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Inaugural Theme Is ‘Called to Serve,’ and You’re Invited!


On Saturday, Oct. 15, at 10:30 a.m., Calvin Theological Seminary (CTS) will host a celebration of God’s faithfulness through the inauguration service of Rev. Jul Medenblik as the seventh president of CTS. 

The theme of the inaugural is “Called to Serve,” and the event will be held at the Calvin College Covenant Fine Arts Center, with a reception following. To RSVP or get more information, call 1-800-388-6034 or visit

Prior to the inaugural, the seminary will host its Bavinck Conference with the focus “After 9-11 . . . What? Reformed Theology and the Church’s Global Mission Today.”

The conference runs from Oct. 12 to 14. On the evening of the 14th, the Bavinck Prize will be awarded to Jan Peter Balkenende, prime minister of the Netherlands from 2002 to 2010. 

The Bavinck Prize is for “Outstanding Reformed Contributions to the Church, the Academy or Public Life.” For more information, please see the Bavinck Institute website ( or the Calvin Seminary website.

Even as Calvin Seminary celebrates its heritage, it is making plans to welcome the first group of students for its online Master of Divinity degree beginning in the fall of 2012. This new program will help CTS reach students who are unable to move to Grand Rapids, Mich., to be trained as pastors and leaders. 

—Calvin Theological Seminary Communications

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