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Title: Marvin John Van der Werp Collection, 1926-1967

ID: COLL/286

Primary Creator: Van der Werp, Marvin John (1902-1976)

Extent: 0.25 Cubic Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description


Minister of the Christian Reformed Church. The collection includes sermons, radio messages, addresses, lectures, and Bible studies in The League Echo (vol. 2, nos. 2-7, 1938), published by the Western League of Young Men's and Young Ladies' Societies.

Biographical Note

Marvin John Vanderwerp was born in Grand Haven, Michigan on August 29, 1902.  He attended Calvin Prep School, and then went off to Calvin College. He graduated with his bachelor's degree in 1925.  Vanderwerp taught at the Christian School of Fulton, Illinois for two years. During this time, he met his bride-to-be, Anna Huizenga.

Vanderwerp return to Grand Rapids to attend Calvin Theological Seminary and graduated in 1928.  In the same year, Vanderwerp accepted his first charge in Peoria, Iowa. He would serve the Peoria congregation until 1932. He went on to serve the congregations of Prinsburg, MN, 1932-35; Second, Orange City, IA, 1935-40; First, Jenison, MI, 1940-44; Warren Park, Cicero, IL, 1944-48; Second, Fremont, MI, 1948-52; Ninth St., Holland, MI, 1952-58; Delavan, WI, 1958-62; and Spring Lake, MI, 1962-67. After many years of active ministry, Rev. Vanderwerp retired in 1967.

During his career Rev. Vanderwerp served the denomination in various ways. He was a delegate to synod, he was a member of the Board of Trustees for Calvin College and Seminary, and as a synodical deputy. Even after retirement, Rev. Vanderwerp served many churches as an interim pastor. On December 29, 1976, Marvin John Vanderwerp passed away due to a lingering illness. At the time of his death he was serving as an assistant pastor at Ninth Street CRC in Holland, Michigan.

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Series 1: Miscellaneous
Box 1
Folder 1: Installation sermons --- 1928, 1932
Folder 2: Sermons --- 1945
Folder 3: Sermons, Dutch language
Folder 4: Sermons
Item 1: Funeral service --- 1955
Item 2: Farewell --- 1967
Folder 5: Address, entitled "Christian Witnessing" --- undated
Folder 6: Radio addresses, Chicago, Illinois --- 1946
Folder 7: Article, entitled, "The Rev. Douwe Johannes Van der Werp" --- 1968
Folder 8: Speech, entitled, "Indoctrination" --- 1936
Folder 9: Paper, entitled "The Development of the Messianic Ideal" --- undated
Folder 10: Paper, entitled "Why must we do mission work?" --- undated
Folder 11: Periodical, entitled The League Echo, Vol. II, no. 2-7 --- 1938-1939
Folder 12: Notebooks
Item 1: Wedding manual --- 1910
Item 2: List of sermons preached and where --- 1926-1928
Item 3: List of sermons, children baptized, marriages, etc. --- 1928-1938
Folder 13: Documents
Item 1: Certificate of Ordination --- 1928
Item 2: Wedding announcement --- 1928

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