Progress on the Sexton’s House

Who would have thought that the unusual color combination from our historic architect Margaret Westfield would create such a pleasant sight? But you are right, the color combination alone did not do it. It needed the helping hands of all of us, who spent a Saturday morning here and there trying to apply it.

Oh, all that scraping, heat-gunning, priming and painting! Oh, and all the early hours on Saturdays when work starts at 8:30 a.m.! And, yes, there were times when our local know-how was insufficient. That’s when Ty from ISP became indispensible, and Paul Nulton from the Regional Synod of the Mid-Atlantics.

Together, we repaired the foundation, replaced a basement widow, repaired some of the woodwork and primed and painted as if we were getting paid.


What we have now is not yet complete. Many more months are needed. However, already now the house is sending its signal to the community: This is a church that loves authentic things and is not afraid to substantiate the claim with a good day’s work.

And so I want to thank the Property Committee, and in particular Lauren, Gary, and Lolly, for being so involved with this project throughout this spring and summer.

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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