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Title: Ralph Heynen Collection, 1943-1972Add to your cart.

ID: COLL/103

Primary Creator: Ralph Heynen (1907-1993)

Extent: 1.0 Box. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description

Subjects: Christian life - Study and teaching, Pine Rest Christian Hospital


Minister of the Christian Reformed Church and chaplain at Pine Rest Christian Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The collection includes articles, brochures, pamphlets, notes, a meditation, and a study manual for discussion groups entitled "Notes on the Art of Christian Living." [See also the Campus Titles Database.]

Biographical Note

Son of pastor, Henry J.  Heynen, Ralph Heynen was born in Rock Valley, Iowa on December 19, 1907. Like his father before him, Heynen enrolled in Calvin Theological Seminary to become a pastor. He graduated in 1933 as well as got married to Ida Van Wyk. After graduation, Heynen accepted the call from the Christian Reformed Church in Rock Rapids, Iowa where he became ordained as their minister.  In 1938, Heynen moved to Holland, Michigan to serve the congregation of Niekerk Christian Reformed Church.

In 1943, Heynen began his career as Chaplain at Pine Rest Christian Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Known as both a mental and spiritual healer, Heynen continued to serve the Pine Rest Christian Hospital almost 30 years until his retirement in 1972. Heynen was also a prolific writer; he was an author of six books and numerous Banner articles, mostly on Christianity and mental health. He also found time to host a radio program six days a week at Dordt College for 17 years. Heynen even served on several denominational and church boards. Because of his dedication to chaplaincy and Christian mental health, in 1981, Heynen received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Calvin Alumni Association. Heynen passed away on May 10, 1993.

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Christian life - Study and teaching
Pine Rest Christian Hospital

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Series 1: General PapersAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: The Christian Approach to Mental Health, discussion notesAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Counseling articlesAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Family articlesAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: God's Answer to Depression, I Kings 19:9, brochureAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: God's Incomparable Gift, a meditationAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Hospital Evangelism, written and compiled by Ralph HeynenAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: How to Visit the Sick, Pine Rest Christian Hospital pamphletAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Interpersonal Link in the Pastoral Encounter, paperAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Life Encounter Center: Marriage Enrichment Seminar, a discussion guideAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Mental Health, articles and papersAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: My Favorite Gems of Inspiration, small bookletAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Notes on the Art of Christian Living, manual for discussionAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: The Pastor as a Person and other articlesAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Pastor relationship, articlesAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Relationships, articlesAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Sexual behavior, articlesAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Supportive articlesAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Today's family, articlesAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: Guidelines for Elders in the Care of SoulsAdd to your cart.

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