Our church networks with 9 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.
Jason McPhetridge is our current “student pastor” and is a TPA student. Previous “student pastors” are Sean Mustian (now serving at Central Baptist Church in George, IA), Jim Millman (now serving at De Smet Community Church in De Smet, SD), Mark Donaldson (now serving in Elm Creek Baptist Church, Maple Grove, MN), Zach Sommerlot (now serving at Denver Baptist Church, Denver, IA) and Anthony Brown. Training up and sending out pastors is a huge value at RCC!
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. Another way to support the TPA is by donating to, shopping at and volunteering at the Bargain Basement Thrift store in Baltic, SD. Bargain Basement is a ministry of our church and all profits go to support the TPA.