Changes on Holy Hill

Most likely, you have seen this already online and in the paper. However, since the reconfiguration of our New Brunswick seminary’s campus has historic dimensions, it is important that it does not pass by unobserved in our church’s newsletter. Great are the ties between the two institutions, and the synchronicity of reconfiguring both, the campus as well as our sanctuary, is certainly noteworthy.

The Seminary’s groundbreaking ceremony took place over the summer. On September 19, Rutgers University followed with Governor Christie and other dignitaries speaking. I attended as pastor, but also as a member of City Market, the City’s non-profit entrusted with some of the development of downtown New Brunswick.

In all the anticipation of a new future for Reformed theology, ministry and outreach in a new age, the pictures also convey a sense of the loss of an era past. As beautiful and much needed as the new buildings will be, it would not be very sensitive, if we did not feel sadness over the demolition of the old ones at the same time. The more we acknowledge this dichotomy, the more we understand the hard work of all the groups and individuals involved to make this all come true.

Editor’s Note: New Brunswick Theological Seminary is also our benevolence of the month for October. Please consider a donation to this great seminary.

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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