June 30, 2017
Dear NBTS Alumni/ae,
 
            I have been thinking a great deal about the first time I left New Brunswick as a recent graduate in 1976.  My mind and heart were filled with anxiety about what would happen in the ministry to which I had been called in Johannesburg, South Africa and the years following.  Would I be ready and prepared?  I am not sure any of us are ever ready and fully prepared, but we learn that we are not alone in our work and look to God and friends to carry us along.

              Now, I will be leaving NBTS again.  While I am not feeling much anxiety, I am certainly curious about what the next years may hold for Vicki and me.  And the lesson from the early years of my 41-year ministry remain, remember you are not alone but are held by the One who created you and by many who hold you in their affection.

            I have every hope that you will extend to our new president, Dr. Micah McCreary, the same support and care you have so generously shared with me. May God continue to bless this deeply rooted and relevant seminary as we form a new generation of leaders for the church and the world!

Gregg Mast

Welcome to our newest Alumni/ae!!

The graduating class of 2017: 
 
MASTER OF ARTS
Barbara R. Brown
Keith R. Goellner
Ronald Hiles
Ella K. Laster
Kelvin D. Pleasant
 
MASTER OF DIVINITY
Jessica A. Cannon
Loretta Carson
Marlo Davis Woods
Lewis J.Dixon
Valerie R. Dupree
Cassandra D. Foster
Gwendolyn O. Hinton
Jeweldean Lawson
Fanco P. Juricic
Allen C. Mitchell
Shemaj Y. Ragin
Kurt K. Richards
Clive O. Sang
Faykitta E. Scott
Yo Sop Shin
Mark Terranova
Monique Wheeler
Barry E. Wise
 
DOCTOR OF MINISTRY
Cheryl L. Auguste
Ellen R. Canty-McEachern 
Bishop R. Greene
Arthur O. Hall, Jr. 
Joy R. Lynch
Dorothy Jean Jones 
James R. Krombholz
Sanghoon S. Park 
Louise Ragin
Joanne Van Sant

Alumni News

Dr. Gregg Mast, President of NBTS since January of 2006, and a member of the Class of 1976, has retired as of the end of June.  Gregg and Vicki will return to the Albany, NY area where Gregg served for 15 years as the Senior Minister of the First Church in Albany.  He leaves with a deep sense of gratitude for the opportunity to have served the seminary, which formed him for a lifetime of ministry.
 
Congratulations to NBTS graduate Rev. Anthony Maimone (M.Div. 2015) of The First Presbyterian Church of Tuckerton as he welcomes a growing congregation.
 

Congratulations to another NBTS graduate, Rev. Dr. L.L. DuBreuil (D.Min. 2009). The Township of Union honored her as "Woman of the Year" during their Women's History Month Kickoff event on March 8.
 

Rev. Mark Ennis (M.Div. 1984) of Clinton Avenue Reformed Church of Bergenfield is reaching out to connect with the changing community.
 

Rev. Dr. Angela M. Battle , ( M.Div. 2010), has been assigned as Pastor at Bethel AME Church, Pennington, NJ, and recently published a book entitled, "Unwrap Your Gift," which can be found on  Amazon.com
 
Congratulations to Debbie Pierce (M.Div. 2016) ! Her ordination to Minister of Word & Sacrament in the Reformed Church in America and installation as Associate Minister at Ponds Reformed Church took place on January 8.
 

In Memoriam
It is with great sorrow that we report to you the news of the passing of our friends, colleagues, classmates, and their spouses.

The Reverend Frederick Mold, Jr. (NBTS 1985) passed away peacefully with his loving family by his side on June 16, one day shy of his 91st birthday. Rev. Mold earned a Masters of Divinity from New Brunswick Theological Seminary. He was Vice President of New Brunswick Theological Seminary (1978-1985) where he also taught Reformed Church Studies in practical theology, church polity and pastoral administration until 2002, when he became adjunct professor emeritus. For The Reformed Church in America, Rev. Mold was stated clerk of the Classis of New Brunswick (1957-2011) and the Regional Synod of the Mid-Atlantics (1990-2010), and served on The Board of North American Missions and the General Synod Commission of Judicial Business.
 
Donations in his memory may be made to The Reverend Frederick Mold, Jr. & Doris Sethman Mold Scholarship for Reformed Church in America Students at New Brunswick Theological Seminary, 35 Seminary Place, New Brunswick, NJ 08901 - OR - to your favorite charity in Reverend Mold's memory.
 

Rev. Jared van Wagenen (NBTS 1962), 80, peacefully went to be with his Lord on  Saturday, May 13th . Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Rev. van Wagenen to Catskill Area Hospice, 542 Main St., Oneonta, NY 13820.


T he Reverend Ruth A. Fries Robbins (NBTS 1986) passed away on Friday, May 5, 2017. Rev. Ruth was chairperson of Social Action Commission of the RCA from 1985-1990. In lieu of flowers, donations are greatly appreciated in Rev. Ruth's memory to unicefusa.orgACLU.org or Philabundance, 3616 S. Galloway St., Philadelphia, PA 19148.


Dr. Reverend Gregory A. Oross (NBTS 1954) passed away peacefully on Palm Sunday, April 9, 2017. For more information or to post a tribute, please visit www.neary-quinnfuneralhome.com .  
 
 
Reverend Robert "Bob" Wayne Barrowclough (NBTS 1965) died peacefully on Sunday, March 19, surrounded by his wife and two children.  

 
Rodney Koopmans (NBTS 1971) died early March 15, 2017.

 
Jan Walter van Arsdale (NBTS 1965) passed away on February 28, 2017.

 
Arvin W. Roos (NBTS 1949) of Minneapolis, a WWII veteran, pastor and family man, died Feb 26, 2017 at age 77. Donations may be directed to Strasburg Reformed Church or the World Wildlife Fund.
 

Reverend William H. Jewett (NBTS 1955), age 86, died Monday, December 26, 2016.

 
Rev. Louis O. Springsteen (NBTS 1953) passed away on Thursday, December 22, 2016, at age 90. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to Valley Hospice or the charity of your choice.

 
Barbara Ann Williams Henseler , 85, died peacefully, surrounded by family members, on Thursday, December 15, 2016.  She was the widow of
Rev. Warren J. Henseler (NBTS 1950). Memorial contributions may be made in Barbara's memory to the Reformed Church in America Global Mission.

 
Rev. Donald Robert Baird (NBTS 1958), 82, passed away on December 7, 2016. 


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