24 Jul GS 2013 art 87
GS 2013 Article 88 – Acceptance Speech of Rev. Dr. Theodore G. Van Raalte
The chairman welcomed and introduced Rev. Dr. Theodore G. Van Raalte who was able to be present via the Internet (Skype). He noted that only the previous day Rev. Van Raalte had successfully defended his PhD thesis and has thus attained the official title of “Doctor of Philosophy.” On behalf of synod, the chairman extended hearty congratulations to him and thanks to our heavenly Father. Dr. Van Raalte then addressed synod, expressing his deep thankfulness for his appointment and notifying synod of his acceptance thereof. (His address can be found in Appendix 10.) The synod chairman responded with fitting remarks. Synod then sang praise to God with the words of Psalm 115:1 after which the chairman led in thanksgiving prayer.