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Ministry Wives Fellowship

" …that they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children "

Titus 2:4

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.

The Ministry Wives Fellowship (MWF) is designed to equip the pastor’s wife for her calling by offering biblical and practical courses.

Current Schedule of Courses

Theme: Personal (Pastor’s Wife in the Home)

MWF Spring 2022 Courses:

  • January 11: Mid-winter social (carryover from the fall semester) — at Mrs. Sandra Barrett’s home
  • January 25: Panel discussion on Times of Transition — Led by Mrs. Rebecca VanDoodewaard. Panelists: Marian Fahim, Keren Loaiza, Carol Sousa, and Carol Xavier
  • February 8: Lessons from a Ministry Marriage: Charles and Susannah Spurgeon — Mrs. Michelle Bilkes
  • March 1: Humility — Mrs. Mary Beeke
  • March 15: The Lord’s Day — Dr. Stephen Myers
  • March 29: A Healthy Marriage: Being a Helpmeet — Mrs. Shona Murray
  • April 12: Spring social — at Mrs. Kornelia Neele’s home
  • April 19, 26: Make-up dates if needed

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.

In Christ,
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.

Further Resources

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.

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