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David Douwe Bonnema Collection, 1923-1956

Collection Overview

Title: David Douwe Bonnema Collection, 1923-1956

ID: COLL/015

Creator: Bonnema, David Douwe (1893-1956)

Extent: 4.0 Boxes. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description


Our collection of sermonic material of "DD" Bonnema covers the period of seminary days and thirty-two years in the active ministry.  It is noteworthy that there are six sets of sermons on the Heidelberg Catechism besides sermons specifically designated as preparatory, communion, and post-communion.  The pastor in D. D. Bonnema prompted him to preach special messages classified for "Opening to Fall Work" and other special congregational events.

All the sermons (outlined) were placed in envelopes with notations as to place and time.  The envelopes have been bundled according to the designation on the envelopes.

Biographical Note

David Bonnema was born in Rock Valley, Iowa, 30 July 1884. At the age of twenty he made profession of faith. His name is listed in the 1914-1915 yearbook of the Theological School and Calvin College as a first-year student from Hawarden, Iowa. The 1917-1918 yearbook lists him as a fourth-year student in the Preparatory School. When he graduated from the seminary in 1924 he accepted a call to serve the First Church of Denver where he ministered with Rev. Idzerd Van Dellen, an older and more experienced man who must have been a well-qualified mentor for the young preacher.

Other churches served by Bonnema included First, Grand Rapids, Michigan, from 1922-1941; First, Zeeland, Michigan, from 1941-1951; and Hospers, Iowa, from 1951-1956.

D. D. Bonnema also served the denomination. He was a member of the Board of Home Missions from 1936-1947 and after that period he was on the Board of Indian and Foreign Missions. For many years he was president of the National Federation of Men’s Societies.

Throughout his ministry he revealed a high degree of sanctified common sense and a keen sense of humor. A colleague described him as a person who was not a stranger to pastoral understanding, care, and blessings. He was lovingly remembered by the members of the churches he served.

Together with wife, Ara E. Grouse, they raised four children: Maybel Bathilda, Wendell Crouse, Benjamin Clarence, and Kenneth Dale. Rev. D. D. Bonnema died 26 March 1956, eight days after a brief hospitalization. He preached his last sermons on Sunday, 18 March.

Administrative Information

Alternate Extent Statement: 1.75 cubic ft.

Acquisition Source: Gift of the D.D. Bonnema family

Box and Folder Listing

Series 1Add to your cart.
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Item 1: Heidelberg Catechism Sermons. Six series with each sermon in an envelope.  The sermons were bundled according to each series and some sermons were reused as noted on the envelopes --- 1923-1938Add to your cart.
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Item 1: Sermons preached in First Denver, Colorado; Hospers, Iowa, and on church calendar periods, bundled --- 1933-1956Add to your cart.
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Item 1: "Free" sermons from Genesis to Revelation and preparatory communion and post-communion sermons, bundledAdd to your cart.
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Item 1: Sermons for special church events and addresses, bundledAdd to your cart.