November 2013 Alumni Newsletter
The construction of NBTS' new 30,000 square foot seminary building is Phase 1 of the $300 million project to redesign College Avenue and revitalize the heart of Rutgers University's New Brunswick campus. See the raising of the chapel roof, the moving of the John Suydam statue and find out more about the overall project
|Click on the photo to see a time-lapse video of the first round of construction. |
Then, visit youtube to see the raising of the chapel roof!
|ON TARGET FOR COMPLETION IN FALL 2014: |
Our New Seminary Building Takes Shape!
Alumni in Action
| Chaplain Wilfredo |
Rodriguez (Class of 1994), seen
here on the fair left with his
camo-stole, ministers to people in combat in Afghanistan.
As a Lieutenant Commander and chaplain in the
United States Navy, Wilfredo Rodriguez ministers to
combat soldiers of all countries-French, Belgians,
Germans, Australians, Canadians, Slovakians,
Romanians, and also to the Afghan people
He is the only chaplain at a NATO-run, Role-3
hospital for US and Coalition Forces which has a
35-bed ward, a 12-bed ICU, a 12-bed ER with a
full staff, including doctors and psychiatrists.
Wilfredo serves the staff and their patients.
Chaplain Martisha Dwyer
(Class of 2013) seen here on the cover of Robert Wood Johnson University
Hospital's employee magazine,
ministers to people in
the Emergency Department.
Her fellow alumni might not even know that
Martisha Dwyer also served in the United States
Navy for four years as a "radio man" --
right after high school. "That experience taught
me to become very disciplined and accountable;
to be mindful of what I say and do
and consider how that affects others; and to value
the importance of my role on a team--all lessons
that I apply today as a chaplain."
Martisha first joined RWJ University Hospital in
New Brunswick as a seminary student in the
field education component of her MDiv program.
After her externship, she volunteered for a while.
She completed her Clinical Pastoral Education
(CPE) residency in 2010 and joined the hospital
as a staff member in 2013. She now also serves
as a supervisor in training for CPE and as a
community liaison, connecting patients who
are being discharged with community resources
that will keep them well.
Ordinations & Installations
|Leah Ennis (Class of 2013)
was ordained as Minister of Word and
Sacrament on November 2 at Clinton Ave.
Reformed Church, seen here with her parents,
the Revs. Pam and Mark Ennis who are also
NBTS alumni, as was Leah's late grandfather
Rev. Russell Frank Pater. Leah now serves as the
Associate Pastor of Discipleship and Mission at
North and Southampton Reformed Church in
Leah reports she has a new position
alongside being a pastor:
"I am a Marketing Director for House of
Hope in Nicaragua. It's a U.S. position with
1 trip to Nicaragua per year. I will sell
goods made by former sex trafficked women. This is their new means of income.
Its not much, but it supports them." Leah will
visit churches and organizations and promote
and sell the women's handiwork.
Leah would love to come visit churches, give a
presentation and have a table. Find out
more about the organization at
Now we have a great photo to accompany
our report in August that
Rev. Roberta Arden (Class of 2013) was
ordained at United Church of Spring Valley, NY
on June 30 as a chaplain with a
part-time call to Carnegie East an assisted living
facility in Manhattan. Roberta also works
two days a week for the New York City foster
grandparent program, training the "FGP's" to
work with children who have special needs.
Christopher L. Jacobsen (Class of 2008)
was installed as Minister of Word and Sacrament at Abundant Life Reformed Church, Wyckoff, NJ. NBTS congratulates that congregation as it celebrates its fifth anniversary.
Donna C. Bowers (Class of 2001) was ordained to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament at First Presbyterian Church of Milford and CrossRoads International Fellowship. on Oct 26.
Rev. Dr. Lesly Devereaux (MDiv 2007; DMin 2013) was welcomed as the new pastor of Mt. Zion AME Church, Princeton, NJ on October 20, 2013. Read more.
The next time you hear from the Office of POTUS
(the President of the United States), your letter, email,
or call maybe coming from NBTS alumnus Rev. Leonard
Kalkwarf (Class of 1953).
And if you'd like to hear directly from Judas Iscariot,
Cleopas or Simon of Cyrene, maybe Mary or Peter,
Leonard can arrange for that, too! Just get a copy of
his new book called DEAR CRAIG. Just published
by WestBow Press.
Rev. Dr. Corlett, (Class of 1974), aka Pastor Dave, is Senior Minister of the Delmar Reformed Church. This August he pedaled from Montreal to Staten Island on the last leg of the 3,900-mile Sea to Sea Bike Tour to fight hunger and poverty:
"One of our deacons, Peter Broderick, and I took a leap of faith and signed up. I thought the tour would be a great way to raise money for a good cause. We've probably put almost 1,300 miles on our bikes training for it. I'm really invested in missions like this. I've always tried to keep an active fitness routine, with varying degrees of success. I love sailing and skiing and now cycling. I'm the fittest I've been in years. I was praying as I was riding up some of those hills on the tour. It was an event that impacted me physically, emotionally and spiritually in a very positive way. I felt I could do it only with the support of my church and my friends and family. People come up to me and say, 'You did it.' I always say, 'No, we did it together.'" Read more.
A mission story from Taiwan Church News, #3215 October 7-13, about Char and Dave Alexander (Class of 1980): "Speaking fluent Taiwanese, the Rev. David Alexander ... uses portions of the Biblical book of Proverbs, parables of Jesus and Taiwan folk wisdom sayings alongside each other. He asserts that bible reading is important, but Taiwanese people must respect homeland culture. Missionaries come not to require Taiwan's peoples to forget their own and learn the foreign...During the group's initial meeting, they read Proverbs 1:20-33, paired with the Beatitudes, with a couple of folk proverbs, one of which was, "the slow cow drinks dirty water" which prompts people to urgency." Read more in their missionary annals.
Giving thanks for lives lived in our midst
Rev. Clara Woodson's (Class of 1990) husband Edwin died October 22. [Cathy see Donna Field's note of October 25.]
Lew Kain (Class of 1969) and his wife Chris lost their youngest son Ian Kain in mid-October.
Hermina Reardon, widow of David Morris Reardon (Class of 1935) died on October 17 at the Avamere Care Center in Sequim, WA. She reached the age of 101 on September 16.
Peter Shortway (Class of 1980) died on September 24, he was 95.
Virginia R. Young, widow of The Rev. John Ralph Young (Class of 1958), died on Sept. 30 in Carmel, New York.
Ralph Voorhees, a former trustee of the seminary, died Nov. 5 at the age of 87. Ralph was a life long member of the Reformed Church of Highland Park, as noted by Dr. Mast:
"Ralph was a member of the search committee when I came 8 years ago as President. His passion for our mission was contagious as he regularly encouraged trustees, and anyone who would listen, that they needed to support this remarkable seminary! Our thoughts and prayers are with the Voorhees family and with the Highland Park congregation as we give thanks for Ralph's faithful life and witness."
NBTS gives thanks for the life and teaching of Rev. Dr. Dwight Crist Northington, he died on September 29. Dr. Northington taught classes in preaching as an adjunct professor at NBTS from 1998 until he received a double lung transplant in 2007. "He was a wonderful, wonderful man," remembers Dr. Beth Tanner. He served as pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, Red Bank, NJ for 21 years and was known as a dedicated community activist. Dr. Northington died peacefully on September 29, 2013, surrounded by family. He was 61. Though he gave up adjunct teaching, the transplant enabled Dr. Northington to enjoy his family and continue serving his congregation until he retired this August.
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