Because I read a number of books on the activities of Albert Schweitzer in Africa, I was encouraged to consider the general ministry. My education was aimed toward that goal, and also you will find information about my family.
Rev. Dr. Georg F.W. Gerritsen
1934 in Batavia (Jakarta) of the Dutch East Indies (Indonesia)
One of six (6) children-two (2) boys and four (4) girls
Father was a Dutch citizen; Mother was a German citizen,
however on the date of her marriage (April 21, 1932) she became a Dutch citizen.
From 1942 to 1945 in the (four Japanese) concentration camps:
Bloemenkamp; Tjihapit; Moentilan (Muntilan); and Banjoe Biroe (Banju Biru).
Education and General Information:
Elementary Education in the Dutch East Indies (Called today: Indonesia); High School Education in the Netherlands
Private lessons to learn Latin in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MichiganÑAB General in
Westminster Theological Seminary, Glenside, PennsylvaniaÑ Bachelor of Divinity degree in 1963. In 1974 the degree was turned into a Master of Divinity
Temple University in Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaÑEducational
Psychology (3 undergraduate credits) in 1964 I worked as a janitor at the Headquarters of the United Presbyterian
Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Part Time Associate Pastor at St. Mark's United Methodist
Church in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania from 1964 to 1965
TeacherÑteaching German & French I at Valley Forge Military Academy in Wayne, Pennsylvania from 1963 to 1968
Guidance Counselor at Hatboro-Horsham Junior High School in Hatboro, Pennsylvania from 1968 to 1969
West Chester State College in West Chester, PennsylvaniaÑ GUIDANCE and COUNSELING (36 graduate credits) from 1967 to 1969
Part Time Associate Pastor of Haws Avenue United Methodist Church in Norristown, Pennsylvania from 1967 to 1969 I worked for Bristol-Myers and Wallace Pharmaceutical companies as a salesman in the state of Michigan from 1969 to 1972
Full Time Pastor of the United Methodist Church in the state of Michigan from 1972 to December 1999
San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselmo,
CaliforniaÑDoctor of Ministry in 1980Ñthesis or dissertation project: "THE THEOLOGICAL ANTECEDENCE IN CRISIS COUNSELING" (subjects in DEATH, DIVORCE,
TERMINAL ILLNESS AND SUICIDE)
THE FOLLOWING COUNTRIES LIVED IN:
From 1934 to 1947 in the Dutch East Indies (now called
Indonesia); from 1947 to 1954 in the Netherlands; from 1954 to 1955 in Ontario, Canada; and from 1955 to the present time in the USA.
In 1972 as a Deacon in The United Methodist
Church by Bishop Dwight Loder
In 1974 as an Elder In The United Methodist Church By Bishop Dwight Loder
For twenty-eight (28) years I was a United Methodist pastor on a full time basis, and in December of 1999 I retired.
Deaths in the family:
in 1969 my father; in 1987 my oldest sister, in 2001 my mother
In 1961 on September 23 I married Barbara E. Foulks, who was born in 1940 at Juliustown, New Jersey, and is an R.N.
Children: Greg David
In January of 1971 our adopted son (Greg David) became part of our family.
He was born on November 20, 1970 in Flint, Michigan.
Presently, he lives in Michigan.