Celebrating What We Have to Offer

A colleague asked me recently what reasons I give people when I invite them to First Reformed Church. The answer is easy: I invite because I am convinced of our heritage, of the way we worship and of the people who are in ministry together here at the church. I also said that, without more members, our way of being church cannot survive. Then, the Christian world would be a lot poorer. When you look at the pictures of our Dutch Dancers from Sinter klaas a few weeks ago, you can easily see what I mean. Pictures are so much more eloquent than words! They show people having fun, costumes that reflect ancient Dutch tradition and the rough backdrop of the interior of a barn reminding us that life is real and not just a virtual reality. Once you share in these observations, I think you might agree that it is indispensable what our church has to offer to the community.

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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