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March 2014  

Save the Date!!!


New Brunswick Theological Seminary invites graduates and spouses  of the honor Alumni classes that are marking the 60th, 50th, 40th, 30th, 25th, 20th , 10th and 5th anniversary of your graduation from New Brunswick Theological Seminary!


If you are a member of the Class of 1954, 1964, 1974, 1984, 1989, 1994, 2004 or 2009, the Seminary would like to help you mark this occasion in a special way. Come and reconnect with old friends and recapture the spirit of your NBTS experience! Save the dates and make plans to attend the 2014 Alumni/ae Reunion during Commencement Weekend, Friday, May 16th, and Saturday, May 17th.   


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Alumni Updates
Jeanie Manson
(class of 2012)
received a seed grant for the PCUSA
1,001 New Worshiping Communities! So, Murmuration Ministry, which is an "emergent church" type of church community in Atlantic County, NJ meets in various bars, cafes, and diners in this very diverse county. From urban Atlantic City, its small suburban area, and the farms and pinelands further out, Murmuration is a place where theological discussion can happen freely, without fear of "wrong answers" or being judged, in the places where folk go to just be themselves! A fuller description of how we work is on the website.

Herb Thomas (class of 2010)

Has been selected as the interim pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Red Bank, NJ to begin in April. This is the former church of The Reverend Dr. Dwight Crist Northington who was an adjunct professor at NBTS from 1998 until 2007.


Doug Brown (class of 2010)

Pastor of a new church start--Asbury Park Community Church, a United Church of Christ Congregation.  They gathered for most of last summer and fall on the front porch of the Parsonage in Asbury Park and called it Porch Church--it was a great success. Doug remains involved in the New Brunswick area and is on the Board of Directors for Rutgers Protestant Campus Ministry and truly loves the work he does with them. He is returning to Uganda for his 6th summer with Sylvia's Children, a humanitarian organization that builds up small village and town infrastructure (schools, medical clinics, farming, wells, solar energy) to promote education, well-being an economic sustainability among the people.  


Danielle Brown (Class of 2010)

Completed her DMIN in May of 2013 at Palmer Seminary and continues to serve as Pastor of Church Life at Cathedral International in Perth Amboy, NJ.  This semester she is on the adjunct faculty at New York Theological Seminary.    


Ordinations & Installations

Esteban Santana III, (class of 2007)
was ordained by Cathedral International and the American Baptist Churches of New Jersey on Sunday, January 26th at 4:00pm at Cathedral International.  Esteban came to Cathedral International during his Supervised Ministry and established their Spanish Ministry.  That ministry has grown into what is now known as Iglesia Catedral Internacional, a growing and vibrant congregation. 





Glynis Evette Garcia (Class of 2013) was licensed on October 18, 2013.  She came to Iglesia Catedral Internacional  to be mentored by Pastor Esteban Santana during her Supervised Ministry at NBTS. Not only did she engage in almost every possible ministry opportunity extended, she also made IC her home.  She serves in various capacities and is a blessing to the congregation. 




Alumni Books



Memoir by Robert Mitchell(class of 1997)

You don't want to miss Bob's colorful story about his thirty-plus years of singing opera in New York with companies few folks know about. Look for it. You'll never forget his story! Click here to purchase from Amazon. 





Rev. Dr. Kenneth D. Vos, (class of 1955)
has announced the publication of his autobiography, Up The Hayloft Ladder. Dr. Vos shares his personal philosophy and interest in the history of ideas as well as his passion for activities which include maple sugaring, hunting, softball and collecting early American antiques. Click here to purchase from Amazon



Giving for the Lives Lived in Our Midst

Rev. Dr. James Seawood


Former Dean of students at NBTS will be remembered at our First Things First Worship Service at 6:20 pm on Monday, March 24th at the New Brunswick Campus.  Please join us for this special tribute.  Read more on the life of Dr. Seawood.  



Rev. John Drost  (class of 1960)

Died on Nov 26, 2013, Jan Pelgrom Drost was born in Nijmegen, Netherlands on Nov 17, 1927. When John was 25 he immigrated to Canada. as a "field man" for the Reformed Church working out of Hamilton, Ontario. Later as a member of First Reformed Church of Hamilton he studied for the ministry at Hope College in Michigan and then New Brunswick Seminary, New Jersey. John worked on weekends at First Reformed Church, Hackensack where he met his wife Joan Van Riper. They married and in 1960 they moved to Lethbridge, Alberta. They have 2 daughters. John with Joan at his side served congregations in Montreal, Wainfleet and Stoney Creek and as director of Camp Shalom. In 2004, Joan & Joan returned to Hamilton and the church of his early immigrant years, Westdale Reformed Church.


Gladys Faye Cordes, 91, of Pekin passed away Dec 4, 2013, at Pekin Hospital. She is the widow of Ralph Cordes (class of 1946)  Click here to read more.  


Building a New Future!

As the progression of the new building continues, we wanted to thank those that have contributed to our "Building a New Future" Comprehensive Campaign. Without your generosity, these new endeavors would not be possible. We invite all of our alumni to be a part in this great venture. Contributions to the Campaign will help to advance the experience of future and current students here at the Seminary. For more details and ways to give, please click here.

Job Openings
Position Title:  Recruiter- New York/ New Jersey Regions
Accountable to: Coordinator of Student Services
Status: Full Time

Summary Description: As an ambassador of the Seminary's mission, the Recruiter educates prospective seminarians to New Brunswick Theological Seminary degree and certificate programs through targeted contacts with congregations, denominations, and schools; advises applicants in selecting their areas of study; and helps to secure tuition underwriting from congregations and denominations.
Click here for more information.
First Things First Worship Services 
Join us for our "First Things First" Special Worship Services to start off our B Term on the New Brunswick Campus.

Monday, March 24, 2014, 6:20pm - Tribute to The Rev. James Seawood
Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 6:20pm - Service by the Anti-Racism Transformational Team

Wednesday, April 2, 2014, Open House

5:00pm - 8:30pm
On both the New York and New Jersey Campus
Come Join us and see what the future of Theological Education has in store for you!  Click here for more information

July 1-15, 2014 International Summer School of Theology
VU University Amsterdam and The Protestant Theological University, The Netherlands
Email Dr. Allan Janssen with any questions at Click here for more information
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