A Sailor’s Yarn

As confirmed by these pictures – and in this case I want you to note that a fibber actually has pictures – on July 16th a whole fleet of First Church conquistadores set sail to conquer new shores, convert heathen tribes, battle mighty crocodiles and barely submerged hippos, and endure dangerous rapids and relentless storms.

Rare moments of peace and calm waters allowed us, however, to share a scarce meal – barely enough to fight the beginning bouts with scurvy and certainly not preventing the loss of teeth and bone mass in many of us.

The whole journey just exposed our whole life of want that we shared on this sacrificial pilgrimage – we, the teachers and children of the church school of First Reformed Church. After this experience, it was resolved that, in the future, we will only recruit really old troopers for our missions. Do you have the heart of one? Then come and join our teaching team; our children will be grateful for it.

About Rev. Dr. Hartmut Kramer-Mills

Hartmut Kramer-Mills, a native of Jena, Germany, began his theological education at Heidelberg University. After the Middle Exam in 1986 he received a scholarship from the World Alliance of Reformed Churches for McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. He graduated from McCormick with a Master of Divinity in 1988. He graduated from Marburg University in Germany with the Ecclesiastical Exam in 1990, and received a Dr. theol. from Greifswald University, Germany, in 1997. From 1990 to 1991 he was vicar at St. Wenzel in Naumburg, Germany. He was ordained minister of word and sacrament in 1993 through the Protestant Church of the Church Province of Saxony. From 1993 to 1998 he served as assistant pastor in Stoessen, Goerschen, and Rathewitz, Germany. At the same time he was lecturer for Church History at Erfurt College in Germany. From 1999 to 2000 he served the Spotswood Reformed Church in New Jersey as interim pastor. Since 2000 he and his wife serve the First Reformed Church in New Brunswick, New Jersey, as co-pastors.
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