Stuff They Didn’t Teach at Seminary

Just look at the attached picture and enjoy the sight! If you ever grew up with a sandbox filled with plastic bulldozers and cranes, then you will find pleasure in the lifesize versions here at First Reformed Church. The picture shows a drill rig that made a hole twenty feet deep for the installation of a groundwater well at the site of our former oil tank. The well will provide data on groundwater contamination and is mandated by Department of Environmental Protection.

Originally, we had prepared for a much larger rig, but various circumstances forced the company, PREFERRED TANK SERVICES, to reconsider. This had the added side effect that coordination with MASONRY PRESERVATION GROUP, our general contractor, became much easier — MPG’s scaffolding was no longer in the way.

I thought to myself, “Where did they teach this at seminary?” I must have spoken out loud, for Brian Housted, MPG’s foreman, grinned and said, “We all know you skipped that class!”

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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