Staying Connected

On Saturday, May 19, Norma and Ron Vande Bunte and Susan and I drove down to Beverly, NJ for a long awaited visit with Rev. Dr. Wilbur and Mrs. Marie Washington. It was a surprise visit, and we did not know that Wilbur had arranged to be at the commencement ceremony at New Brunswick Theological Seminary. It was, of course, the 60th anniversary of his graduation from the seminary and must have been a deep experience for those who witnessed it.

We, on the other hand, had a lovely visit with Marie. We brought with us a DVD that was filmed during one of our Sunday School lessons when the children were preparing a special greeting card and song for the Washingtons. Together in Beverly, we talked about the enormous span of time Wilbur and Marie were able to experience and influence. In all this change, we celebrated the continuity of our faith and the denomination in which it takes place. Twenty-four years ago, Wilbur was elected the first African-American president of our General Synod.

We are honored to have Wilbur and Mary as a part of our community here at First Reformed 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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