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Thank You Alumni
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Giving Thanks for the Lives Lived in Our Midst
Special Events
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August 2015  

Dear NBTS Alumni,

We hope you are having a relaxing, pleasant summer filled with family and joyous memories.  As the Fall 2015 Semester approaches, we wanted to share with you the news of your fellow alumni and the NBTS special events on the horizon.
Thank You Alumni!
We would like to thank the Alumni who participated in the 2015 NBTS Graduation events. Your presence, life experiences and successes are inspiring to students, graduates and our community.  With the great efforts of The Rev. Dr. John E. Hiemstra, we were especially grateful that four members of the Honor Class of 1955 were able to celebrate their 60th Alumni year.   
Left to Right: The Rev. David W. Jurgens, The Rev. Dr. Donald A. Boulton,  The Rev. Bruce G. Freeman and  
The Rev. Kenneth Vos  
Alumni News

Rev. Dr. Norma Fair-Brown, NBTS Alum '13 celebrated her ABCNJ Ordination on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at New Hope Baptist Church, Hackensack, NJ. Rev. Dr. M. Frances Manning-Fontaine is her pastor.

Left to Right: Rev. Dr. David Haddorff, Rev. Ronald Beresford & Rev. Dr. Fred Mueller, NBTS Alum '75 
Rev. Mr. Ronald "Bud" Beresford, NBTS Alum '14
was ordained on Sunday, March 1, 2015 at Hillsborough Reformed Church at Millstone, Hillsborough, NJ to the Office of Minister of Word and Sacrament by the Reverend Classis of Delaware-Raritan of the Reformed Church of America. Bud was also installed as the Pastor and Teacher of the Reformed Church at Finderne, Bridgewater, NJ on Sunday, June 28, 2015.


Rev. Richard E. Arline,
NBTS Alum '15
will be ordained on Sunday, August 23, 2015 at Somerset
Baptist Church, Somerset, NJ.   


Rev. Charles Anker,
NBTS Alum '63 
retired from the pastorate of the  Church in the Forest (Pebble Beach. CA - an independent congregation) 
on December 31, 2014.  He held the position of associate pastor for twelve years.  His ministry had included positions at The Church of the Wayfarer in Carmel (United Methodist), earlier positions at the 1st UMC in Santa Monica and positions in the Silicon Valley. His earlier pastorates  
had included stints in Fort Edward, and Kingston, NY.  He was married to the former Barbara Dykstra who died and their son also died (he at age 10). He lives with his  wife, (Alida Schokkers) in Carmel, CA.

Revs. Craig and Jan Hoffman NBTS Alums '78 & '79,
retired from the First Reformed Church of Scotia at the end of June 2015.  Click here to read more.

Rev. Marcia Grayson, Alum '11

retired from the Monmouth County Sheriff's Department - Corrections Division on  March 1,2015 after 25 years of faithful service. 

Other News:

On February 25, 2015,
President Mast welcomed Paul and Cindy Wackerbarth. During their visit, Paul shared stories about his late father   Rev. Henry Philip Wacherbarth, NBTS Alum '32.  He then presented Dr. Mast with his father's diploma which will be preserved in the Seminary Archives.

Rev. Wilfredo Rodriquez, NBTS Alum '94,  
now works at  the Rutgers Focus Wellness Center in Newark and is helping veterans receive health care and mental health assistance. Click here to read more.  

Rev. Dr. Gabriel Salguero, NBTS Alum '01, and President of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition urged its 3,000 member congregations to work to end capital punishment.  Click here to read more. 

Rev. Dr. Daniel Meeter, NBTS Alum '80, and NBTS Adjunct Professor as well as Senior Pastor of Old First Reformed Church in Brooklyn, NY w as honored as one of Avodah's Extraordinary Leaders.  The celebration of it's Local Partners in Justice was held on June 9th, 2015 at the Green Building in Brooklyn, NY.  

