Our church networks with 7 other churches to train pastors, church planters and missionaries through a program called the Timothy Pastoral Apprenticeship (TPA). The TPA is “hands-on”, rigorously academic and free for students. Students also normally get paid while they serve their local church. River Community Church regularly has at least one TPA student on staff and Pastor Ryan Franchuk spends 20 hours a week directing the program.
Previous TPA RCC students are Sean Mustian (now serving at Central Baptist Church in George, IA) and Jim Millman (now serving at De Smet Community Church in De Smet, SD). We’ve also had several other “student pastors” on our staff (Mark Donaldson, Zach Sommerlot, Anthony Brown), as training up and sending out pastors is a huge value at RCC. We are excited to soon be welcoming Jason McPhetridge as our next student pastor.
If you have questions about the TPA, call the office or visit the website or request an application. If you are at all interested, we would love to talk to you.
If you would like to donate towards the TPA, checks can be made out to RCC with TPA in the memo. Generous donations are what enable the TPA program to continue to thrive.