Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Welcome to General Synod!

My pastor this last week said that General Synod is like the best polity class you could ever take.  Well good, just like Peter TeWinkle said, I am looking forward to diving in!

A bit about me.  My name is Jessica (Jes) Kast-Keat.  I just finished my second year at Western Theological Seminary and have two more years left (4 year track).  I am under care of classis at Hope Church in Holland, Michigan.  The RCA world is newer to me, but is now the denomination I am planning on being ordained in.  I have a wide Christian ecumenical background.  I was invited to the RCA Emerging Leaders Conference in Nashville this past fall where God used this time to show me that the RCA was a home that I could be a part of.  I looked around the table and saw 50% of the people there were of my gender and many different ethnicity's represented.  I thought, if this is the future of the RCA, I want to be a part of this! 

I am married to Jim Kast-Keat who works at Mars Hill Bible Church in Grandville, MI.  I have loved seminary so much that Jim just began his journey at Western this year on their distance learning program.

What I am looking forward to at GS:
1-Celebrating the 30 years of women's ordination 
2-I am hopeful about our conversation around the Belhar
3-Being with other seminarians and delegates on our journey this week

Like Peter, I enjoy the cyber-conversations, so please engage with thoughts and questions.  Different perspectives are welcome.

Grace and Peace,

1 comment:

  1. Jes, I will be there on and off a prayer partner for the H.O.P.E. team. I look forward to the eyes and ears that you offer through this blog. Peace - Tony De La Rosa


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