roles, including public relations and development.
Don met his wife, Linda, at Sterling College. Their three children, Shawn, Kyle, and Kim, also attended Sterling College. The Reeds are the delighted grandparents of ten grandchildren, nine living and one who has already gone to be with the Lord. When not occupied with family events, Don enjoys golf, tennis, and skiing.
Commenting on the addition of Don to the Seminary staff, RPTS President, Dr. Jerry O’Neill, says, “Don Reed is unquestionably the one man most qualified to serve the Seminary in this capacity. His lifelong commitment to Christ and His church, his thirty-eight years of professional experience at Sterling College in the field of institutional advancement, his years of service on the RPTS board, his faithful service on the RPTS bicentennial campaign committee, and his knowledge of the RPTS constituency, make him ideally suited for the position. We are humbled and excited by his willingness to join the RPTS team. And he is concerned for the health and growth of Christ’s church, not just the stability of the Seminary, and it is this love and commitment to Christ and His church that makes him such a great fit for his new responsibilities.”
Don has enjoyed helping people plan and prepare for what he calls their “Last Act of Stewardship” – the designing and executing the final distribution of all that God has given them throughout their lives. Don has found this ministry to be fascinating, because the world does not make a big deal about this area of life. "Christians often do not think about how they can help God’s kingdom in their last act as His steward. I have come to believe we, as God’s children, need to be more conscious about our last opportunity to steward His resources to us,” notes Don.
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