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John T. Holwerda Collection, 1948-1965

Collection Overview

Title: John T. Holwerda Collection, 1948-1965

ID: COLL/113

Creator: John T. Holwerda (1904-1980)

Extent: 1.0 Box. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description


Minister of the Christian Reformed Church. The collection includes Bible studies, meditations, speeches, poems, articles, and correspondence. [See also the Campus Titles Database.]

Biographical Note

Minister of the Christian Reformed Church, John T. Holwerda was born on March 7, 1904 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He attended Calvin Seminary and graduated in 1931. In July of 1931, Holwerda married Martha Veltkamp. He served congregations in Sioux City, Iowa, 1931; Ellsworth, Michigan, 1935; Midland Park, New Jersey, 1941; Alpine Avenue, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1948; First Bellflower, California, 1954; Pleasant Street, Whitinsville, Massachusetts, 1963; Allendale, Michigan, 1969; retired 1972.

Rev. John T. also served the denomination on the Board of Trustees of Calvin College and Seminary.  He was a delegate to Synod a number of times.  He served as editor of the Messenger, a publication of the Federation of Christian Reformed Men’s Societies.

“JT” was heartily received by the congregations to which he ministered.

In August of 1980, Rev. Holwerda preached his last sermon in Sioux City. It was soon after that Holwerda found out he had leukemia.  He passed away on November 5, 1980.

Administrative Information

Alternate Extent Statement: 0.50 cubic ft.

Acquisition Source: Gift of J.T. Holwerda family

Box and Folder Listing

Series 1: Book of Appreciation, Written Material, Speeches --- 1948-1965
Box 1
Folder 1: Book of appreciation from Midland Park congregation --- 1948
Folder 2: Collection of speeches
Folder 3: Collection of written material
Folder 4: Scrapbook
Folder 5-6: Winter Retreat at Groton, MA.  John T. Holwerda speaker --- 1964-1965