Prof. R. Dykstra examining the seminarians in church history (early church focus).
This morning synod returns to the oral examination of Sems. M. Kortus and J. Maatman. The seniors will be examined in O.T. History, N.T. History, Church History, Church Polity, and Practica (a practical exam). These portions of the exam will also be live-streamed on First PRC's Sermonaudio channel.
Prof. B. Gritters examining the men in Reformed Church Polity (government) and OT history.
Prof. R. Cammenga examining in NT history.
Audience observing the examination in First PRC sanctuary
Following the exam, synod will make a decision to approve these men and declare them candidates for the ministry of the Word in the PRCA.
*Update: That decision has now been made. Both M. Kortus and J. Maatman have been unanimously approved and declared to be candidates for the ministry of the Word in the PRC, eligible for a call beginning July 13. We rejoice with these brothers and their wives and families, and thank God for the gift of two more eligible pastor-teachers for the churches.
Rev. G. Eriks, president of Synod 2019, informs the students and their wives and the audience of synod's decision.
Following the singing of the doxology and prayer, the students received the congratulations of the professors, delegates, family, and friends.
This afternoon synod will return to its regular work, considering the advice of its various committees.
Seminary graduation will take place this evening in First PRC, at 7:30 P.M. Prof. R. Dykstra will give the address from 1 Timothy 4:16, "Take Heed to Thyself and to the Doctrine." The choir of First PRC, Holland, MI will provide the special music. All are welcome to join us in celebrating the goodness of God in providing two graduates this year.