Mary Coakley and Brian Fields Get Married!

A child of our church but now living in New York City for years, Mary Coakley was married to Brian Fields on Saturday, June 4 , at Trinity Lutheran Church in Manhattan. It was a beautiful service; it opened with Bach’s Sonatas for Viola da Gamba. Edith Coakley Stowe played the viola, accompanied by Horace Beasley on the piano.

Several couples from our church were in attendance, and, as oftentimes on occasions like these, we were amazed about the passage of time that manifested itself in Mary and Brian entering established life together.

You might also be interested to know that Trinity Lutheran was apparently undergoing similar decision-making processes as we have done here in New Brunswick. The church has embarked on a comprehensive preservation project and is deeply involved in raising the necessary funds. The congregation has also pondered the possibility of affordable housing in their sanctuary.

But in their case, it would have meant to dedicate the entire sanctuary to this cause and to build a new church elsewhere. Understandably, the congregation decided against this.

We wish Mary and Brian and their church God’s richest blessings for a good future. May the church be built up at the same time as Mary and Brian build their marriage!

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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