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J.R. Brink Collection

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Biographical Note

Administrative Information

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Correspondence and Miscellaneous Papers

Churches Served by J. R. Brink

Sermon Material

Notebooks, Biographical Material, Reports

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J.R. Brink Collection, 1892-1958 | Heritage Hall, Hekman Library

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Collection Overview

Title: J.R. Brink Collection, 1892-1958Add to your cart.

ID: COLL/024

Primary Creator: Brink, J.R. (1872-1960)

Extent: 7.0 Boxes. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description

Subjects: Brink, John R., 1872-1960, Christian Reformed Church - Missions, Church work, Hanley (Mich.) - History, Missions, Sermons, Dutch, Traditional medicine

Abstract

Minister of the Christian Reformed Church and missionary. The collection includes letters, reports, financial records, medical remedies, sermons, topic notes, and a scrapbook with articles submitted to periodicals.

Biographical Note

The Rev. Mr. Brink was born in Onnen, Groningen, the Netherlands, on 13 November 1872, the youngest of eight children.  His father was a carpenter, a loyal member of the Gereformeerde Kerk.  When relatives in the United States wrote urging the family to join them, his parents decided to emigrate.  They settled on a farm near Jamestown, Michigan.  Early days were beset with hardship.

After about five years the family moved to Holland, Michigan, where his father resumed his carpentry trade, but died within a year.  John was eighteen and went to work in a furniture factory to support his mother.  The following years were spent teaching in the Grand Haven Christian School, studying for a year and a summer at Hope College, and teaching for two years at a Christian school in Chicago.

Although he enjoyed teaching, he still strongly felt the call to the gospel ministry.  When Classis Holland granted him $175 a year for theological study, he and his mother moved to Grand Rapids.  Six years later, in 1902, he graduated from Calvin’s “Theological School.”  That same year he married Helen Noordewier, daughter of Rev. Jacob Noordewier, the Christian Reformed pastor after whom Noordewier Hall (at Calvin College) is named.

His first congregation was the Reeman, Michigan, Christian Reformed Church, where he served with joy until 1905.  During those years he paid back the money borrowed from classis for his education.  Two children, Johanna and Ralph, were born in Reeman.  After this he served as home missionary in Grand Rapids until 1907, when he moved to the East Side Church of Cleveland, Ohio.  Daughter Catherine was born there, but died at the age of thirteen months.  When the Second Church of Englewood called him for a second time, he accepted the call and moved to Chicago in 1911.

In 1913 he was called a second time to serve as home missionary for Classes Grand Rapids East and West.  He accepted the call, since this work had always had a big place in his heart.  He was particularly well-suited to this pioneering in church extension.  Strong and energetic, he was perpetually optimistic about the potential for growth in small congregations.  He took special delight in watching the development of leadership and spiritual growth in these young churches.  During these busy, active years he served in more than twenty locations, starting sixteen new congregations, including some in Canada.  Two more daughters, Ruth and Lois, were born during those years.

Classis Illinois called him to the same kind of work in 1928.  While based in Chicago, he worked in wide-ranging fields, starting ten new congregations in less than ten years.  From 1938 to 1942 his work was again centered in Grand Rapids.  The two years before his retirement as home missionary were difficult ones.  An accident, in which a train seriously injured his foot, and the lingering illness and death of Mrs. Brink, took their tolls.  However, he was able to get the Boston Square Church started before his compulsory retirement as missionary in 1943. A brief period of service at Rehoboth, New Mexico, and three years as pastor in Conrad, Montana, preceded his second retirement in 1946.  His last years were spent in Grand Rapids, where he passed away on 22 July 1960.

Subject/Index Terms

Brink, John R., 1872-1960
Christian Reformed Church - Missions
Church work
Hanley (Mich.) - History
Missions
Sermons, Dutch
Traditional medicine

Administrative Information

Repository: Heritage Hall, Hekman Library

Alternate Extent Statement: 3.39 cubic ft.

Acquisition Source: Gift of J. Van Bruggen family.

Other Note: Collection in Dutch.


