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Ralph Bronkema Collection, 1924-1954

Collection Overview

Title: Ralph Bronkema Collection, 1924-1954

ID: COLL/026

Creator: Bronkema, Ralph (1893-1973)

Extent: 5.0 Boxes. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description

Abstract

Minister of the Christian Reformed Church. The collection includes sermons and reminiscences entitled "Our Impressions of the Netherlands," describing post-war aspects of the Netherlands.

Biographical Note

The Yearbook of the Christian Reformed Church lists only one church under the name of Ralph Bronkema.  In 1929 he accepted the call of First Orange City, Iowa, and served that congregation until 1952.  Our collection of sermons makes references to churches where he preached some of his sermons after his retirement.  Although he retired early because of diabetic disabilities, he was able to serve for brief periods in Los Angeles, California; Edmonton, Alberta; Dresden, Ontario; Salt Lake City, Utah; Eau Galle, Florida, and British Columbia; Tyler, Minnesota; and Neerlandia, Alberta.

Ralph Bronkema was born, June 10, 1883, of immigrant parents, members of the Coldbrook CRC, Grand Rapids, Michigan.  As a young man he contributed to the family finances by working at various jobs while continuing his education.  After two years at the seminary he accepted a teaching position at the newly founded Christian high school in Grand Rapids.  After teaching Bible for five years he continued his theological instruction at the Free University of Amsterdam.  His doctoral dissertation was entitled The Essence of Puritanism. Bronkema married Ethel Louise Kraker. Together they had 3 children–Randall John, Thomas Roy, and Pamela Jean.

While in the Netherlands he established good relationships with many people.  He preached for forty weeks in the Bergen church.  After WWII he organized a relief program using his friends in the Netherlands as contact person for the distribution of tons of food, clothing, and medicine from Northwest Iowa.  For this work the Dutch government knighted him.  In the collection there is a vivid mimeographed account of his visit to the Netherlands after the war. In 1954 Bronkema began to be involved in Home Missions, starting in the Greater Muskegon, Michigan area. Bronkema continued his Home Missionary work in Orlando, Florida. In 1966 he became Chaplain for the U.S. Air Force. By 1986 Bronkema was pastor for Special Ministries in Indian Harbor Beach, Florida.

Ralph Bronkema passed away on May 4, 1973. Although he served only one congregation during his active ministry, his activities reached people beyond the immediate area of the congregational membership.  His line of communication crossed the Atlantic Ocean.


Box and Folder Listing

Series 1: Addresses, Papers --- 1929-1954Add to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Addresses - Ministers' Conference and other occasionsAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Articles and reportsAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Conversations with Mormons while in Salt Lake City as associate pastorAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Christian Reformed Church in Iowa.  Manuscript not published --- 1943Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Letter of acceptance to Orange City, Iowa, CRC --- August 3, 1929Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Memorial messageAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Our Impressions of the Netherlands, bound mimeographed copies (2).  Impressions of post-war Netherlands --- 1946Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Outlined sermons on small cards.  (Incomplete)  Reduced sermons on cards for preachingAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Paper:  The "tongues" in Acts compared with the "tongues" in Corinthians --- February 1, 1924Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Promotie Dinner in Amsterdam, menu --- April 1, 1929Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Twelve articles based on book "The Essence of Puritanism" --- 1954Add to your cart.
Series 2: Heidelberg Catechism Sermons --- 1929-1938Add to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Lord's Day 45 - Lord's Day 52 --- October 1929-May 1930Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Lord's Day 1 - Lord's Day 11 --- July 1930-November 1931Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Lord's Day 12 - Lord's Day 52 --- December 1931-May 1934Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Lord's Day 1 - Lord's Day 52 --- July 1934-January 1938Add to your cart.
Series 3: Sermons for Special Days --- 1929-1945Add to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Sermons:  Advent --- 1929-1932Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Sermons:  Ascension Day --- 1934-1939Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Sermons:  Communion (Preparatory, Communion, Post-Communion) --- 1933-1945Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Sermons:  Easter --- 1930-1935Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Sermons:  First and Second Samuel --- 1932Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Sermons:  First year of ministryAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Sermons:  Good Friday --- -1930Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Sermons:  New Year's Day --- 1931-1935Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Sermons:  Old Year's Eve --- 1931-1939Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Sermons:  on parablesAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Sermons:  PentecostAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Sermons:  Prayer Day --- 1931-1941Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Sermons:  Preparatory --- 1931-1940Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Sermons:  Post Easter --- 1931-1935Add to your cart.
Series 4: Sermons:  Genesis to Luke --- 1932-1944Add to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Sermons:  Special days, GeneralAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Sermons:  Genesis to JoshuaAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Sermons:  I Samuel to EstherAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Sermons:  Job to MalachiAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Sermons:  Matthew to MarkAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Sermons:  LukeAdd to your cart.
Series 5: Sermons:  John to Revelation --- 1932-1944Add to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Sermons:  John to ActsAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Sermons:  Romans to II TimothyAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Sermons:  Hebrews to RevelationAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Sermons:  "To the Saints," written for comfort, encouragement, instructionAdd to your cart.