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John G. Van Ryn Collection

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Title: John G. Van Ryn Collection, 1966-2000

ID: COLL/596

Primary Creator: John G. Van Ryn (1931 -)

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Biographical Note

John G. Van Ryn was born in Chicago on September 23, 1931. He grew up in Chicago where the family were members of the First Reformed Church. They joined the Second Christian Reformed Chuch of Englewood when John was a senior at Chicago Christian high. He then attended and graduated from Calvin College and Calvin Seminary and was ordained to the ministry in the Christian Reformed Church in 1956. In 1955 he married Elizabeth Timmer and to this union was born four sons. Elizabeth passed away in 1988 and in 1991 he was remarried to family friend Margaret Van Winkle.

His first pastoral charges were Long Beach, California (1956); Second Paterson, NJ (1961); and First South Holland, IL (1966). He then served as Executive Secretary of the CRC Board of Home Missions (1974) followed by pastorates at Fellowship, Big Rapids, MI (1987) and Providence, Cutlerville, MI (1994), retiring in 1996.


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Folder 1: Biography - Lead on Lord, Personal Reflections of John G. Van Ryn
Folder 2: Installation Notes
Folder 3: Preaching Record --- 1966-1987
Folder 4: Devotional Writings
Folder 5: Remarks to Synod (Executive Secretary of Home Missions) --- 1976-1986
Folder 6: President of Synod (1996) Women Declared Eligible for Ordination --- 1996
Folder 7: Correspondence: Chairman of Review Committee - Women in Office --- 2000


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