Winter 2016
Dear NBTS Alumni,
   In May of 1976 I became an alumnus of New Brunswick Seminary.  I have been thinking a great deal recently about how different the seminary was forty years ago.  When Vicki and I arrived in the late summer of 1974 there were about fifty students, most of them were male, most RCA, almost all of us were residential and just out of college.  As you well know, the Seminary of 2016 is dramatically different, and yet the same.  Most of our students are commuters, many are second career or bi-vocational, about 70% of our students are people of color, more than half are women, and one out of every five students were born outside the United States.
    What happened?  The creation of the Evening Theological Program in the 1970s under the leadership of then President Howard Hageman, made theological education more accessible through evening courses.  We became more contextual and richly diverse because of the presence of a growing number of candidates from a multitude of denominations in the New York metropolitan area.  A new strategy helped create a new seminary!  
At the same time, the core values and vision that founded the seminary in 1784, making theological education more accessible in the new world, was a strong and durable foundation for this new seminary.  We journeyed into a new future through a remarkable past. 
We are grateful that you have remained loyal to our mission and filled with affection for our community of faith and learning.  May God walk with you in this Lenten journey which will lead us back to the cross and forward through an empty tomb filled with resurrection hope.

Dr. Gregg Mast
President, NBTS

Alumni/ae News

Rev. David Bruce Alexander (M.Div '80) received the Order of Brilliant Star with Violet Grand Cordon by the President of Taiwan. 

Kent Busman  (M.Div '92) was featured in the Time Union article " Faces of Faith: A new house full of hope and joy."

Lesley Devereaux,  (M.Div '07, D.Min. '13) Adjunct Professor teaching Servant Leadership for Certification Program at NBTS, is the newly appointed Pastor of Trinity AME Church in Long Branch New Jersey. 

Jan Fritzinger   (M.Div '14) is the new chaplain at the Putnam Hospital Center, Carmel.

Carl Lazzaro  (M.Div '67) was the the guest speaker at a meeting of  The Hardyston (NJ) Republican Club.

Marie Mainard O'Connell (M.Div '11) is now the Coordinator of the Little Rock YAV. YAV stands for Young Adult Volunteer program of the Presbyterian Church (USA). 

Daniel Plasman  (M.Div '80) published a book on daily reflections of the book of Luke:  Jesus, a Life Daily Reflections on the Gospel of Luke.

Rev. Patricia Singletary (M.Div '95, D. Min. '10) was featured in the NY Times article  "Discovery of Burial Ground Backs a Less Conventional Version of Harlem's History" by David Dunlap.

Rev. Dr. Felecia Smith (M.Div '09) has been voted in as pastor of the Parkchester Baptist Church in the Bronx, New York.

Rich Williams,  (M.Div '77)New Mexico MainStreet Director, has been elected to a three-year term of the Executive Council of National Main Street Directors of state, urban and countywide programs. 

Rev. Mashona Walston (M.Div '03) is now the Minister For Children, Families at Tarrytown's Old Dutch Church.

Rev.  Maudelin Willock (M.Div '13) was ordained as Minister of Mission & Outreach at Grace Reformed Church, Brooklyn, NY.

Staff & Faculty News

Hak Joon Lee, former Professor of Christian Ethics at NBTS was installed as the Lewis B. Smedes Professor of Christian Ethics at Fuller Theological Seminary.

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

John De Velder (M.Div. '68)

Rev. Albert Thurman Elswick  (M.Div. '68)
Click here to read his Obituary.

Rev. Martha L. McCracken  (M.Div. '86)

Rev. Robert P. Meyer  (M.Div. '08)

Rev. Glenn Miller ( M.Div. '80)

Rev. Charles G. Olah 

Rev. Donald S. Pangburn  (M.Div. '59)

Rev. C. Davis Robinson, III  (M.Div. '54)

Information Sessions
Attending an Information Session at New Brunswick Theological Seminary is a great way to uncover how God's call on your life and a theological education at NBTS come together. Learn about our programs of study, the admissions requirements, and the community of scholars and learners who make up NBTS. Sit in on a class and meet with faculty and staff that are passionate about transformative and engaging theological education.

At Our NJ Campus:
35 Seminary Place
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1196

(Click the date/time for more info)
RSVP: Call Celia Galorenzo at 732-247-5241 Ext. 307 or email for more information.

At Our NY Campus:
New Brunswick Theological Seminary at St. John's University
8000 Utopia Parkway
Queens, New York 11439

RSVP: For New York, call Faye Taylor at 718-990-6000 or email for more information.

