Theological School of the
Protestant Reformed Churches in America
4949 Ivanrest Ave SW
Wyoming, MI 49418
Phone: 616-531-1490 ~ Fax: 616-531-3033
Charles Terpstra, Registrar (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Judi Doezema, Secretary (email@example.com)
Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace
that is in Christ Jesus.
And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses,
the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.
2 Timothy 2:1,2
Special Issue of The Standard Bearer (Jan.15, 2006)
devoted to the PR Theological School
QUOTE OF THE
|A quick glance at the Seminary building||Description of Seminary courses and requirements|
|Learn about our professors and their labors||Read the Seminary's Theological Journal|
|A look at our current student body||Writings & speeches of past & present professors|
|Info on our Registrar/Librarian & Secretary||Listen to sermons by our PR ministers & professors|
The 2014-15 Faculty and Students
Key to picture:
Back row (l-r): Profs.R.Dykstra, R.Cammenga, B.Gritters. Sems. David Noorman (Faith PRC), Justin Smidstra (Hudsonville PRC), Jon Langerak (SW PRC), Matt DeBoer (Hudsonville PRC)
Front row (l-r): Sems.Aaron Lim (Covenant ERC, Singapore), Brian Feenstra (Hope PRC, Grand Rapids), Joe Holstege (SE PRC), Nathan Price (SW PRC), Stephan Regnerus (Doon IA PRC/Grace PRC)
Missing: Senior Ryan Barnhill (Hudsonville PRC), who was on his internship at Edgerton (MN) PRC (see below).
Latest Seminary Notices
Sem. Ryan Barnhill successfully sustained his examination before the PRC Synod June 9-11 and was declared a candidate for the ministry of the Word in the PRC, eligible for a call on July 11, 2015 (for more on this, visit the PRC news webpage). We rejoice with Cand.Barnhill, his wife Miranda, and their families, and praise God for raising up another man to serve in our churches. At the end of June, he will begin filling the pulpit of Peace PRC in Lansing, IL (currently a vacant congregation).
The Seminary graduation program was held Thursday evening, June 11, 2015 in Faith PRC, with Prof.R.Cammenga delivering the address on "The Minister and His Marriage." Below is a picture of Cand.R.Barnhill receiving his diploma from Rev.K.Koole, president of the Theological School Committee.
The Seminary has completed its 2014-15 academic year, and we give thanks to God for sustaining and strengthening us throughout this past year. Pray for us during these summer months as professors, students, and staff remain busy with their varied labors. For details on what is happening with some of our students, read the next two news items.
From the pen of our rector, Prof.R.Dykstra (also published in the June 2015 issue of the Standard Bearer comes this special news re our students:
For some of the students, instruction will continue into the summer, though it will be of a different kind. Five students will have a mini-internship focusing on missions. This has been done twice in the past eight years. Many years ago bequest money was set aside (according to the designation of the giver) to be used specifically for training in missions. That money enables us to offer second-year students the opportunity to live on a mission field for a time in order to get hands-on experience. Five students responded with enthusiasm. Accordingly, two will go to Pittsburgh [Joe Holstege, Brain Feenstra], one to the Philippines [Stephan Regnerus], and two to Spokane (a small, young congregation with extensive outreach activity [David Noorman, Justin Smidstra]).
Last, and surely not least, seminarian Ryan Barnhill has completed his fourth year of seminary training. The faculty wholeheartedly recommend him for examination at the synod of 2015. Another minister will soon take his place in the ranks.
*Special note*: With much thanksgiving to God, the faculty of the Protestant Reformed Theological Seminary inform the churches that they have licensed five students to speak a word of edification in the churches. These five, with their current church membership, are: Matthew DeBoer (Hudsonville), Joseph Holstege (Southeast), David Noorman (Faith), Stephan Regnerus (Grace), and Justin Smidstra (Hudsonville). It is our prayer that God will use this for good as Article 20 of the Church Order indicates “for their own training, and for the sake of becoming known to the congregations.” All scheduling of the students for leading public worship services will be done through the seminary (Rector, Prof.R.Dykstra).
If you wish to get a glimpse into what Sem. Stephan Regnerus is experiencing on his special summer mission internship in the Philippines, visit Missionary D.Kleyn's blog for pictures and news (see two such pictures below). Here's his first post featuring Stephan's initial weeks there. And here is a second post of pictures and descriptions of places and labors.
Stephan's arrival at the airport (l) - and leading a catechism class (r).
The professors will also keep busy this summer, preparing for the next semester and carrying out special speaking engagements. Prof.R.Dykstra is teaching the PR Teacher's Institite seminar in NW Iowa in May and June. Prof.B.Gritters will be travelling to Singapore in June to speak at the Covenant ERC's annual church camp (See picture aded below). And Prof.R.Cammenga will be heading to the Philippines in August to teach his course on the Theology of John Calvin to a couple of groups with whom the PRC has contact.
The April 2015 PR Theological Journal is now available - a special issue devoted to preaching! Visit our PRTJ page by clicking on the "Journal" tab above to access the current issue as well as all our back issues. There is also an updated index available there for researching various subjects, titles, and authors.
Did you know that one of the Seminary courses that was taught last semester is now being re-taught in the Philippines - by means of videos? Our missionary there (Revs.D.Kleyn conducts regular classes with ministers in the Manila area, and earlier this month (February) started using the videos from Prof.B.Gritters' Fall 2014 course on Catechistics (how to teach catechism to covenant youth) in these "7M meetings" (see picture below). And now he has added Prof.R.Cammenga's classes on Anthropology (doctrine of man) from this past semester. Our missionary testifes to the great value of using these Seminary videos in this class.
The 2015 Interim course is now completed (Jan.5-14). This year’s special class was taught by Prof. Cammenga and is entitled “The Theology of John Calvin.” (pdf of course description). The eight sessions were video-taped and will be posted when the videos are edited. Look for those in the near future.
Last Fall our Seminary faculty participated in the Classis West Officebearers' Conference on preaching on Tuesday, Sept.23, 2014 at Peace PRC in Lansing, IL. *Note: The four speeches of this conference are now available in audio form on Peace PRC's Sermonaudio page. The links are provided here:
For other Seminary news, visit the
section on the PRCA website.
For other Seminary news, visit the Seminary section on the PRCA website.
2015-16 1st Semester
Schedule/Calendar (Cf. the Google
calendar below also.)
2015-16 1st Semester Schedule/Calendar (Cf. the Google calendar below also.)
Special Seminary Notices
The Seminary-sponsored Conference commemorating the 450th anniversary of the Heidelberg Catechism was held the weekend of October 17-19, 2013 at Hudsonville PRC. For all the news, pictures, and links to the speeches from this wonderful conference, visit this "Seminary News" page on the PRCA website. For videos of the conference speeches, visit the Seminary's YouTube channel. And, for the full text of the speeches, see our latest PR Theological Journal, which features three of the HC lectures.