Rev. Wilbur Brandli, NBTS Alum '49 and wife, Gloria, were named 2015 White Pigeon Citizens of the Year.  The couple arrived in White Pigeon in November 1968, coming from Paterson, NJ. The couple was honored during "Summertime Tunes" at Wade Park and they also lead the White Pigeon parade on July 10, 2015. Click here to read more.

Giving Thanks for the Lives Lived in Our Midst
Rev. William M. Cameron Jr., 80, passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 26, 2015, at home surrounded by his loving family. William graduated from Hope College, Holland, Mich. in 1957, New Brunswick Theological Seminary in 1960, and State University of New York at Albany in 1981. William answered the call to serve the Lord in 1960. He served faithfully at First Church in Albany from 1960 to 1981 and The First Reformed Church of College Point, N.Y. from 1981
to 2000. Click here for more.

Rev. Richard V. Coffill, passed away on May 16, 2015. He graduated from Hope College in 1954 and married classmate Elaine Ford the day after graduation. Coffill then graduated from New Brunswick Theological Seminary in 1957 and was ordained in the Reformed Church of America.
Click here to read more.

Rev. George Fiencke, passed away on April 9, 2015. George enrolled in the New Brunswick Theological Seminary, in New Brunswick, NJ, where he received his Master of Divinity degree in May of 1975. He was ordained a month later by the Reverend Dr. Charles Copenhaver as a Dutch Reformed Minister at the Dutch Reformed Church of Bronxville, NY, on June 23, 1975.
Click here to read more.

Rev. Richard Skoog, passed away on March 12, 2015. 
In 1953 Richard earned a Bachelor of Divinity from New Brunswick Theological Seminary and later on a Master of Divinity from the Seminary.   Click here to read more.

Rev. John Walchenbach,
passed away peacefully after a short illness with his family at his bedside on January 25, 2015.
He graduated from New Brunswick Seminary in 1960 and served Hopewell Reform Church. Click here to read more.  

Special Events

New Student Orientation

Orientation for new students will take place Saturday, August 22, 8:45am-3:00pm. The combined orientation will welcome students to the MA/MDiv, DMin, and Certificate programs. Continental breakfast and lunch will be served. We look forward to seeing everyone.

"First Things First" Special Worship Services

New Brunswick Campus - Mast Chapel

Wednesday, September 2, 2015 6:00pm - Rev. Dr. Gregg Mast, NBTS President, First Evening of the Semester and the Presentation of the Esther Award

Thursday, September 3, 2015, 6:00pm - TBD

Tuesday, September 8, 2015 6:00pm - Rev. Dr. Jerry Sanders, Senior Pastor, Foundation Baptist Church, Summit, NJ

New York Campus - St. John's University

Wednesday, September 2, 2015 6:00pm - Rev. Donna Field, Minister of Outreach,  The Community Reformed Church of Manhasset, NY

Thursday, September 3, 2015 6:00pm - Rev. Dr. Gregg Mast, NBTS President

Tuesday, September 8, 2015 6:00pm - Rev. Cheryl Auguste, Bridge Street AME Church, Brooklyn, NY

NBTS and dfree® Financial Freedom Movement for Faith & Finance Saturday Seminar & Special Sessions

Saturday, September 19, 2015, from 8:00am-12:00pm -
NBTS and dfree┬« invite clergy, leaders, and the community at large to participate in in solutions-based, interactive sessions about one of the leading problems facing our families, congregations, and communities - FINANCIAL FREEDOM!  The cost of the seminar is underwritten by the Lilly Endowment, Inc. free of charge.
Please RSVP at:

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 6:00-8:00pm
New Brunswick Theological Seminary
35 Seminary Place 
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Thursday, October 1, 2015 6:00-8:00pm  
St. John's University
St. John's Hall, Room B36
8000 Utopia Parkway
Queens, NY 11439

SAVE THE DATE! Reformed Church Center 15th Anniversary Celebration, Saturday, October 31, 2015. More details to come...
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Take a virtual tour here and see our new building. Click to take a look! 

Our new building is the perfect setting for your conference, retreat or meeting. If you are interested in renting space, please contact Yasha People at or call 732-247-5241 Ext. 103.

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