The Genevan Foundation for Cultural Renewal was first formed in 2005 as an entrepreneurial effort of the entire Serven family. We produced several Psalm-singing CD’s, and by them sought to encourage the recovery of singing Psalms in public and family worship. At that time we often referred to ourselves as the ServenClan. Now, however, most all of our children are grown-up and out of the house. Thus, the Genevan Foundation website has become my own place for hosting the historical and theological articles that I have written, plus a timely blog, reviews of interesting books, and announcements about my upcoming speaking events. I hope you will benefit from it.
Why is this website called the Genevan Foundation for Cultural Renewal, or sometimes just referred to as GFCR? Beginning from the 1530’s, Geneva, Switzerland, became the picture of a town that was transformed by the preaching and teaching of the Word of God. Thanks to the reforming efforts of John Calvin, William Farel, and Pierre Viret, this strategic city was liberated from darkness and became a place of enduring light. That is why the Genevans chose the expression Post Tenebras Lux (“After darkness, light!”) to be their town motto.
The true foundation of Calvin’s Geneva was its focus on the authority of Scripture. In similar fashion, I believe that there is no area of life where God’s Word does not apply. Cultural renewal, simply stated, is an outward expression of what Jesus Christ is actively doing within our own lives–as we are spiritually renewed, so is the culture all around us. With that truth in mind, my family and I continue to seek to live for God and to encourage others to do the same. Therefore, I am happy to live at this exciting time in history and I pray that the Lord would enable me and my family–by His grace–to fulfill the following threefold purposes: (1) to glorify God, (2) to serve others in Christ’s name, and (3) to advance Christ’s kingdom here on earth. Soli Deo Gloria
— Dr. Marcus J. Serven
Rev. Dr. Marcus J. Serven – Retired Minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church/Presbytery of the Midwest; Pastor Emeritus of Covenant Family Church (OPC) located in Troy, Missouri; Husband to Cheryl, Father of nine, Grandfather to thirteen; Education: University of California at Davis, B.A.; Fuller Theological Seminary, M.Div.; Covenant Theological Seminary, Th.M. and D.Min.; Member of the Evangelical Theological Society and the Calvin Studies Society. The Serven’s make their home in Austin, Texas.