An Era of Reformed Witness

A month ago, on May 1st, New Brunswick Seminary offered a special event, a presentation by David Waanders on the occasion of his retirement as Professor of Pastoral Care and Director of Admissions. David’s role at First Reformed Church was well reflected by the number of church members in attendance that day.

It was a remarkable lecture in many ways, because it helped us representatives from the church to extrapolate some of the problems of daily life and put them into a larger perspective. Small membership numbers, growing pains on the road to greater inclusiveness, the dichotomy between what is academic standard and what we believe as lay people in the pews – all this was reflected in David’s account of a lifetime as professor within the Reformed Church in America.

Especially moving among many signs of appreciation was the witness from Korean students who enjoyed David’s openness towards other cultures and ethnic backgrounds very much. This witness provided a great outlook for the future, as our world seem to shrink rapidly, and we find ourselves ever more in situations that require compassion and sensitivity towards members of different cultures.

We wish David the very best for his retirement. We are grateful for the many moments during which he has applied his wider experience in our particular church setting, and we look forward to many more such moments in the years to come.

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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