In the Calvin Spark, September 1981, Dr. J.H. Kromminga of Calvin Seminary, presents in an open letter his reactions to the new proposed independent seminary in Northwest Iowa. He writes:
“…This movement has been initiated and promoted by eight ministers of the Christian Reformed Church, beginning in January of this year. It has progressed to the point where money has been given or pledged, a building has been purchased, and there is talk of beginning classes in September, 1981, with P.Y. De Jong and Henry Vander Kam as professors.
Motivation for this venture is a mixture of legitimate desires for a theological education more responsive to rural needs, dissatisfaction with trends in the Christian Reformed Church, and ill-founded innuendos regarding Calvin Seminary.
We at Calvin Seminary reject the negative implications of this movement, both as to the seminary itself and as to the Christian Reformed Church. We are presently seeking ways to respond positively to the desire for more seminary presence in Northwest Iowa. A group of ministers and elders in that area have indicated their readiness to discuss this matter with Calvin. One of the possibilities to be discussed is that of a Calvin Seminary satellite operation in that area….
Kromminga’s open letter indicates a growing concern over the new seminary movement—seen especially in the suggestion that there might be established a “satellite operation” of Calvin Seminary in N.W. Iowa. We’ll await further developments and try to report these.