Rev. Mark Kelderman, chairman of the Theological Seminary Committee, opened with prayer and reading of Psalm 90:14-17 and Hebrews 3:1-6. Dr. Gerald Bilkes, Professor of Old and New Testament, gave a short address on Psalm 90:16-17 and provided a dedicatory meditation.
John DeBlaay, the Office Project Manager at Dan Vos Construction, explained the seminaryÕs layout on the construction site. For the actual groundbreaking, Mr. DeBlaay was joined by Mr. Kevin Ash (chairman of the Building Committee), Dr. Joel Beeke (President and Professor of Systematic Theology and Homiletics), Dr. Gerald Bilkes, Rev. Kelderman, Mr. Jake Sinke (chairman of the Seminary Education Committee), and Mr. Dan VanRee (Dan Vos Construction on-site supervisor).
Dr. Beeke closed the ceremony with prayer. He asked for the LordÕs grace and blessing for PRTS and the building project, safety for the construction crew and for the seminary and its students.