Theological School of the
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 ~
Charles Terpstra, Registrar
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
the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach
2 Timothy 2:1,2
Special Issue of The Standard Bearer (Jan.15, 2006)
devoted to the PR Theological School
(Link takes you to the
editorial by Prof.R.Dykstra; check out the sidebar
for all the related articles on the Seminary).
QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
"The minister ought to be deaf to both
praise and blame. Those who turn proud when
their praise is sounded, who seek their own
glory, not Christ's,
or those who are moved
by slanders and by infamy, had better leave [or
not enter] the ministry of the Word." (Martin
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
Online Library Search Program
Listen to sermons by our PR ministers & professors
(l-r): Josiah Tan, Profs. R. Dykstra, B. Gritters, R. Cammenga
Brian Feenstra, David Noorman, Joe Holstege, Justin Smidstra, Matt DeBoer,
Stephan Regnerus, Darren Vink
Back: Jacob Maatman, Jon Langerak, Matt Kortus
Notices - July 2017
Sunday, July 2, 2017, the Theological School Committee (TSC), faculty, and
members of the PRCA received good news affecting the PRC Seminary.
Rev. Douglas Kuiper, who had received the call to serve as
Professor of Church History and NT Studies from the PRC Synod of 2017,
announced that he had accepted this position.
We rejoice in the Lord's leading in his life and in
His provision of a qualified man - intellectually and spiritually - to take the
place of Prof. R. Dykstra.
Already Rev. Kuiper is making plans to move to Grand Rapids, MI, where he will
first of all work on his advanced degree. Pray for him and his wife and
family as they transition from his ministry in the PRC in Edgerton, MN
to his new place of labor.
- FALL 2017 CLASSES TO AUDIT: The Seminary is inviting auditors to
sit in two classes this coming semester. Classes begin on Tuesday,
August 29. Prof. Cammenga will be teaching Dogmatics and NT History.
Dogmatics will treat the locus Theology, in which we study the truths
concerning God (His knowability, essence, persons, attributes, and works),
giving considerable attention to the fundamental truth of the Trinity. NT
History will cover the history of the intertestamental period and the life
of Christ up to the Passion Week. If you are interested, please contact the
seminary at 616-531-1490 by August 25 to “register” for the class. You can
find the class schedule at the bottom of this page.
Our seven seniors passed their oral examinations before the
PRC Synod the week of June 13, and all were declared candidates for
the ministry of the Word and sacraments in the PRC on Thursday
afternoon, June 15. All are eligible for a call beginning July 15, 2017.
The seminary graduation program was held that night in
Hudsonville PRC, with Prof. B. Gritters apeaking on "The
Ministry: An Existence, Not an Occupation." We extend hearty
congratulations to Matthew DeBoer, Brian Feenstra, Joseph Holstege, Jonathan
Langerak, David Noorman, Stephan Regnerus, and Justin Smidstra, and pray
God's blessing on them as they prepare to find their place in Christ's
The seminary has now concluded its second
semester, with all students finishing their exams on May 18. Josiah Tan and
his wife and daughter have returned to Singapore for the summer.
Matt Kortus and his wife Sarah are in
the Philippines for a mini-mission internship, passing through Loveland
(Matt's home church) and Redlands, CA (preaching in both churches) on the
way there. Prof. R. Dykstra will be part of a delegation to Australia and
Tasmania in July, as he participates in a conference with the
Evangelical Presbyterian Church there. And Prof. R. Cammenga
hopes to visit and speak for a Presbyterian Seminary in Seoul, South Korea
in September. May God be with all our faculty, students, and staff this summer
and return them safely at the end of August for a new semester.
- SEMINARY STUDENT NEED:
Synod 2017 instructed “the Stated Clerk in his letter to the churches to
include a notice of the future, urgent need for seminary students.” (Article
21). As the seminary opens its doors this fall, it will have one student in
his second year – he is from our sister church in Singapore. And there will
be three students in the third year – all of whom desire to serve as pastors
in the PRCA. The seminary’s Rector reported that “it may well be a couple
years before another member of the PRCA enters seminary.” This means that
while there will be, D.V., students graduating in 2019, it will be several
years after that before anyone graduates. What also makes the need great is
the fact that eleven of the current 35 ministers are over 61 years of age.
This indicates the need for seminary students. Even as we are very thankful
for the current crop of seven candidates, Synod saw it important to inform
the churches again of this urgent need. Please pray to the Lord of the
harvest and please encourage young men, whom you observe to have the gifts,
to consider the ministry.
- The April 2017
issue of the PR Theological Journal
is currently available! The print version was being mailed out the first
week of June, while the digital versions (pdf, Mobi, ePub) are available on the Journal
- The faculty and Theological School
Committee inform the PRC Councils and congregations that Matt Kortus and
Jacob Maatman (finished their second year) have been licensed to preach a word of
edification in the churches. Both
have delivered their first sermons
at the end of May in the Grand Rapids area. For scheduling contact the
rector, Prof. R. Dykstra
(dykstra @ prca.org). May God be
with these men as they begin this part of their training for the ministry in
On the evening of May 18 the Spring end-of-semester picnic was held at the home of Prof. and Mrs.. R. Dykstra. After a delicious
potluck supper, outdoor games were played, and later group singing took
place inside. A group picture was taken, which may be found below.
The PRC Seminary, with help from Faith PRC's Evangelism Committee,
is planning a special two-day 500th anniversary Reformation conference for
the weekend of October 27-28 at Faith PRC. The details of the event
may be found on the poster below. A special website has also been created
for the conference (in early stages of development yet). Find that at
We hope you make plans to attend this
significant event! Mark your calendars now and plan to join us as we
celebrate God's great work of reforming His church in the 16th century.
The week of April 24 the seminary again hosted two special groups of
students - the 4th graders from Hope Christian School in Walker, MI
(taught by Mr. Dan Hanko) and the other 4th-grade class from Heritage Christian
School in Hudsonville, MI (taught by Mrs. Jordan Pettit). Prof. R.
Cammenga gave an introductory talk to the students before giving them a tour
of the building. Snacks provided by the room mothers were enjoyed by all. As
always, these visits were an encouragement to the faculty and students, and
we pray God uses them to sow the seed of desire for the ministry in the
hearts of some of these young boys. Below are pictures of the two groups
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
channel. And, for the full text of the speeches, see our latest
which features three of the HC lectures.