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Remkes Kooistra Collection

Overview

Abstract

Biographical Note

Detailed Description

Biographical Notes, Ministry in the Netherlands

Activities in the Netherlands

Correspondence: University and First Congregation

Correspondence

Correspondence, Hengelo 's-Gravenhage, Red Deer

Correspondence, Red Deer and Ebenezer, Toronto

Correspondence, Trenton and First Toronto

Correspondence, First Toronto

Correspondence, Campus Ministry and Retirement Period

Ebenezer, Trenton and First Toronto

First Toronto and Waterloo

Christian Education Material

Christian Labor Association of Canada (CLAC) and Council of Christian Reformed Churches in Canada (CCRCC)

Church and Nation Material

Council of Christian Reformed Churches in Canada (CCRCC)

Council of Christian Reformed Churches in Canada (CCRCC); Lord's Day Alliance of Canada

Committee on Confessional Revision on Gravamen of Dr. Harry Boer

Interchurch Project on Population

Interchurch Project on Population and Race Commission

Race Commission [Synodical Committee on Race Relations (SCORR)]; Eastern Canada Interclassical Conference

Varia

Articles Published, Book Reviews

Book Reviews, Committee Activities

Committee Activities, Huron Campus Ministry

Huron Campus Ministry

Huron Campus Ministry; Issues of Interest

Reports; Issues of Interest

Diaries

Varia

Canadian Congress on Evangelism

Christian Reformed World Relief Committee



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Remkes Kooistra Collection, 1933-1995 | Heritage Hall, Hekman Library

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Collection Overview

Title: Remkes Kooistra Collection, 1933-1995

ID: COLL/148

Primary Creator: Remkes Kooistra (1917-2005)

Extent: 35.0 Boxes

Arrangement: Folder level description

Abstract

Minister of the Christian Reformed Church and editor of Church and Nation. The collection includes papers, reports, correspondence, sermons, editorials, articles, class notes, press clippings, and subject files on churches in the Netherlands during World War II; Klaas Schilder case; Canadian churches; Council of Christian Reformed Churches in Canada; Christian Labour Association of Canada; Church and Nation; Christian education; Synodical Committee on Race Relations; Synodical Committee on Infallibility and Inspiration; and campus ministry at the University of Waterloo and at Wilfrid Laurier University.

Biographical Note

Remkes Kooistra was born in the village of Wijk aan Zee, the Netherlands on May 22, 1917. Kooistra attended the seminary in Kampen and went on to earn this doctorate in theology and sociology from the Free University of Amsterdam. In 1943, Kooistra married Jantje (Jannette) Feddema and together they had four children. Kooistra served the following congregations in the Netherlands Siegerswoude (1943-1947); Hengelo (1947-1951); and The Hague (1951-1955).

In 1955, Kooistra and his family immigrated to North America and settled in Alberta, Canada to serve the congregation of Red Deer. Kooistra served at Red Deer until 1960; where he went on to serve the churches of Trenton, Ontario (1960-1964) and First, Toronto, Ontario (1964-1974).  In 1974, Kooistra decided to serve university campuses. He became campus chaplain at Wilfred Laurier University, University of Waterloo, and University of Guelph. He taught Greek and Dutch courses at St. Paul’s college and University of Waterloo. He also occasionally taught classes or gave lectures at the Institute for Christian Studies, Calvin College, and Redeemer University College. In 1982 Kooistra retired from active ministry and teaching.

Kooistra also served as a hospital chaplain in Waterloo, comforting and tending to the sick and their families. Kooistra found time to serve on several boards and committees including First Committee on Women in Office, member on the Board of Home Missions, and Christian Reformed World Relief Committee to name a few. In his free time, Kooistra liked to write. He wrote several catechism booklets such as By Grace Through Faith. He published a collection of stories from Holocaust survivors called Where Was God?

Kooistra passed away unexpectedly on May 30, 2005 in Brampton Ontario.


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Biographical Notes, Ministry in the Netherlands, 1943-1969],
[Series 2: Activities in the Netherlands, 1944-1955],
[Series 3: Correspondence: University and First Congregation, 1933-1946],
[Series 4: Correspondence, 1946-1948],
[Series 5: Correspondence, Hengelo 's-Gravenhage, Red Deer, 1949-1955],
[Series 6: Correspondence, Red Deer and Ebenezer, Toronto, 1956-1963],
[Series 7: Correspondence, Trenton and First Toronto, 1964-1967],
[Series 8: Correspondence, First Toronto, 1968-1972],
[Series 9: Correspondence, Campus Ministry and Retirement Period, 1973-1974],
[Series 10: Ebenezer, Trenton and First Toronto, 1960-1974],
[Series 11: First Toronto and Waterloo, 1964-1981],
[Series 12: Christian Education Material, 1955-1979],
[Series 13: Christian Labor Association of Canada (CLAC) and Council of Christian Reformed Churches in Canada (CCRCC), 1956-1963 and 1968-1973],
[Series 14: Church and Nation Material, 1958-1972],
[Series 15: Council of Christian Reformed Churches in Canada (CCRCC), 1973-1980],
[Series 16: Council of Christian Reformed Churches in Canada (CCRCC); Lord's Day Alliance of Canada, 1965-1979],
[Series 17: Committee on Confessional Revision on Gravamen of Dr. Harry Boer, 1977-1979],
[Series 18: Interchurch Project on Population, 1973-1975],
[Series 19: Interchurch Project on Population and Race Commission, 1977-1980 and 1965-1970],
[Series 20: Race Commission [Synodical Committee on Race Relations (SCORR)]; Eastern Canada Interclassical Conference, 1970-1975],
[Series 21: Varia, 1947-1987],
[Series 22: Articles Published, Book Reviews, 1960-1987],
[Series 23: Book Reviews, Committee Activities, 1965-1984],
[Series 24: Committee Activities, Huron Campus Ministry, 1967-1984],
[Series 25: Huron Campus Ministry, 1976-1981],
[Series 26: Huron Campus Ministry; Issues of Interest, 1960-1984],
[Series 27: Reports; Issues of Interest, 1963-1986],
[Series 28: Diaries, 1946-1984],
[Series 29: Varia],
[Series 30: Canadian Congress on Evangelism, 1967-1971],
[Series 31: Christian Reformed World Relief Committee, 1960-1962],
[All]

