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William L. Hiemstra Collection, 1963-1987

Collection Overview

Title: William L. Hiemstra Collection, 1963-1987

ID: COLL/106

Creator: William L. Hiemstra (1915-2004)

Extent: 1.0 Box. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description

Abstract

Chaplain of Christian Sanatorium Association (Wyckoff, New Jersey), Pine Rest Christian Hospital (Grand Rapids, Michigan), and Executive Director of the Christian Association for Psychological Studies. The collection includes papers on the subject of clinical pastoral counseling; and poems that were collected in two monographs entitled Musings of W. L. H. and God's Grace in Free Verse.

Biographical Note

William L. Hiemstra was born in Clifton, New Jersey on March 6, 1915. Son of a salesman, Hiemstra starting working at the age 7. Hiemstra grew up working various jobs throughout his childhood and teenage years. After a brief period of working as a certified public accountant, Hiemstra decided to move to Grand Rapids, Michigan to attend Calvin College.

After graduating from Calvin in 1938, he then went off to Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. Throughout his college and seminary career, Hiemstra continued to work odds jobs for money. In 1942, Hiemstra married Thelma Mae Ferrier. Together they had three children. Hiemstra also studied at New York University in Newark. In 1943, he was ordained at the First Presbyterian in Milton, Florida. From 1945-1948, he was the pastor of the First Presbyterian at Water Valley, Mississippi. In 1948, Hiemstra moved back to his home state of New Jersey to serve the congregation of First Holland Reformed Church of Paterson.

Also during this time in New Jersey, Hiemstra served as a spiritual advisor at the Christian Sanatorium in Wyckoff. This part-time spiritual advisor position ignited a spark of interest in mental health and psychology for Hiemstra. This interest led Hiemstra back to Grand Rapids where he would serve as chaplain of Pine Rest Christian Hospital for the next 23 years.

At Pine Rest, Hiemstra started out as a co-pastor, but quickly made his way as head of chaplains in 1969 and in 1977 as senior staff chaplain. He was also the editor of the hospital’s Hot Line and Chaplain’s News Letter. He also served as executive secretary and executive director for the Christian Association for Psychological Studies.

In 1980, Hiemstra moved to Lewes, Delaware and eventually retired there in 2002. He became a member of the Lewes Presbyterian Church and a member of the Lewes Historical Society. Only two years after retiring, Hiemstra passed away in Lewes, Delaware on October 30, 2004.


Box and Folder Listing

Series 1: Musings and Papers --- 1980-1985Add to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Musings of W. L. H., vol. 1 --- 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Musings of W. L. H., vol. 2 --- 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Musings of W. L. H., vol. 3 --- 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Musings of W. L. H., vol. 4 --- 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Musings of W. L. H., vol. 5 --- 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Musings of W. L. H., vol. 6 --- 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Musings of W. L. H., vol. 7 --- 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Musings of W. L. H., vol. 8 --- 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Paper, "Christian Mental Hospital" --- [undated]Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Paper, "The Essential Element in Counseling" --- [undated]Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Paper, "Maturity and Immaturity in Ministry" --- [undated]Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Paper, "Psychotherapy and Pastoral Care" --- [undated]Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Paper, "Spiritual Maturity: The Aim of Pastoral Counseling" by Ralph Heynen --- [undated]Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Article, "A History of Clinical Pastoral Training in the United States," Reformed Review, 30-47 --- (May [1963])Add to your cart.
Folder 15: God's Grace in Free Verse --- 1987Add to your cart.