Another Volunteer Day with Rutgers Students

It is just so contagious when young people take the initiative and come and volunteer at an old church like ours! And so it happened again on Saturday, October 23, under the leadership of Christine José when she brought 15 students to the church. They planted containers, weeded and pruned the front of the church, and built a curb to the sanctuary’s back patio where rainstorms had caused miniature mud slides in the past.


Members of our Property Committee accompanied the students. They replaced light bulbs, removed debris in the cemetery and reinstalled repaired storm windows. But most importantly: They passed on the story of First Reformed Church by talking about the founding of Rutgers University, the great overseas missions of the 19th century, and the meaning of socially involved faith today. The students were grateful for the experience, and we could not thank them enough for the beautiful work they provided for us.

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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