Presidents’ Dinner

As a relatively small denomination, the Reformed Church in America offers the great advantage that our denominational leadership is never far away. Geography may not have changed, but in an age of frequent flier miles, Skype and the possibility of webinars, this is hardly an issue. More important is the fact that we are small enough to meet, in whatever form, and to be remembered the next time. In our denomination, you will always be more than a number. And there are many opportunities to put this to put this statement to the test.

On March 14th, Sherri Novack, Ben Berman and I took a chance and followed an invitation to the Fort Washington Collegiate Church in Manhattan. We wanted to take part in a somewhat historic moment when the presidents of our three denominational colleges came together here on the East Coast to nurture the relationships with our students and churches here. You are not sure you know our colleges? They are all located in the Midwest: Hope College in Holland, MI; Central College in Pella, IA and Northwestern College in Orange City, IA. The picture shows the three presidents during a question and answer session with students and parents.

The evening was fun and informative. We had a chance to talk with some of our national leaders, enjoyed a great Dominican dinner, as well as a step-dance and rap performance by ensembles of the Fort Washington Church. There was even opportunity for a picture with our retiring General Secretary Wesley Granberg-Michaelson. We also enjoyed the historic surroundings of the church. It is part of the famous Collegiate Corporation of the Manhattan’s Reformed churches. In driving home, we agreed: it was a worthwhile journey to the center of who we are as a wider church.

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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