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John Gritter Collection



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Title: John Gritter Collection, 1924-1967Add to your cart.

ID: COLL/095

Primary Creator: John Gritter (1894-1970)

Extent: 2.0 Boxes. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description

Subjects: Calvin Theological Seminary - History, Christian education, Communism, Israel, Missions, South Africa


Minister of the Christian Reformed Church. The collection includes manuscripts; personal notes; clippings; pamphlets detailing Christian education, missions, Israel, South Africa, and Communism; and a speech given at the Calvin Theological Seminary groundbreaking ceremony, 1959. [See also the Campus Titles Database.]

Biographical Note

The third son in a family of twelve was named John, born October 27, 1894. The Gritter family lived in Daarleveen, the Netherlands. Two years after the family moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan, John began studies toward the ministry. He graduated from Preparatory School in 1918, from Calvin College in 1921, and from Calvin Seminary in 1924.

In 1924, Rev. John Gritter began his active ministry in the Prosper Christian Reformed Church of Falmouth, Michigan. From 1929 to 1938, he served the congregation in Rock Valley, Iowa. His third charge was Franklin Street CRC in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The good relationship John had with his first congregation in Northern Michigan became evident when many of the young people from that area who came to Grand Rapids for employment joined the Franklin Street congregation. In 1948, John began a ministry in Canada among the Dutch emigrants. He was able to bring together many of the immigrants who came from various parts of the Netherlands so that they established a congregation with a minimum of internal differences. He was, indeed, a pastor to the scattered flocks. In fact, he served a Canadian congregation from 1954 to 1958. He left London, Ontario, in 1958 to serve the Jamestown Christian Reformed Church until he retired at the age of seventy. Immediately John Gritter became an assistant pastor of the Seymour congregation and continued preaching in various churches during the period of his retirement.

Gritter entered the hospital for a routine check-up on Thanksgiving Day in 1970. However, he did not leave the hospital but passed away December 18.

John and Jeanette (daughter of Klass Schooland of the Calvin Theological School) were the parents of eight children.

John served the denomination as well as congregations. He was editor of the Christian Living column in The Banner. He wrote in Calvinist Contact and served for a time as editor. Before the end of his ministry, he wrote a book entitled God Loves.

Twelve times, during his forty years of active ministry, he was delegated to Synod and in 1959, he was elected president. He served on the Board of Trustees, the Board of Foreign Missions and the Publication Committee.

Subject/Index Terms

Calvin Theological Seminary - History
Christian education
South Africa

Administrative Information

Repository: Heritage Hall, Hekman Library

Alternate Extent Statement: 1.0 cubic ft.

Acquisition Source: Gift of J. Gritter

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[Series 1: Papers and Press Clippings, 1924-1967],

Series 1: Papers and Press Clippings --- 1924-1967Add to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Addresses: Special Days such as Fourth of July, Memorial Day --- 1925, 1941Add to your cart.
Folder 2: "That Calvin University," The Reformed Journal --- June 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Bible: Thoughts on understanding the Bible.  Four sermon outlines on I Peter 1:25, II Chronicles 34:14, 15; II Tim 3:16Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Biblical Archeology, press clippings --- 1959-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Birth Control, press clippings --- 1950s and 1960sAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Calvin, John, notes and press clippings --- 1924-1954Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Calvinism, notes and press clippings --- 1925-1959Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Catholicism, press clippings --- 1941-1958Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Christian Labor Unions, press clippings, lettersAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Church and Kingdom: Letter and notes of Klaas Schooland --- 1926-1927Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Church music, press clippingsAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Common Grace: Notes and press clippings from The Banner --- 1938Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Communism: Speech for Men's League, Press clippings --- October 19, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 14Add to your cart.
Item 1: Correspondence: Flietstra --- 1953Add to your cart.
Item 2: Correspondence: F. Nymeyer --- 1954Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Dogmatics: Handwritten notes of Ten Hoor's class lecturesAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Evolution: Notes and press clippings --- 1940-1960Add to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Flag Day: Use of flags.  Mission Festival speech at Vogel Center: The Red, White, and Blue --- July 5, 1926Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Booklet: "Lingering Memories" - Funeral Messages --- 1944-1946Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Infallibility of the Bible: Paper, letter, press clippings --- 1959-1967Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Israel: Notes on the Diaspora and Jews.  Press clippings on The Chosen PeopleAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Jehovah's Witnesses Cult, press clippings --- 1930-1960Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Meuller, George of Bristol, press clippings --- 1932Add to your cart.
Folder 7Add to your cart.
Item 1: Message, Faith Healing --- July 7, 1939Add to your cart.
Item 2: Press clippingsAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Messages, Jesus shall come, Acts 1, Rev. 7, I Thess. 5 --- 1940, 1947Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Missionaries, press clippings --- 1927-1946Add to your cart.
Folder 10: New Theology paperAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Our Sabbath (title of proposed book), preliminary notes --- 1930sAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Paper: Kerkeraden en ZondagsarbeidAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Paper: Notes on Revelation - Synopsis of prologue.  Revelation 20, 21Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Paper: Should our Consistories discipline members of AFL and CIO? Consistorial Conference --- May 17, 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Paper: Study in Romans 9-11; All Israel SavedAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Poems (Dutch) press clippings --- 1935-1961Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Psychology, press clippings, Letters from members of the CRCAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Sermon notes on Lev. 25:10; Prov. 1:17, 22:6; Is. 2:1-4; Rom. 8:1-4; Luke 21:24; Eph. 4:28; I Tim. 3:16, 17 --- 1942-1961Add to your cart.
Folder 19: South Africa, press clippings --- 1960sAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: Talks to Young People, Rock Valley, IA --- 1934-1935Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Worldly amusementsAdd to your cart.

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