Theological School of the
Protestant Reformed Churches in America
4949 Ivanrest Ave SW
Wyoming, MI 49418
NOTE: The Seminary now has a new driveway entrance
off Scenic River Dr.,
just south of the old drive on Ivanrest. Turn west on Scenic River and enter at the new sign.
Phone: 616-531-1490 ~ Fax: 616-531-3033
Charles Terpstra, Registrar (email@example.com)
Judi Doezema, Secretary (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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 WEEK:
“We cannot perform any greater or better work for God, nor can we render Him a nobler service than simply thanking Him.” (Martin Luther).
|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 2015-16 Faculty and Students
Key to picture:
Front row (l-r): Profs.R.Cammenga, B.Gritters, R.Dykstra
Second row (l-r): Sems. Brian Feenstra (Hope PRC, Grand Rapids), Nathan Price (SW PRC), Aaron Lim (Covenant ERC, Singapore)
Third row: (l-r) Sems. Matt Kortus (Faith PRC), Joe Holstege (SE PRC), Jacob Maatman (SW PRC), Jon Langerak (SW PRC), David Noorman (Faith PRC)
Back row: (l-r) Sems. Matt DeBoer (Hudsonville PRC), Darren Vink (First PRC, Grand Rapids, MI), Stephan Regnerus (Doon IA PRC/Grace PRC), Justin Smidstra (Hudsonville PRC)
Latest Seminary Notices (November 2015)
The latest PRT Journal is now available! The November 2015 issue (vol.49, #1) is back from the printer and will be mailed Thanksgiving weekend. But the digital (pdf) version is available to our readers now. Visit the Journal page and find it featured on the top.
We are now past the mid-point of the first semester, with mid-term tests being taken in the last week in some of the courses. The second round of practice preaching has started for the eight third-year students (the first-year students also participate as observers). We look forward to the Thanksgiving Day holiday coming up on Nov.26 and 27.
Friday October 23 was our annual Fall semester "reading recess" day, with a chance for the students to catch up on their special reading and writing projects, while the professors headed off to various parts of the U.S. and Canada for special lectures and preaching appointments. Prof.R.Cammenga went to the PRC mission plant in Pittsburgh, PA, Prof.R. Dykstra to Lacombe, AB, and Prof.B. Gritters to Redlands, CA.
Prof.R. Cammenga gave a public lecture on a Reformed evaluation of theistic evolution in Grace Community Church in Hudsonville, Mi on October 9, 2015. You may find that lecture on the special website SW PRC produced for that lecture and subsequent Q&As.
The Seminary's annual Convocation was held on Wednesday evening, Sept.16, at SW PRC in Wyoming, MI. Prof. R. Cammenga spoke on “The Calling of the Protestant Reformed Seminary: The Training of Shepherds.” A good number were in attendance, as well as at the Open House held at the Seminary afterwards (see picture below). We are thankful for the support of the churches! For more pictures, visit this news item on the PRC website.
Fall seminary classes began on September 1 (cf. the schedule below). Pray for the professors and students as they teach and learn during this first semester.
Prof. Ronald and Rhonda Cammenga have now returned from their two-and-a-half week stay in the Philippines (Aug.11-27), where Prof. Cammenga led two different all-day pastor's conferences and preached in the churches. The trip was also an encouragement to our missionary Rev. Daniel Kleyn and his wife Sharon in the absence of a second missionary. For more details on this trip, with plenty of pictures, visit the Kleyn's blog.
Prof.R.Cammenga preaching in the Reformed Church in Bulacan.
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).
On July 27 Cand.Barnhill received the call from the Peace PRC in Lansing, IL. And on August 9, 2015 he accepted this call.
Plans are for him to be examined at the meeting of Classis West on Sept.30 in Edgerton, MN.
We rejoice with the Barnhills in God's goodness in providing them this confirming call to the gospel ministry. May God continue to bless and prepare them for this glorious work.
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.
*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.
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.