Synod 2011 welcomed 42 candidates into ministry with a standing ovation--thanking God, the candidates, and their families for their commitment.
“Do not be afraid. Go into the church with peace. Find God’s purposes and make them your own,” advised Rev. Cornelius Plantinga Jr., outgoing president of Calvin Theological Seminary.
Among the candidates, seven were women. Candidate Aminah Al-Attas Bradford held her 3-day-old baby in her arms as she was introduced.
“Thank you for all the hours of hard work, determination, late nights-–whatever it took for you to appear before us today,” said Plantinga.
Candidate John Harold Caicedo, Classis California South, was serving as an elder delegate at Synod 2011.
“I am thrilled, privileged, and honored to welcome you to the steps that you have already begun and now will continue,” said synod president Rev. James Dekker.