The third REmaker Work Conference took place at the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, from June 19 to June 23, 2017.  Volunteers from around the denomination stay at the Seminary for a week of work and study with the professors.  Participants have come from Ontario, New York, Arizona, Indiana, and the greater Pittsburgh area.

The work of these skilled (and sometimes, less-than-skilled but more than willing) volunteers helps the Seminary accomplish significant projects with a limited staff and budget.  Approximately $20,000 in savings have been realized from the efforts of our REmakers; an incredible blessing.

Projects have included plumbing, electrical repairs, concrete work, carpentry, landscaping, painting, and tree removal, among many other things.  The brainchild of former RPTS Board Member, Keith Wing, REmaker began in 2015 with the idea of knocking out some delayed projects in the Seminary and dorm areas.

In the evenings, professors offer mini-courses for the team.  Food is provided by a variety of cooks.  In past years, staff members have cooked and we have had special meals from some of our East Asian students.  This year, Cassie Wallace (Phoenix RP Church) stuffed our workers with delightful meals.

For more information, please contact Mark Sampson at msampson@rpts.edu.  Look for REmaker 2018 dates soon.

Mark Sampson

Chris and Krista Dahar from the Oswego RP Church (Oswego, NY) paint at the REmaker Work Conference

Bruce Backensto, retired minister from the First RP in Beaver Falls, PA, doesn’t need a ladder to spackle and paint.