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Marvin John Van der Werp Collection, 1926-1967

Collection Overview

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

ID: COLL/286

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.

Box and Folder Listing

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