It looked a little different than usual, but the CORPS Conference took place March 19th to 21st at The Ark in Converse, Indiana (USA). Typically, this is a winter conference, but due to the pandemic, it became a spring conference this year. Like every year, the conference was hosted by CORPS at Purdue and the Great Lakes-Gulf Presbytery of the RPCNA

Our meeting location, The Cave


“CORPS” refers to the Collegiate Organization of Reformed Presbyterian Students. The CORPS at Purdue is the college ministry of the RPC of Lafayette (Lafayette, Indiana). It derives its name from nearby Purdue University, the students of which are the focus of much of its ministry. CORPS is unique from most campus ministry groups because it takes place within the context of a local church. During the school year there are many weekly activities for the students, both for fellowship and for spiritual growth. The goal of the winter conference is to provide biblical instruction and encouraging fellowship for college students and young adults throughout the denomination and beyond.

Students enjoying a board game together

Practical Workshops

Instead of having a main speaker this time, we were led in three practical workshops on the subjects of church membership, ministering to youth, and battling sin in the strength of Christ. There were also many games to play, free time to enjoy, snacks to eat, and pastors to stump. A highlight is always being able to ask a panel of local pastors a variety of questions. 

Cargill Faris, a Purdue student, sharing his testimony

On the Lord’s Day, we worshiped with the Marion RPC and enjoyed their hospitality for lunch. While smaller than usual, it was a blessed weekend–and we were able to spend it together in person!

Looking forward to 2022

Please pray for the Spirit to use His Word in the hearts of those who attended that they would be rooted in Christ and mature in Him. Lord-willing, the next conference will be January 14th to 17th, 2022, at the same location, with Dr. David Whitla as our speaker. We hope to see you there!

Adam D. Niess came to know the Lord Jesus Christ as a high school student. He has a Bachelor of Music degree from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in double bass performance. In 2012, he graduated from the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary and was then ordained and installed as a gospel minister. Adam has been serving as the pastor of the RPC of Lafayette since February 2018. He is also certified by the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors. Adam is married to Anne and together they have three sons and one daughter.

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