The Ordination of Peter Connolly

Whenever we pray over someone on the occasion of his or her ordination to one of the offices of the church, it is a special moment. You may wonder why, because contrary to other traditions in our Reformed understanding the offices of deacon, elder and pastor do not constitute a permanent change in the person’s character. You enter an office, you fill it with God’s help, and then you step back and let someone else continue.

But look at the postures and faces in the accompanying pictures, and you will realize that my theological correctness is somewhat theoretical. Something is happening there! And it is important for us to carry the memory of these Spirit-filled moments whenever we give witness of what it means for us to belong to the Church of Jesus Christ.

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When Peter was ordained and installed to the office of deacon, we also reinstalled Fawn and Josh to the same office, and Liz and Lolly to the office of Elder. May God bless them all as they continue to serve on our Consistory!

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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