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Ground Breaking: Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary

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The Free Reformed Churches have an agreement with the Heritage Reformed Churches who operate the Puritan Reformed Seminary to train our theological students at its seminary. This joint venture includes Free Reformed input by way of the full-time teaching position of Dr. Gerald Bilkes and courses taught by Free Reformed ministers.
Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary (PRTS) held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new building project on March 18, 2004. The new site is located at 2965 Leonard NE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49525. The ceremony was attended by students, faculty, and friends of PRTS. Many ministers and elders who were in Grand Rapids for the Theological Seminary Committee and Classis meetings were able to join us for this special occasion.

Rev. Mark Kelderman, chairman of the Theological Seminary Committee, opened with prayer and reading of Psalm 90:14-17 and Hebrews 3:1-6. Dr. Gerald Bilkes, Professor of Old and New Testament, gave a short address on Psalm 90:16-17 and provided a dedicatory meditation.

John DeBlaay, the Office Project Manager at Dan Vos Construction, explained the seminaryÕs layout on the construction site. For the actual groundbreaking, Mr. DeBlaay was joined by Mr. Kevin Ash (chairman of the Building Committee), Dr. Joel Beeke (President and Professor of Systematic Theology and Homiletics), Dr. Gerald Bilkes, Rev. Kelderman, Mr. Jake Sinke (chairman of the Seminary Education Committee), and Mr. Dan VanRee (Dan Vos Construction on-site supervisor).

Dr. Beeke closed the ceremony with prayer. He asked for the LordÕs grace and blessing for PRTS and the building project, safety for the construction crew and for the seminary and its students.

Anyone interested in donating to the building project, may contact the seminary secretary, Kate Timmer, at 616-977-0599, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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