Box and Folder Listing


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[Series 1: Correspondence and Miscellaneous Papers, 1892-1958],
[Series 2: Churches Served by J. R. Brink],
[Series 3: Sermon Material, 1889-1957],
[Series 4: Notebooks, Biographical Material, Reports, 1893-1940s],
[Series 5: Addenda, 1892-1940s],
[Series 6: Scrapbook],
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Series 1: Correspondence and Miscellaneous Papers --- 1892-1958Add to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Biographical materialAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence --- 1892-Jan 1912Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence, Goodman --- 1912, 1913-April 1917Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Correspondence --- July 1917-Sept. 1925Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Correspondence --- Sept 1925-July 1927Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Correspondence --- Sept 1927-Jan. 1931Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Correspondence --- Jan 1931-March 1939Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Correspondence --- Aug 1939-1956Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Sermons and sermon notes --- 1895-1939Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Sermon notes --- 1940-1958Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Undated sermons and sermon notesAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Church financial reportsAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Bulletins and church articlesAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Church Reports --- 1913-1931Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Church Reports --- 1932-1956Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Notes and articles about churchesAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Miscellaneous notes and sermons, DutchAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Miscellaneous notesAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: Miscellaneous notes and lettersAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: Miscellaneous notes and lettersAdd to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Miscellaneous notesAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Miscellaneous notes - DutchAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Note scrapsAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Miscellaneous list of namesAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Collected tracts and articlesAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Collected periodical articlesAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Collected poemsAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Church related notesAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Articles about Home MissionsAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Back to God Hour radio addressesAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Correspondence - re: The BannerAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Miscellaneous writings - DutchAdd to your cart.
Series 2: Churches Served by J. R. BrinkAdd to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Memoirs by J. R. BrinkAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Memoirs of J. R. Brink by R. J. Brink and Ruth (Brink) Hoeksema --- 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Churches served (A): Arcadia, CA; Aylmer, ON.  Notes and correspondenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Churches served (B): Blenheim, and Burlington, ON; Burton Heights, and Boston Square, Grand Rapids, MI; Bozeman, MT; Bunde, MN.  Notes and CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Churches served (C): Caledonia, Comstock, and Coopersville, MI; Cleveland, OH; and Conrad, MT.  ReportsAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Churches served (C): Chatham, ON.  Notes and correspondenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Churches served (D): De Motte, IN; Delavan, WI; Des Plaines, IL; Decatur, Detroit, Dorr, and Dutton MI.  ReportsAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Churches served (E):  Edgerton, MN; Englewood, IL.  Reports and correspondenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Churches served (F):  Fair Oaks, IN; Flint, MI.  Reports and correspondenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Churches served (G):  Godwin Heights, Grand Rapids, MI; Grand Haven, MI; Grant Park, IL; Grant, MI; Grundy Center, IA; Gun River, MI.  ReportsAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Churches served (H):  Hamshire, TX; Hebron, IN; Holland, MI.  Reports and correspondenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Churches served (H): Hamilton and Holland Marsh, ON.  Reports and correspondenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Churches served (I): Imlay City, MI.  Report and correspondenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Churches served (K):  Kankakee, Illinois.  Report and correspondenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Churches served (L):  Lacombe, AB and Lansing, MI.  ReportsAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Churches served (M):  Martin, MI; Momence, IL; Morrison, IL.  Reports and correspondenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Churches served (N):  New Era, MI.  Report and correspondenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Churches served (O):  Oak Lawn, IL; Ontario, CA; Oskaloosa, IA, Otsego, MI.  ReportsAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: Churches served (P):  Pipesone, MN; Plainfield, MI; Portland, MI; Report and correspondenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: Churches served (R):  Randolph, WI; Raymond, MN; Rehoboth, NM.  Reports and correspondenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: Churches served (S):  Sarnia, ON; Sparta, MI; Reports and correspondenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: Churches served (T):  Toronto, ON; Traverse City, MI.  Reports and correspondenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: Churches served (W):  Walker, MI; Western Springs, IL; Willard, OH; Wyoming Park, MI.  ReportsAdd to your cart.
Series 3: Sermon Material --- 1889-1957Add to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Addresses.  Notes and observations --- 1889-1942Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Commemorative sermon on Deut. 8:2 on the 40th anniversary of preaching of J. Noordewier, bound bookAdd to your cart.
Folder 3Add to your cart.
Item 1: Sermons on Matt. 13:33 --- 1900Add to your cart.
Item 2: Sermons on John 20:11-18 --- 1901Add to your cart.
Item 3: Sermons on I Corinthians 6:20 --- 1901Add to your cart.
Item 4: Sermons on  I John 3:2, 3 --- 1901Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Sermons:  Miracles of Jesus, bound notebook --- 1902Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Sermons, bound notebook --- 1904-1905Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Sermon notes, bound notebook --- 1904-1912Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Catechism sermons and notes, bound notebook --- 1917Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Sermon notes --- 1908Add to your cart.
Folder 9Add to your cart.
Item 1: Record of preaching, etc. --- 1937-1957Add to your cart.
Item 2: Diary with list of sermons --- 1936-1947Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Collected poems and quotation in notebooks of Mrs. J. R. Brink (Helen Noordewier), essay dated --- July 21912Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Notes on dogmatics.  Notebook --- 1899Add to your cart.
Series 4: Notebooks, Biographical Material, Reports --- 1893-1940sAdd to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Alphabetical index of references - notebookAdd to your cart.
Folder 2Add to your cart.
Item 1: Biographical material - notebook on consistory and committee activities --- 1913-1919Add to your cart.
Item 2: Notebook on mission work --- 1919-1920Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Biographical material - notebook --- 1927-1940Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Biographical material - notebook on education --- 1930sAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Biographical material - notebooks --- 1925-1926, 1932, 1934-36Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Biographical material - notebook on mission experience --- 1940sAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Biographical material - notebook --- 1941-1943Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Divorce and remarriage issue in CRC - published reportsAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Household remedies - notebook (Dutch) and translation of collection of remedies by J. R. B.Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Index notebook, events and topics --- 1935-1939Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Regulations of the school of the Holland CRC of Grand Haven, Michigan --- 1893Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Things old and new in church life clippings --- 1920s and 1930sAdd to your cart.
Series 5: Addenda --- 1892-1940sAdd to your cart.
Box 6Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Articles written by J. R. BrinkAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Call letters and personal papersAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Financial records --- 1892-1937Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Financial records and preaching assignments --- 1900-1935Add to your cart.
Folder 5-6: Letters written by J. R. BrinkAdd to your cart.
Folder 7Add to your cart.
Item 1: Reports to Classes: Grand Rapids --- 1914-1917Add to your cart.
Item 2: Reports to Classes: Illinois --- 1928-1939Add to your cart.
Item 3: Reports to Classes: Grand Rapids --- April 1939Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Reports to Classes: Illinois --- 1927-1939Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Reports to Classes --- 1910s and 1920sAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Reports to and of Classes --- 1930sAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Reports to and of Classes --- 1940sAdd to your cart.
Series 6: ScrapbookAdd to your cart.
Box 7: ScrapbookAdd to your cart.

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Correspondence and Miscellaneous Papers, 1892-1958],
[Series 2: Churches Served by J. R. Brink],
[Series 3: Sermon Material, 1889-1957],
[Series 4: Notebooks, Biographical Material, Reports, 1893-1940s],
[Series 5: Addenda, 1892-1940s],
[Series 6: Scrapbook],
[All]


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