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Title: Rolf L. Veenstra Collection, 1968-1990

ID: COLL/307

Primary Creator: Veenstra, Rolf L. (1913-1990)

Extent: 0.5 Cubic Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description


Minister of the Christian Reformed Church. Papers consist of correspondence, clippings, notes on various aspects of Christian living, course materials on missions, and conference materials.

Biographical Note

Rolf Veenstra was born in Grand Rapids May 20, 1913.  The Veenstra family moved to Colorado.  After graduation from high school, Rolf came to Calvin College.  His seminary education was at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia.  An additional year was necessary in order to become ordained in the Christian Reformed Church.

After graduation in 1939, Veenstra served in the Hope Christian Reformed Church, Grandville, Michigan; East Muskegon, Michigan, 1941; Bethel, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1946; First Cicero, Illinois, 1952.  In 1957 he went to Nigeria as a missionary.  Seven years later he taught at the Reformed Bible Institute in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  When Veenstra moved to Rehoboth, New Mexico, in 1969, he served as pastor of Rehoboth CRC until his retirement in 1979. He then volunteered at the Rehoboth Christian High School library for the remainder of his life.

The Veenstras remained in Rehoboth where Rolf passed away December 29, 1990. His wife, Nella née Ricker died in 2011.  For many years he wrote a column in The Banner titled "A Word a Week."

At a memorial service, on January 13 at Sherman Street Christian Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, several of his colleagues spoke about Rolf as a man of prayer.  He was ahead of his time-in less formal attire, changes in worship services, and wit in the pulpit-but held tenaciously to a lively and joyful love for Jesus Christ and the preaching of His Word of Salvation.

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[Series 1: Papers],

Series 1: Papers
Box 1
Folder 1: Clipping from the Gallup Independent: Left vs. Right…
Folder 2: Correspondence. --- January 15, 1990
Folder 3: Notes on Body/Spirit: Trichotomy
Folder 4: Notes on Crisis Intervention
Folder 5: Notes on Faith, Prayer, Sickness, and Death --- April 4, 1978
Folder 6: Notes on Infant Baptism; Salvation of Infants
Folder 7: Notes on Revelation
Folder 8: Notes on Salvation
Folder 9: Notes on Who Is the Holy Spirit? And Are There Few That Are Saved?
Folder 10: Course at RBI, Biblical Mission Principles I --- 1968
Folder 11: Course at RBI, Biblical Mission Principles II
Folder 12: Course at RBI, Extension
Folder 13: Course at RBI, Personal Evangelism
Folder 14: Course at RBI, Revelation

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