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Gerard Van Groningen Collection

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Abstract

Biographical Note

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Ministerial Activities.  Addresses

Addresses. College Material

Diaries, Scrapbook

The Unfinished Book

Letters

Letters from Parents

Letters to Parents from Australia

Correspondence

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Sermons and Lectures

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Gerard Van Groningen Collection, 1951-2007 | Heritage Hall, Hekman Library

By Ed Gerritsen, February 2004 and April 2011

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Collection Overview

Title: Gerard Van Groningen Collection, 1951-2007

ID: COLL/291

Primary Creator: Van Groningen, Gerard, Sr. (1921-)

Extent: 19.0 Cubic Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description

Abstract

Minister of the Christian Reformed Church; professor at Reformed Theological College at Geelong, Australia; Dordt College at Sioux Center, Iowa; and Reformed Theological Seminary at Jackson, Mississippi; president of Trinity College at Palos Heights, Illinois; chairman of the Old Testament department at Andrew Jumper Theological Graduate Center, Sao Paulo, Brazil; and president of Christ for Russia.   The collection includes addresses; sermons; chapel talks; devotionals; lectures; conference messages; articles; college materials; periodical clippings; general and family correspondence; family diaries; memoirs; papers; scrapbook; course materials; study guides; book manuscripts; and letters of call; correspondence and documents detailing Christ for Russia and International Theological Evangelical Ministries (ITEM); materials on the Latvia/RIGA program; and materials detailing various committees and positions served.  Among the topics included are missions, various form of modernism facing the church, biblical revelation, and covenant.  [See also the Campus Titles Database.]

Biographical Note

An ordained minister in the Christian Reformed Church, Dr. Gerard Van Groningen Sr. earned his doctorate from the University of Melbourne in 1970. He was born in Leota, Minnesota on 25 March 1921 to Hendrick and Jennie. The family later moved to Ripon, California.  Van Groningen enrolled at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan.  When he received his BD at Calvin Theological Seminary, he began his active ministry in the Borculo (Michigan) Christian Reformed Church, preaching his inaugural sermon Sunday, 2 October 1955.  Classis Zeeland had admitted him to the ministry in a session 14 September 1955.

The ministry in the Borculo congregation ended when he and his family moved to Australia in 1958. The work in Australian continued until 1971.  During that period, he served as minister of the Christian Reformed Church of Geelong, 1958-1961; Professor of Old Testament at the Reformed Theological Seminary, Geelong, Australia, 1961-1971.

Next the family moved to Iowa where he served as Professor of Bible at Dordt College from 1971-1973.  The next few years, 1973-1980, he was professor of Old Testament at the Reformed Theological Seminary at Jackson, Mississippi.  Before his retirement in 1984, Van Groningen was President of Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Illinois.  While a heart condition limited his activities, he served as Adjunct Professor Emeritus at the Covenant Theological Seminary from 1985.

Among his writings are "Messianism in the Old Testament" and chapters in symposiums: "Genesis" in Interpreting God's Word Today (Baker); "The Final Question" in The Law and the Prophets (Reformed and Presbyterian Press); and "Australia and New Zeeland" in Lengthened Cords (Baker), in addition to Theological essays in Encyclopedia of Christianity, Theological Handbook of the Old Testament, and Baker's Evangelical Dictionary of Theology (Ed. W. Elwell).

Van Groningen married Harriet Stuitje in 1949 and they have eight children, Betty Jane, Gerard Jr., John Philip, Willis Dean, Jay Henry, Beverly Grace, David Tom, and Charles Neil.

Administrative Information

Repository: Heritage Hall, Hekman Library

Alternate Extent Statement: 38 Boxes

Acquisition Source: G. Van Groningen

Other Note: Acc. No. 03.25 and 11.06


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Ministerial Activities.  Addresses],
[Series 2: Addresses. College Material],
[Series 3: Diaries, Scrapbook],
[Series 4: The Unfinished Book],
[Series 5: Letters, 1967-1976],
[Series 6: Letters from Parents, 1954-1971],
[Series 7: Letters to Parents from Australia, 1959-1971],
[Series 8: Correspondence, 1958-1997],
[Series 9: Papers],
[Series 10: Sermons and Lectures],
[Series 11: Correspondence],
[Series 12: Course Materials],
[All]

Series 2: Addresses. College Material
Box 2
Folder 1: Addresses: Prophecy.  Ministers Seminar of the Church of Christ, Jackson, Mississippi --- 1978
Folder 2: Addresses: How to read your Bible, at Bible Conference, Trinity Presbyterian Church, Dothan, Alabama --- 1978
Folder 3: Addresses: Lectures at Pensecola Theological Institute.  Correspondence.  Notes --- 1978
Folder 4: Addresses: Education for Maturity.  Classis Wisconsin.  Outlined. --- 1980
Folder 5: Addresses: Our Conception of the Church.  Inter Nos --- 1980
Folder 6: Addresses: New Hermeneutics at Western Springs CRC --- 1980
Folder 7: Paper: A Critique of Jesus Rediscovered --- 1980
Folder 8: Addresses: Charting the Future.  Christian Education --- 1981
Folder 9: Addresses: On Christian Heritage - Past, Present, Future.  51st Men's Federation Convention.  Outlined --- 1981
Folder 10: Addresses: Radio Talks over W L N R --- undated
Folder 11: Article: Modern Trends in Old Testament Theology and their effects upon exegesis.  Geelong, Australia --- 1982
Folder 12: Addresses: Interpretation of Genesis 1-11.  Lansing, IL --- 1982
Folder 13: Addresses: Reformation Day --- 1982
Folder 14: Addresses: Fan the Flame, Illiana Christian High School --- June 1983
Folder 15: Addresses: The Theology of Prayer. Ward Memorial Presbyterian Church, Livonia, MI.  Outlined.  Correspondence --- 1983
Folder 16: Addresses: Minor Prophets-Overview.  Lectures at Bethel Christian Reformed Church, Lansing, IL.  Outlined.  Correspondence --- 1983
Folder 17: Addresses: Renewing our Biblically Informed Vision of Christian Education Christian Education, Convention --- 1983
Folder 18: Addresses: Where are we Going? Central Wisconsin Christian High. Outlined.  Correspondence --- 1983
Folder 19: Addresses: Joy.  Spiritual Conference, Sudan United Mission, Jos, Nigeria, June 1984.  Outlines.  Correspondence --- 1983-84
Folder 20: Addresses: Our Response to a Fourfold Mandat.  Outlined.  District IV.  Delevan, WI --- 1984
Folder 21: Addresses: On Christian Education --- 1984
Folder 22: Addresses: Holiness in Life, at Prime Time Summer Retreat, Carlinville, IL --- June 1988
Folder 23: Addresses: Rest Home messages --- 1988
Folder 24: Addresses: Family Devotions, at Adult Sunday School, Supplemental material
Folder 25: Addresses: People who care. French Camp Academy --- 1991
Folder 26: Addresses: Reformed Faith: The Faith for the World Today, Reformed Ministers Conference.
Folder 27: Article: Women in the Old Testament Revelation.  Outlined, Not Dated

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Ministerial Activities.  Addresses],
[Series 2: Addresses. College Material],
[Series 3: Diaries, Scrapbook],
[Series 4: The Unfinished Book],
[Series 5: Letters, 1967-1976],
[Series 6: Letters from Parents, 1954-1971],
[Series 7: Letters to Parents from Australia, 1959-1971],
[Series 8: Correspondence, 1958-1997],
[Series 9: Papers],
[Series 10: Sermons and Lectures],
[Series 11: Correspondence],
[Series 12: Course Materials],
[All]


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