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Ralph Heynen Collection, 1943-1972

Collection Overview

Title: Ralph Heynen Collection, 1943-1972

ID: COLL/103

Creator: Ralph Heynen (1907-1993)

Extent: 1.0 Box. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description


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.

Box and Folder Listing

Series 1: General Papers
Box 1
Folder 1: The Christian Approach to Mental Health, discussion notes
Folder 2: Counseling articles
Folder 3: Family articles
Folder 4: God's Answer to Depression, I Kings 19:9, brochure
Folder 5: God's Incomparable Gift, a meditation
Folder 6: Hospital Evangelism, written and compiled by Ralph Heynen
Folder 7: How to Visit the Sick, Pine Rest Christian Hospital pamphlet
Folder 8: Interpersonal Link in the Pastoral Encounter, paper
Folder 9: Life Encounter Center: Marriage Enrichment Seminar, a discussion guide
Folder 10: Mental Health, articles and papers
Folder 11: My Favorite Gems of Inspiration, small booklet
Folder 12: Notes on the Art of Christian Living, manual for discussion
Folder 13: The Pastor as a Person and other articles
Folder 14: Pastor relationship, articles
Folder 15: Relationships, articles
Folder 16: Sexual behavior, articles
Folder 17: Supportive articles
Folder 18: Today's family, articles
Folder 19: Guidelines for Elders in the Care of Souls