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Seymour Van Drunen Collection, 1960-1964

Collection Overview

Title: Seymour Van Drunen Collection, 1960-1964

ID: COLL/288

Creator: Van Drunen, Seymour (1923-1964)

Extent: 1.5 Cubic Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description


Minister of the Christian Reformed Church. Sermon notes on the Heidelberg Catechism, Lord's Day 1-52, and passages of Scripture.

Biographical Note

The only son of Mr. and Mrs. Corenlius Van Drunen, of South Holland, Illinios, was born on December 9, 1923. After graduating from Chicago Christian High School, Seymour entered Thorton Township Junior College as an engineering student in 1941. While still at college, he became a member of the Enlisted Reserve Corps. He was called to active duty the summer of 1943, and was assigned to overseas duty in France in the fall of 1944. When his unit entered Germany he was seriously wounded. After a period of military hospitalization, he was discharged in 1945.

In 1954, Seymour felt a call to the ministry. He graduated from Calvin College in 1957 and from Calvin Theological Seminary in 1960. As a candidate he received a number of calls. He accepted a call from the Hamilton, Michigan, Christian Reformed Church where he was ordained on September 22, 1960.

Although he received a number of calls during his ministry in Hamilton, Seymour felt constrained to remain there. His emphasis in the service of the church was upon the youth in the congregation. He became the president of the Young Calvinist League, and promoted the Summer Workshops In Missions program.

Toward the end of the vacation period in July 1964, death came by drowning. He was survived by his wife, Wilma Schaap, and their five children.

Seymour was observed as a man who "worked vigorously and preached dynamically, as if he sensed that his years of earthly ministry were to be but few."

Box and Folder Listing

Series 1: Sermonic Material (in envelopes)
Box 1: Sermon notes on the Heidelberg Catechism, Lord's Day 1-42
Box 2: Sermon notes in the Heidelberg Catechism Lord's Day 43-52, and notes on the passages of Scripture: Genesis 3:15-John 14:1-13
Box 3: Sermon notes on passages of Scripture: John 14:2, 3 - James 5; sermon notes: special occasions and radio talks; class sermon and other sermon notes more completely written out