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Henry Van der Werp Collection



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Title: Henry Van der Werp Collection, 1880-1917

ID: COLL/163

Primary Creator: Van der Werp, Henry (1846-1918)

Extent: 0.5 Cubic Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description


Minister of the Christian Reformed Church. The collection includes sermons and pamphlets detailing various subjects, i.e., catechism, history of the Christian Reformed Church, poems, and a cantata.

Biographical Note

Henry Van der Werp was born in Bedum, Groningen, Netherlands on March 20, 1846.  Van der Werp passed his examination for becoming a school teacher and for five years he was a tutor for a family in Rotterdam. He then went off to pursue an education in ministry and enrolled at the Theological School of Kampen, graduating in 1878.  His first charge was with the congregation of Beverwyk in the Netherlands. The congregation was small and poor without even a church building. Rich friends of Zion came to aid the small congregation and they were able to erect a church. In 1879 Van der Werp was ordained as well as got married.

At the end of 1881 Van der Werp accepted a call from a struggling church across the Atlantic in the United States. On January 8th 1882 Rev. Van der Werp became the pastor for the congregation of Noordeloos, Michigan. Van der Werp went on to serve a number of other churches in America including: Drenthe, MI (1883-1886); First Roseland, Chicago (1886-1892); First Fremont, MI (1892-1899); Cincinnati, OH (1899-1905); Harrison, SD (1905-1908); Zutphen, MI (1908-1913). In 1913 Rev. Van der Werp was granted emeritus status.

Van der Werp an avid writer, wrote articles for the De Wachter and published several volumes of poetry and prose. On March 20, 1918 Rev. Van der Werp passed away in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Box and Folder Listing

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[Series 1: [General Materials]],

Series 1: [General Materials]
Box 1
Folder 1: Overzicht van de Hoofwaarheden des Christelijken Geloofs --- 1888
Folder 2: Cardiphonia [HERH PT5975.V37 C37] --- 1894
Folder 3: Lentebloemen [HERH PT5975.V37 L45] --- 1896
Folder 4: Boeiend en Leerzaam --- 1897
Folder 5: Hannes de Krantenjongen --- 1897
Folder 6: An Outline of the History of the Christian Reformed Church of America [HERH BX6815.V3] --- 1898
Folder 7: Henry Bunyan --- 1903
Folder 8: Felicitas --- 1907
Folder 9: Cantate op het Halve Eeuw Feest der Christelijke Gereformeerde Kerk --- 1907
Folder 10: The Psalms --- 1908
Folder 11: Josef de Jood: Zijn Omzwerving en Bekeering (uit het Engelsch) --- 1911 and 1912
Folder 12: De Voorlooper van Kort Begrip --- [191-]
Folder 13: De Voorlooper van Kort Begrip --- 1917
Folder 14: Zaaien en Oogsten --- [undated]
Folder 15: De Kleine Samuel [HERH PT5975.V37 1908] --- 1908
Folder 16: "Kerstzange" and "De 12 Geloofsartikelen" --- [undated]
Folder 17: Sermons --- 1880-1900

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