Celebrating Talented Musical Leadership

By Margaret Coakley & Pastor Susan

The occasion happened during Sunday worship announcements on June 26th – it was an appreciation for Ben Berman, our Choir Director & Organist and Erie Beemsterboer, our volunteer Bell Choir Director.

Janet and Margaret presented flowers and a card signed by the choir and bell choir. We wanted to thank them so much for their contribution to the musical life and ministry of the church.

Before now, we had done something during choir rehearsal, but for the past two years we have made the presentation before the church. Since we all enjoy the beautiful music during worship, all of us want to express our gratefulness for their gifts and devotion.

About Susan Kramer-Mills

Susan Kramer-Mills' journey as a pastor has led her to a variety of places. Before attending McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago she was a Volunteer-in-Mission for two years West Berlin, Germany. After returning to the United States and graduating from seminary, she returned with her husband Hartmut to Germany. From 1990 to 1992 she was campus chaplain and registrar at Naumburg Seminary in former East Germany. With the closing of the seminary she assumed the pastorate for the yoked congregations of Stoessen, Goerschen and Rathewitz in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. At the same time she taught Religious Instruction at two public elementary schools until 1998. During this time she was assigned six additional congregations to the original three. In 1998, she received a call as Associate Pastor to Trinity Presbyterian Church in East Brunswick, New Jersey. She served in that position until 2000, when she and her husband accepted a call as co-pastors to First Reformed Church in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Since April 1, 2004, Rev. Kramer-Mills has also been working part-time as Classis Minister to the Classis of New Brunswick.
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