John Burkhalter and His Recorders

It was an unusual recital when John Burkhalter literally covered the Holy Table with his astonishing collection of recorders. One was made from wood now over 300 years old; others were copies of particular historic instrument, and one came from the collection of a Dutch ambassador. Mr. Burkhalter played short pieces from the 17th and 18th centuries, interspersed with information and anecdotes on the piece or the instrument. It was a feat for the children from the Livingston School. Many of them are playing their own instruments and were able to ask very educated questions during the following lunch.

We also honored Janet Waanders on this last recital of the year. Janet spends endless hours in developing the program, contacting and engaging the musicians, and writing the grant for it. And then comes the reporting end of it! We are blessed by Janet’s enthusiasm and diligence.

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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