Our Elders

Doug Chamberlain, pastor

Cory Valentine, elder

Arthur Fawthrop, elder and former pastor

Arthur Fawthrop was born and raised in Clifton Park, a small country village in upper state NY that boasted a few churches and a three room schoolhouse. It was a close knit community, where he had many relatives. Arthur remembers grandparents and great grandparents who were still alive when he was a teenager. It was here, through the diligence of his Sunday school superintendent, that he was first introduced to the gospel. At the age of 9, his Sunday school superintendent sent him to a Christian camp for boys and girls. There he made official his commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ. Around this same time, he first felt the call to become a minister. The directors of the camp became his lifelong friends and continued to shepherd him through the years – even during college, graduate school, and seminary. Their mentoring had a deep impact on his life.

Arthur attended Houghton College from 1960-1964, where he met his wife, Ellen. They married in 1965 and subsequently had 3 children. In 1965, Arthur attended Alfred University in Alfred, NY for a year before beginning his studies at Westminster Seminary in Philadelphia, PA. He graduated in 1969 and had already accepted the call to pastor a congregation in the Reformed Church of America.

Several years later, he felt a desire to establish a church in his home town. In answer to much prayer, God used intervening circumstances to instead call him to pastor a three point charge in New Brunswick, Canada. When the Canadian Presbytery began to consider changing their core vows, God used the now experienced Pastor Fawthrop to be the organizing pastor for a new work of the Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Synod (RPCES). Once the church became established, the Home Mission Board recommended the congregation call a new pastor to grow the work. At this time, Arthur was given a call (from a congregation in the same denomination) in Johnstown, NY. He ministered there for seven years until moving to Endicott, NY to care for his mother-in-law, who was disabled by the painful affliction of post herpetic neuralgia.

Initially, the family planned to stay in Endicott for a year; but in the providence of God, that year was extended to more than 27 years! During this time, Arthur was involved in beginning many new churches for the spread of the gospel. He first assisted the establishment of an RPCES congregation in Vestal, NY. Shortly thereafter he was one of 4 new families who began what is now Crown and Covenant Reformed Presbyterian Church, in Owego, NY. Ironically enough, he was then called to Pastor this church about 5 years later. Currently, he has accepted the charge of the Presbytery to pastor Christian Heritage Reformed Presbyterian Church, a new mission work of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America, located in Endicott, NY. The life God has chosen for Pastor Arthur Fawthrop has been challenging, but never dull! He is looking forward to what the Lord has in store for him and this new work in the days ahead.