NBTS Graduate Returns as President
Gregg Mast graduated from New Brunswick Theological Seminary in 1976. Thirty
years later, he has returned as president. Mast was inaugurated as New
Brunswick's 14th president on January 28.
"Gregg is uniquely gifted and called to carry out this task," says RCA
general secretary Wes Granberg-Michaelson. "His whole journey in the RCA has
prepared him for the leadership which he will now offer to New Brunswick
Mast was installed as president during a worship service at First Reformed
Church of New Brunswick. The Rev. Dr. Setri Nyomi preached at the service.
Nyomi, a native of Ghana, is currently serving as general secretary of the World
Alliance of Reformed Churches in Geneva, Switzerland.
"For me, Gregg's appointment to the post of president is a sign of hope,"
Nyomi says. "He comes with a great sense of vision and building community and
The day's celebrations also included panel discussions
about the church as a moral voice in the city, the shape of theological
education, and making space for interfaith community.
"It was a day for the seminary to listen--and for me in particular to
listen--to those kinds of conversations," Mast says.
"This is a dramatically different seminary than the one I graduated from
thirty years ago," he says. "It's far more diverse, with a far larger student
body. When I was here, it was a dominantly RCA, male, resident seminary. Now we
have a dozen different church traditions represented and more than 200 students,
many of whom are second-career, and two-thirds of whom are people of color. The
seminary community is dramatically different, but still committed to forming
people for ministry in the church. That was our mission thirty years ago, and
that remains our mission today."
"New Brunswick will play an indispensable role in the frontiers of the
contemporary urban church and the challenges of being a multicultural church,"
says Granberg-Michaelson. "Under the leadership of Gregg Mast, the seminary will
discover new avenues for making its unique contributions to the mission of the
Reformed Church in America as well as the wider ecumenical church."
Mast also holds degrees from Hope College and Drew University. He has served
congregations in Johannesburg, South Africa; Newark and Irvington, New Jersey;
and Albany, New York. His denominational duties have included presiding over
General Synod as president, working with the social witness and worship
programs, and most recently serving as director of Ministry Services.
Posted on 02/03/2006