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Floris Vander Stoep Collection



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Title: Floris Vander Stoep Collection, 1935-1967

ID: COLL/445

Primary Creator: Vander Stoep, Floris (1903-1996)

Extent: 1.0 Cubic Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description


Minister of the Christian Reformed Church. The collection consists of sermons in various categories in the Dutch and in the English language.

Biographical Note

Son of Dutch immigrants, Floris Vander Stoep was born in Oak Harbor, Washington, on May 3, 1903. Vander Stoep's father passed away when he was still a student at Hull Academy in Hull, Iowa. At that time, he had to sacrifice finishing his education to help support his mother and siblings.  Although this was a time of great financial hardship, he was encouraged by his catechism teachers and pastor, Rev. A. Terpstra, to finish his education and pursue a career in ministry. After hearing a speech by Jacob Bolt about his ministry work among the Navajo people, Vander Stoep was determined to become a minister.

Once he received his high school diploma, Vander Stoep enrolled at Calvin College.  He continued his education at Calvin Theological Seminary where he earned his B.D. in 1935.He was ordained on March 22, 1935 in Ocheyedan, Iowa and served there until 1940.  An opportunity opened up for Rev. Vander Stoep to became a missionary at Two Wells, New Mexico. He finally met his goal of working with the Navajo people.  He stayed in Two Wells for two years and then transferred to Shiprock, New Mexico. where he would spend the remainder of this career. During the course of his career in New Mexico, Rev. Vander Stoep became well versed in the Navajo culture and history, even learning the language. After 28 years in Shiprock, Rev. Vander Stoep retired from active missionary work in 1968. Before leaving the Navajo, he taught the Navajo Christians to become leaders in their own churches, encouraging them to take on the responsibilities of managing them. Rev. Vander Stoep also served a number of times as a delegate to synod.

In 1931 Rev. Vander Stoep married Elizabeth Vertregt. She also shared the passion for missionary work with the Navajos. She was a nurse and was able to assist in the missionary field alongside her husband. Together they had 6 children. On August 22, 1996 Rev. Floris Vander Stoep passed away at the age of 93. He was preceded in death by his wife in 1994 and two of their children. Four of the children survived him.

Box and Folder Listing

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[Series 1: Sermons, 1935-67],

Series 1: Sermons --- 1935-67
Box 1
Folder 1: Sermons --- 1935
Folder 2: Sermons --- 1936
Folder 3: Sermons --- 1937
Folder 4: Sermons --- 1938
Folder 5: Sermons --- 1939
Folder 6: Sermons --- 1940
Folder 7: Sermons --- 1952
Folder 8: Sermons --- 1953
Folder 9: Sermons --- 1954
Folder 10: Sermons --- 1955
Box 2
Folder 1: Sermons --- 1960
Folder 2: Sermons --- 1961
Folder 3: Sermons --- 1963
Folder 4: Sermons --- 1965
Folder 5: Sermons --- 1966
Folder 6: Sermons --- 1967
Folder 7: Sermons --- 1964

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