Letter from the Seminary

Beloved people of God,

A new school year has begun up on Seminary Hill, and the faculty and students greet you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Some changes have taken place in the Seminary. Perhaps the most important is that God has called Rev. D. Engelsma to our Seminary faculty this past summer. He was installed at a special worship service held in South Holland on August 31. Participating in the installation ceremony were the Revs. Lubbers, VanBaren, and VanOverloop, while Prof. Decker preached the sermon. A collection was taken at the service for the Library Fund of Seminary which amounted to $595.42. We are thankful that the Lord so graciously continues to care for our Seminary and that He has provided again a professor for the school.

During this school year Prof. Engelsma is at Calvin Seminary working towards a Th.M. degree in the field of Dogmatics. This is in preparation for his teaching duties. In the meantime, Prof. Hoeksema is spending a year in Burnie, Tasmania, ministering to the needs of God’s people there and will join the faculty next year. Profs. Decker and Hanko will be handling the teaching responsibilities during the current school year.

Some changes in personnel are also a part of the new school year. Mrs. Jane Kuiper will soon be laying aside her work as Secretary to spend more time with her family. We take this opportunity publicly to thank her for her work in Seminary and her always pleasant and cheerful assistance to the professors and students in so many details of Seminary work. For this year, Mrs. Eileen Terpstra will be taking over the office work on a part-time basis. We welcome Mrs. Terpstra into the Seminary family.

Mr. Don Doezema has also set up a permanent office of sorts in the faculty room of the Seminary. He will do the work of Registrar, assist Prof. Decker in the duties of rector, take over some of the library responsibilities, and give his own expertise in keeping things running smoothly in our school. We are thankful to have his efficient help.

The students in school this year are the following: Mitch Dick, who is in his second year of Seminary studies; Len Holstege, in his final year of Pre-Seminary studies; Ken Elzinga and Doug Kuiper, in their second year of Pre-Seminary studies. Two other students are also working in Pre-Seminary studies, but in different parts of the country where they cannot take part of their subjects in the Seminary.

All this underscores once again the need for students. We commend this need to our churches and urge you to pray that the Lord of the harvest will send forth laborers in His vineyard. Pray for us, brethren; we feel deeply our inadequacy and our dependence upon God’s continued help, May your prayers join with ours for God’s blessing upon our school.

Fraternally in Christ,

Prof. Herman Hanko

For the faculty