The Arabian Mission Experience:
an Anthropological Approach

February 18 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

A Conversation About the RCA's Arabian Mission with Jerzy Zdanowski, a historian and Arabist and a Professor of Middle Eastern Studies at the Institute of Mediterranean and Oriental Cultures at the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw/Poland. He was a Senior Fulbright Scholar at the Rutgers University and a recipient of the Kuwaiti and Jordanian Governments grants and the "haut niveau," the French Government fellowship (La Maison MediterranĂ©enne des Sciences de l'Homme, Aix-en-Provence). His presentation is based on documents from the archives of Hope College in Holland, Michigan, NBTS, and the Archives of the Reformed Church in America. He also visited The Presbyterian Historical Society in Philadelphia (PA),The Library of the Princeton Theological Seminary, The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary in NYC, and The Al Amana Centre in Muscat.

The suggested donation for lunch is $10.00/person, free for all NBTS students, faculty, and staff. 

RSVP to if you plan to attend.
35 Seminary Place
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1196

The Albert A. Smith Lecture

February 25 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Kate Lynch, a New York-based researcher, educator, and philosopher, will present the results of her research on "The Reformed Church, Rutgers, and the Revolution." Colonel Theunis Dey, a charter member of Queens College (Rutgers), a member of the New Jersey Assembly and colonel of the Bergen County Militia, and a host to Gen. Washington and his "family" (Hamilton, Greene, Knox, LaFayette, Varick and the Schuylers), embodied the spirit of religious and political independence as a fourth generation Dutch-American. Many of Dey's sons and daughters and other Dutch-Americans who fought in his regiment carried their religion with them to western New York, founding Reformed Churches in the 1820s in Lodi, Ovid, and Tyre in Seneca County whose ministers were graduates of the NBTS.

The suggested donation for lunch is $10.00/person, free for all NBTS students, faculty, and staff. 

RSVP to by Monday, February 22, 2016 if you plan to attend.
35 Seminary Place
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1196

David Alexander is a long-time RCA missionary to Taiwan who was recently awarded the Order of the Brilliant Star with Violet Grand Cordon from Taiwan's president Ma Ying-jeou, an award normally given to Taiwan citizens (and occasionally to foreigners) in recognition of a high degree of service to the nation over many years.  He will talk about his work at Tainan Theological College and Seminary, where he teaches practical theology and language courses, and at Aletheia University, where he teaches translation skills to undergraduate students.

The suggested donation for dinner is $15.00/person, free for all NBTS students, faculty, and staff. 

RSVP to by Monday, February 22, 2016 if you plan to attend.
35 Seminary Place
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1196

Pondering and Imagining Reformed Worship

April 14 @ 10:00 am  -  3:00 pm
NBTS faculty members Jaeseung Cha and Allan Janssen, President Gregg Mast, and Daniel Meeter, pastor of Old First Reformed Church in Brooklyn, will reflect on liturgy as drama, liturgy as part of church order, and the Sacraments of the Lord's Supper and Baptism in Reformed Worship, and David Alexander, Poppen-Young Fellow in Reformed Worship for 2016-17, will present his adaptations of Taiwanese indigenous hymnody for English-speaking RCA congregations. A time of creative Reformed worship will begin the day.

Registration for this conference will be $15.00/person, and will include lunch.   Free for all NBTS students, faculty, and staff.

RSVP to by Monday, April 11, 2016 if you plan to attend.
35 Seminary Place
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1196

Mark Kraai Lecture - "The Changing Face of Urban Ministry"

April 30 @ 10:00 am  -  3:00 pm
Please join us for the Mark Kraai Lecture entitled "The Changing Face of Urban Ministry" with The Rev. Dr. James Alexander Forbes, Jr., Senior Minister Emeritus of The Riverside Church in the City of New York, The Harry Emerson Fosdick Distinguished Professor at Union Theological Seminary, and President of the Healing of the Nations Foundation.

More details will be posted on the website as they are available. 
New Brunswick Theological Seminary at St. John's University
8000 Utopia Parkway
Queens, New York 11439

Call Faye Taylor at 718-990-6000 or email for more information.

For more information about these or any of our other events or classes, please visit our website at
Please keep us current about your career and contact information! You can update your profile information by clicking here.   Also, please share your news - ordinations, books, daily inspirations, concerns, and photos - with the community by sending them to Ramona Larsen, at and on the  NBTS Facebook page.

New Brunswick Theological Seminary is committed to training Christian leaders who are called to serve the local church, community and the world. Your contributions and generous gifts enable us to provide academic programs at the highest level of excellence. We covet your prayers, generous gifts, and partnerships in this mission.
New Brunswick Theological Seminary
35 Seminary Place 
New Brunswick, NJ 08901