May 24, 2010 | Comments 1
According to this news article in the Greenwood paper, after eleven months of service as Interim Academic Dean, Dr. Gid Alston, has been removed without cause and replaced by Dr. Brad Christie as Interim Academic Dean at Erskine College.
Since March, Dr. Alston’s tenure as Dean has been marked by outspoken and relentless criticisms of the ARP Church in local newspapers, e-mails to Erskine personnel, and other postings. Dr. Alston has been a loyal defender of the members of the Erskine Board of Trustees, administrators and faculty members, and alums who have defied the actions of the General Synod in the reformation of Erskine College and Seminary and who have taken the ARP Church to civil court in order to secure a restraining order against the efforts of the church. Also, Dr. Alston has stoutly defended Dr. Bill Crenshaw, who has been accused of and is under fire for acts of intimidation toward Erskine students. Moreover, a week ago, Dr. Alston was instrumental in leading the Erskine faculty in framing and adopting a vote of “No Confidence” in the Investigatory Commission that reported on abuses and non-compliance at Erskine College and Seminary at the Called meeting of General Synod in March.
On Friday, May 21, 2010, the Board of Trustees voted “No Confidence” in Dr. Alston and retiring President Randy Ruble was directed to remove Dr. Alston immediately and to replace him with Dr. Christie.
The very people to whom Dr. Alston gave so much loyalty and who obviously used him in attacking the ARP Church betrayed him in the end. The very people who, when the General Synod replaced them, took the General Synod to civil court to get a restraining order to invalidate the actions of General Synod, claiming that the General Synod had erred in removing them without cause, have now ordered the removal of Dr. Alston without cause.
It seems that Dr. Alston chose the wrong master to serve and is now betrayed. I am reminded of these words by Cardinal Wolsey when he realized that he had been betrayed by Henry VIII: “Alas, Master Kingston, if I had served God as diligently as I have served the king, he would not have given me over to my grey hairs! This is my just reward.”
These are my thoughts,
Charles W. Wilson
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