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Theodore P. Verhulst Collection



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Sermonic material in Dutch language

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Title: Theodore P. Verhulst Collection, 1927-1946

ID: COLL/315

Primary Creator: Verhulst, Theodore P. (1906-1955)

Extent: 1.0 Cubic Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description


Minister of the Christian Reformed Church. The collection includes class lecture notes, speeches, papers, sermons, and correspondence with the Mission Board concerning the Navajo and Zuni mission fields.

Biographical Note

Sheboygan Christian Reformed Church produced many sons and daughters who became ministers or teachers in the denomination.  Ted Verhulst taught for a few years in the Christian School in Baldwin, Wisconsin, before entering the ministry.

Theodore Verhulst was born in Sheboygan June 7, 1906.  The parental home placed special emphasis on covenant education.  The family moved to Hull, Iowa, where father Peter accepted an appointment to serve as financial agent for Western Academy.  The stress on Christian education may have prompted son Theodore to become a teacher.  However, after two years, Theodore entered a program of study for the ministry.

After graduating from Calvin Seminary in 1934, Theodore served the Hollandale, Minnesota, congregation beginning in July.  This small congregation had become an organized church in April.  In October the members of the church called candidate Verhulst to serve as pastor not only of the congregation but also as chaplain in Rochester, Minnesota, at Mayo Clinic, to those of the Christian Reformed Church who became patients there.

In 1938 Verhulst moved to Archer Avenue Christian Reformed Church, in Chicago.  From there he went to second Pella, Iowa, in 1943 and then served in Graafschap, Michigan, from 1948 to 1952.  During a brief ministry in Bethel Christian Reformed Church, Lynden, Washington, it became apparent that Ted would be constrained to end his active ministry because of cancer.  He died March 23, 1955, after a year of suffering during which he gave a good testimony of the grace of God in his life to doctors, nurses, and those who visited him. He was survived by his wife, Rena née Hoogeboom, and their children.

His sermonic material gives evidence of diligent study, pastoral concern and personal experience.

Box and Folder Listing

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[Series 1: Varia],
[Series 2: Sermonic material in Dutch language, 1936-1947],

Series 1: Varia
Box 1
Folder 1: Class lecture notes, Biology
Folder 2: Class lecture notes, Calvinism --- 1930-1931
Folder 3: Class lecture notes, Dutch history
Folder 4: Class lecture notes, Dutch literature
Folder 5: Class lecture notes, Greek
Folder 6: Class lecture notes, Dutch history; "Renaissance and Reformation" --- 1930
Folder 7: Class lecture notes, Latin
Folder 8: Class lecture notes, Philosophy --- 1930-1931
Folder 9: Class lecture note,: Philosophy, Greek Philosophy and Modern Philosophy --- 1930-1931
Folder 10: Class lecture notes: Reformed Doctrine --- 1927-1928
Folder 11: Class lecture notes: New Testament Biblical Theology --- 1928-1929
Folder 12: Papers written by Louis Voskuil
Folder 13: Correspondence, DeKorne and Verhulst --- 1944-1946
Folder 14: Christian Instruction in Physiology by Harold Verhulst and C. Aué
Folder 15: Psychology notes
Folder 16: Miscellaneous studies
Folder 17: Student sermon outlines
Folder 18: Hungarian assistance, certificate, "In Grateful Appreciation" --- 1949
Folder 19: Sociology course paper, The Grand Rapids Jail --- 1929
Folder 20: Reformed ethics paper, Asceticism and Christian Morality --- 1933
Folder 21: Polemics paper, Faith Healing --- 1933
Series 2: Sermonic material in Dutch language --- 1936-1947
Box 2
Folder 1: Heidelberg Catechism sermons --- 1936
Folder 2: Sermons on Genesis 27:35; Matthew 12:42; Matthew 25:6; John 11:24; I Peter 2:21-23
Folder 3: Bundled booklets

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