Series 1: Biographical Notes, Ministry in the Netherlands --- 1943-1969
Box 1
Folder 1: Biographical notes and bibliography
Folder 2: Siegerswoude; clippings and communications --- 1943-1947
Folder 3: Siegerswoude, reports and other material after liberation of the Netherlands --- 1945
Folder 4: Siegerswoude, documents of period immediately after World War II --- 1945
Folder 5: Siegerswoude, report on activities of the evacuation committee --- 1945
Folder 6: Hengelo; church and news and tensions --- 1947-1951
Folder 7: s-Gravenhage West; reports and commissions --- 1951-1954
Folder 8: Call letter from Red Deer, Alberta; correspondence --- 1954
Folder 9: Call letter from Richmond, British Columbia, correspondence --- December 1957
Folder 10: Call letter from Williamsburg, Ontario, correspondence --- May 1958
Folder 11: Call letter from Essex, Ontario, correspondence --- August 1958
Folder 12: Call letter from Kitchener, Ontario, correspondence --- November 1958
Folder 13: Call letter from Bethel, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, correspondence --- April 1959
Folder 14: Call letter from Ebenezer, Jarvis, Ontario, correspondence --- November 1959
Folder 15: Call letter from Ebenezer, Trenton, Ontario, correspondence --- November 1959
Folder 16: Call letter from Ebenezer, Trenton, Ontario, correspondence --- January 1960
Folder 17: Call letter from First Toronto, Ontario, correspondence --- 1969

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Biographical Notes, Ministry in the Netherlands, 1943-1969],
[Series 2: Activities in the Netherlands, 1944-1955],
[Series 3: Correspondence: University and First Congregation, 1933-1946],
[Series 4: Correspondence, 1946-1948],
[Series 5: Correspondence, Hengelo 's-Gravenhage, Red Deer, 1949-1955],
[Series 6: Correspondence, Red Deer and Ebenezer, Toronto, 1956-1963],
[Series 7: Correspondence, Trenton and First Toronto, 1964-1967],
[Series 8: Correspondence, First Toronto, 1968-1972],
[Series 9: Correspondence, Campus Ministry and Retirement Period, 1973-1974],
[Series 10: Ebenezer, Trenton and First Toronto, 1960-1974],
[Series 11: First Toronto and Waterloo, 1964-1981],
[Series 12: Christian Education Material, 1955-1979],
[Series 13: Christian Labor Association of Canada (CLAC) and Council of Christian Reformed Churches in Canada (CCRCC), 1956-1963 and 1968-1973],
[Series 14: Church and Nation Material, 1958-1972],
[Series 15: Council of Christian Reformed Churches in Canada (CCRCC), 1973-1980],
[Series 16: Council of Christian Reformed Churches in Canada (CCRCC); Lord's Day Alliance of Canada, 1965-1979],
[Series 17: Committee on Confessional Revision on Gravamen of Dr. Harry Boer, 1977-1979],
[Series 18: Interchurch Project on Population, 1973-1975],
[Series 19: Interchurch Project on Population and Race Commission, 1977-1980 and 1965-1970],
[Series 20: Race Commission [Synodical Committee on Race Relations (SCORR)]; Eastern Canada Interclassical Conference, 1970-1975],
[Series 21: Varia, 1947-1987],
[Series 22: Articles Published, Book Reviews, 1960-1987],
[Series 23: Book Reviews, Committee Activities, 1965-1984],
[Series 24: Committee Activities, Huron Campus Ministry, 1967-1984],
[Series 25: Huron Campus Ministry, 1976-1981],
[Series 26: Huron Campus Ministry; Issues of Interest, 1960-1984],
[Series 27: Reports; Issues of Interest, 1963-1986],
[Series 28: Diaries, 1946-1984],
[Series 29: Varia],
[Series 30: Canadian Congress on Evangelism, 1967-1971],
[Series 31: Christian Reformed World Relief Committee, 1960-1962],
[All]


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