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Rolf L. Veenstra Collection, 1968-1990

Collection Overview

Title: Rolf L. Veenstra Collection, 1968-1990

ID: COLL/307

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 teacher and librarian of Rehoboth Christian School until his retirement in 1979.

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.

Box and Folder Listing

Series 1: PapersAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Clipping from the Gallup Independent: Left vs. Right…Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence. --- January 15, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Notes on Body/Spirit: TrichotomyAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Notes on Crisis InterventionAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Notes on Faith, Prayer, Sickness, and Death --- April 4, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Notes on Infant Baptism; Salvation of InfantsAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Notes on RevelationAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Notes on SalvationAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Notes on Who Is the Holy Spirit? And Are There Few That Are Saved?Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Course at RBI, Biblical Mission Principles I --- 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Course at RBI, Biblical Mission Principles IIAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Course at RBI, ExtensionAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Course at RBI, Personal EvangelismAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Course at RBI, RevelationAdd to your cart.