Ironman Ministry

Proverbs 27:17, “Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another” (NASB).


  • Encourage men to meet regularly together (one-on-one) for mutual encouragement and accountability centered on the Word of God and prayer;
  • Strengthen men’s walk with the Lord and enhance their faithfulness to serve;
  • Establish strong godly relationships – men with other men; and
  • Create a format that fits with many other commitments in the lives of men.


  • We were pleased to continue the Ironman Ministry as a joint effort between RPCNH and our daughter church, Grace RPC in Gibsonia.  2016 marked the second year of also inviting men from College Hill Reformed Presbyterian Church to the retreat.
  • In 2016, the Ironman Ministry at RPCNH continued in its 11th year. On March 18-19, approximately 50 men were encouraged by challenging teaching and good fellowship at our annual Ironman Retreat at Laurelville.  The theme of the 2016 retreat was “Pursuing Purity.” Rev. Jared Olivetti, pastor of Immanuel RPC in West Lafayette, IN, was the speaker. Pastor Olivetti spoke from Proverbs 5, among other passages, exhorting men to live transparent lives of radical purity.
  • Since the retreat, approximately 20 men (between the two congregations) have been meeting together regularly. Men are meeting on a regular basis (some weekly) to engage in Bible Study, prayer, mutual encouragement and accountability, and fellowship.
  • Bernie and Calvin both stepped down from the leadership team of the Ironman Ministry, with John from Grace RPC taking their place.



  • In 2017, we have again scheduled a retreat at the Laurelville Retreat Center for March 17-18. Pastor and RPTS Professor of Pastoral Theology, Barry York, will be speaking this year, using a theme of the role of mentoring and intentional discipleship in the lives of men. At the retreat, men will be encouraged to participate in the ministry for the coming year by either continuing their current relationship or establishing a new one.
  • We encourage all men to join us as the retreat even if your schedule doesn’t allow for a regular Ironman partnership. And if attending the retreat won’t work for you, please let one of the committee members know if you are interested in partnering with someone.

Pastor David Hanson, pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church (RPCNA) in State College, PA, was the speaker. Pastor Hanson spoke on three specific disciplines: fasting (hungering for fellowship with Christ), simplicity (clearing space for fellowship with Christ), and mediation (progressing through fellowship with Christ).