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Founders Week Celebrations -2018

October 5, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Legacy and Innovation

Join us for our Founders Week Celebrations!

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Friday, October 5, 2018

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. The Reformed Church Center presents:

“Send Them, Apostles”: NBTS As the Birthplace of RCA Missions

See below for program description.

5:00 p.m.. The Zwemer Diaries – Release of historical reprints of Samuel Zwemer’s diaries; Zwemer was one of the first 19th century RCA missionaries to the Middle East
Campus Tours
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Community Reception
7:00 p.m. Service of Worship

  • Welcome from Deans and Advancement
  • Sermon by the President, Rev. Micah L. McCreary, Ph.D.
  • Guest Psalmist
  • Announcement re: upcoming Alumni Awards
  • 1784 Donor Honorees


Program Description: Send Them, Apostles’: NBTS As the Birthplace of RCA Missions

Remembering New Brunswick’s Role in Making Missionaries!

Send them, apostles! Heralds of your cross,
forth may they go to tell all realms your grace;
inspired of you, may they count all but loss,
and stand at last with joy before your face.

Denis Wortman, 1884

These words are part of New Brunswick Theological Seminary’s “school song,” the hymn written on the occasion of its centennial in 1884. The creation of the main student governing group at the Seminary, now called SSIM, was as the Society of Inquiry into Missions in 1812. The Bussing Museum, housed in Sage Library, was begun as a collection of artifacts sent from missionaries in the field to seminarians to encourage them to join in spreading Christ’s Good News to every land.

On Friday, October 5, from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm, as part of the Seminary’s Founders Weekend, the Reformed Church Center will host “Send Them, Apostles: NBTS as the Birthplace of RCA Missions”. Three scholars will look at origins and effects of the school’s missionary fervor. Someone who has been working in the mission field will help us consider the future of missions in the RCA and beyond, so we might all reflect on how this cradle of missions can cooperate with the larger church in this work.

John W. Coakley is L. Russell Feakes Professor of Church History emeritus at NBTS and one of the pre-eminent living scholars of John Henry Livingston, founder of this school ad “Father of the Reformed Church in America.” He will look at “What Does It Mean to Say the Gospel Will Triumph?: John Henry Livingston on Missions.”
John Hubers (NBTS 1982) is an RCA pastor of congregations in the US and a global missionary who pastored three congregations in Bahrain and Oman and supervised RCA missions in the Middle East and South Asia. He recently accepted an invitation from Mekane Yesus Seminary in Addas Ababa, Ethiopia, to restructure and teach in their Muslim/Christian relations program. He will present “An Unexpected Harvest: Zwemer, Cantine, and What They Have Wrought.”
Derrick Jones is the supervisor of RCA mission in Africa and Oman. He has served in this role for over ten years and is passionate about holistic mission principles, partnerships and opportunities that advance the missio Dei, and he will be sharing a Vision for Twenty-First Century RCA Missions.
Eri Kitada is a third-year doctoral student who studies Women’s and Gender History and US History at Rutgers University. Her presentation, “Rutgers Foreign Missions and the Scarlet and Black Project”, discusses the ties of Rutgers students and alumni (many, if not most, NBTS graduates) to foreign missions and the Scarlet and Black Project, an effort to explore the African-American and Native American experience at Rutgers.

This program is free and open to everyone. Responses to are welcome, but not required.



Mark your calendar to join us tomorrow as well: Saturday, October 6, 2018

The annual Underwood Lecture & Symposium

organized by the Horace G. Underwood Center for Global Christianity, NBTS

(Mast Chapel)

9:00 a.m.: The Underwood Lecture
Liberating Missions: A Model for the 21st Century

Keynote Speaker – Rev. David Goatley, Ph.D

Rev. David Goatley, Ph.D
Research Professor of Theology and Black Church Studies and Director of the Office of Black Church Studies at Duke University
Professor Goatley is a constructive theologian whose scholarship and practice is at the intersection of ecclesiology, missiology, Black Theology and leadership strategy. A globally recognized missiologist, he emphasizes cross-cultural experiential learning with indigenous communities to deepen understanding, broaden horizons, and strengthen Christian discipleship and leadership formation through his 21 years of service as the Chief Executive officer of the Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Mission Society.  He also worked for the Baptist World Alliance and the World Council of Churches. Goatley is editor of Black Religion, Black Theology: Collected Essays of J. Deotis Roberts (2003) and authored Were You There?: Godforsakenness in Slave Religion (1996, 2007), A Divine Assignment: The Missiology of Wendell Clay Somerville (2010), and Missions Is Essential (2011).

10:00 a.m.: Symposium on Global Christianity

Panel Moderator:

Dr. Terry Ann Smith., Associate Dean of Institutional Assessment & Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies, NBTS26 years experience of service to Lott Carey Missions
Panel Participants:

Dr. Angelita Clifton, associate minister at Fountain Baptist Church in Summit, N J, serves in several Trauma Informed ministerial initiatives, at the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women, Northern State Prison and the Morris County Jail.  As 2nd Vice President of Lott Carey Women’s Department, she empowers churches to mobilize their efforts against human trafficking, both domestically and abroad including Ghana, Greece, India, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Ethiopia, and South Africa.  She presented the Lott Carey Ministry Model at the United Nations in 2014.

Rev. Gregory Jerome Jackson, Pastor of Mount Olive Baptist Church in Hackensack, NJ where he has labored for nearly 35 years presently serves as the newly-elected President of the Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Missions Convention. He also serves as part of the Baptist World Alliance and the Baptist-Islamic Taskforce and is the Moderator of the New Brunswick Theological Seminary Board of Trustees. He is the President of the Hackensack Fellowship of Black Churches.

Dr. Jacqueline E. Madison-McCreary, Pastor of First Baptist Church in Piscataway, NJ and Learning Coordinator with the Lott Carey Foreign Mission Convention’s Thriving In Ministry Program which is designed to support women pastors and young adult pastors to strengthen their personal and contextual intelligences that can lead them to thriving in ministry.  She also completed the Pastoral Excellence Program with Lott Carey where she spent time partnering with and learning from pastors in Guyana, Jamaica, South Africa, and the U.S. through mission immersion experiences. 
Please contact Ramona Larsen for more information:

Kindly RSVP by September 28, 2018 to or call 848-237-1707.


October 5, 2018
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm