Ministry Wives Fellowship
" …that they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children "
Purpose of the Ministry Wives Fellowship (MWF)
Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary exists to train men to preach and teach in Christ’s church. Each man’s wife fills an important role of support and love. We believe that her most important relationship in life is with Jesus Christ, then with her husband and children, then with her church community, and then with the community at large. Although there are seasons in life where a wife has limited time and needs to prioritize, her season of seminary life is an ideal time to prepare for ministry life at her husband’s side.
The Ministry Wives Fellowship (MWF) is designed to equip the wife of the pastor, professor, evangelist, or missionary for her calling by offering biblical and practical courses. Seminary faculty, faculty wives, and guest speakers teach all classes from a confessionally Reformed perspective, mirroring PRTS’s doctrinal stance. We give special focus to nurturing fellowship between seminary wives. Together, these aspects of the MWF encourage women to deepen their piety and devotion to the Lord, and cultivate a servant heart and mindset.
With God’s blessing, we aim to make the years at seminary an enjoyable and profitable time as students, spouses, and faculty alike learn from each other.
Current Schedule of Courses
Theme: The Pastor’s Wife in the Church
MWF Fall 2022 Courses:
- September 13: Meet N’ Greet
- September 27: Panel Discussion on Cross-Culturalization—Abby Heijboer, moderator. Panelists: Larissa Quaresma, Xiaoxiao Wang, Doran Stone, Trish Gruswitz
- October 11: Issues in Counseling—Dr. Mark Kelderman
- October 25: Hospitality—Mrs. Kornelia Neele
- November 1: Handling Crises and Conflict—Mrs. Elly Kranendonk
- November 22: Social gathering—at the home of Mrs. Donna Kelderman (this will begin at 7:00 p.m.)
- December 6: Back-up date for cancellation
- Date to be arranged later: Mrs. Simone Quaresma, speaking on The Tongue is a Fire
Welcome from MWF
Welcome to Grand Rapids! We are thankful that the Lord has made it possible for you to be part of the PRTS community for a time, and we look forward to getting to know you.
PRTS is committed to providing students with the advice and support that they might need throughout their time here. But there are lots of times, especially if you are married to a student, when you might need answers to questions after office hours, or there may be questions that you feel silly asking the seminary staff.
This handbook tries to answer those questions. The handbook for enrolled seminary students answers questions about academic policies and procedures; this handbook is more concerned with helping you get groceries, find a playground for your children, or mail a card to your mother. In compiling this handbook, we have tried to construct a little Grand Rapids survival guide. It is our hope that having this tool in your home will make your adjustment to seminary life a little easier, a little more enjoyable, and a little less confusing.
If you have any comments or suggestions for future editions of this handbook, please forward them to [email protected], or use the form below. Please feel free to ask any question not answered in this handbook.
The Ministry Wives Fellowship Team
Ask a Question to an MWF Representative
Please use a separate form for each question. We will email you as soon as possible with an answer or with advice on where you might find an answer. Thank you for your patience.
A driver’s license and a Social Security number are two benefits for which non-immigrant students and exchange visitors may need to apply. SEVP has released a webinar and a DMV fact sheet to make the application process easier to understand.
The MWF recommend reading list is available here.