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John Guichelaar Collection



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Title: John Guichelaar Collection, 1853-1983

ID: COLL/097

Primary Creator: John Guichelaar (1907-1989)

Extent: 1.0 Box. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description

Subjects: Calvin, Jean, 1509-1564, Christian Reformed Church - Missions, Navajo Indians - Missions, Rosbach, Bertha


Minister of the Christian Reformed Church. The collection includes two scrapbooks, one containing articles, poems, CRC churches, and biographical clippings; the other contains CRC churches and ministers photograph clippings (with index); a graph showing political and religious movements during the life of John Calvin; a letter (1917) written by Bertha Rosbach from Rehoboth (New Mexico) describing incidents on the mission field; Rosbach family documents; and a postcard showing Bloedorn Hilsabeck Lumber Red Cross Sale, Prairie View, Kansas, 1918. [See also the Campus Titles Database]

Biographical Note

Rev. John Guichelaar was born in Prairie View, Kansas on January 10, 1907. Guichelaar enrolled in Calvin College and in 1923 and a year later made his confession of faith. Guichelaar went on to earn his Bachelor of Theology from Calvin Seminary in 1930 and Masters of Theology from Princeton Seminary in 1931. Also in 1931, Guichelaar married Hattie Anne Vander Meer. Together they had five children together.

His received his first call of serve from the congregation in Birnamwood, Wisconsin where he became ordained. From there, Guichelaar went on to serve a number of other congregations: Brooten, MN (1935); Corsica, SD (1941); First Denver, CO (1945); North Street, Zeeland, MI (1950); Oakdale Park, Grand Rapids, MI (1956); and Cascade, MI (1964). In 1972 Guichelaar retired. Guichelaar’s church involvement did not end when he left the pulpit, he was also a frequent delegate to synod, president of the board of Home Missions, and served on the Ministers’ Pension Fund Committee. As an emeritus pastor, Guichelaar served as a visiting pastor for Seymour Christian Reformed Church until his progressing blindness became too burdensome. In 1989, Guichelaar passed away from pneumonia at the age of 82.

Subject/Index Terms

Calvin, Jean, 1509-1564
Christian Reformed Church - Missions
Navajo Indians - Missions
Rosbach, Bertha

Administrative Information

Repository: Heritage Hall, Hekman Library

Alternate Extent Statement: 0.39 cubic ft.

Acquisition Source: Gift of J. Guichelaar

Box and Folder Listing

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Series 1
Box 1
Folder 1: Letter (biographical information) --- 1971
Folder 2
Item 1: Graph details Political and Religious Movements during Life of John Calvin
Item 2: The Secession of 1834 by Izzard VanDellen --- [1934]
Folder 3: Letter, by Bertha Rosbach re: Rehoboth, New Mexico --- 1917
Folder 4: Rosbach Family Information --- 1853-1943
Folder 5: Postcard, Hattie Guichelaar, [Bloedorn, Hilsabeck Co., Prairie View, Kansas, 1918] --- 1983
Folder 6: Scrapbook of articles, poems, churches, biographical information --- undated
Folder 7: Scrapbook of Christian Reformed Churches and Ministers [with index] --- undated

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