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Title: John Medendorp Collection, 1933-1992

ID: COLL/167

Primary Creator: John Medendorp (1892-1976)

Extent: 2.0 Boxes

Arrangement: Folder level description


Minister of the Christian Reformed Church. The collection includes notes; sermons; commemorative booklets on the American Bible Society and the Nathaniel Institute; three scrapbooks with clippings from religious periodicals (one scrapbook on the Bolt family); and a series of articles published in the Bozeman, Montana Courier in 1949, entitled "History of Holland Settlement."

Biographical Note

John Medendorp was born, October 19, 1892, in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  He received his education in the local schools, graduating from Calvin Seminary in 1912.  Later he received the STD degree from Pike’s Peak Bible Seminary.

Upon graduation from the seminary, John Medendorp was ordained into the Christian ministry and remained active until shortly before his death.  During the years of full active ministry, he was minister in Dutton, Michigan, from September 23, 1921 until 1926.  Thereafter he served in Rusk, Michigan (1926-1930); Racine, Wisconsin (1930-1945); Bozeman, Montana (1945-1951); and Ogilvie, Minnesota (1951-1958).  When he retired, he continued to serve as assistant pastor of First Zeeland Christian Reformed Church from 1958-1966 and then served as assistant pastor in the South Grandville Christian Reformed Church.

During his ministry, he was active on classical committees and served as a member of the denominational Board of Home Missions.  He was delegated to synod in 1932 and in 1946.  He was an avid reader of a variety of religious magazines and kept abreast of theological studies appearing in various periodicals.

He married Wilhelmina Antoinette Hoogerwerk the year of his ordination.  She was still living when he passed away December 5, 1976.  The family included one daughter and three sons.

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Folder 1: Series of Articles entitled "History of Holland Settlement"
Folder 2: American Bible Society commemorative material at 100 years of the printed English Bible --- 1935
Folder 3
Item 1: Anniversary booklet of Calvin College --- 1910
Item 2: Anniversary booklet of Oakdale CRC --- 1940
Item 3: Anniversary booklet of Kelloggsville CRC --- 1925
Folder 4: De Blijde Boodschap, children's meditation booklets --- December 1911, January 1914, December 1915, October 1916, November 1913
Folder 5: Calvin College alumni list --- 1926 and before
Folder 6: Horner, K. A.  Sermon on Matthew 28:18-20 in Christian Beacon --- August 23, 1951
Folder 7: Letter to "Dear Friends" --- December 26, 1967
Folder 8: McIntire, Carl.  Address at second plenary Congress at ICCC --- 1950
Folder 9: Nathaniel Institute booklets --- 1929 and 1944
Folder 10: New Deal booklets --- 1930
Item 1: The Aggressor in the White House
Item 2: The Genesis of the "New Deal"
Item 3: International "New" Dealism
Item 4: The President Knows
Folder 11: Notes, mimeographed, on the book of Job
Folder 12: Notes, mimeographed, on Paul's letters
Folder 13: Notes, handwritten, on sundry subjects
Folder 14: Published booklets: The Drummer Boy by M.I. Rossvally; Aboard the Seth Parker; Telephone Almanac --- 1930
Folder 15: Published periodicals: Individual issues: The Christian Journal,  (micro) --- Oct. 1, 1931
Folder 16: Pulpit Preaching, two issues --- Nov. 1954, Nov. 1955
Folder 17: Voor de lieve kleinen, children's meditation booklets --- Feb. 1910; Sept. 1913; Oct. 1914
Folder 18: Student days "Round Robins."  Call letter of Ogelvie and Classis minutes
Box 2
Item 1: Scrapbook 1: Meditation from De Wachter and Clippings from The Standard Bulletin on leer en leven
Item 2: Scrapbook 2: F.N.C. financial report of classis; Copies, not in sequence, of the Gospel Witness and Protestant;  Advocate 1949-1954, published in Toronto, Canada (evangelical)
Item 3: Scrapbook 3: The Bolt Family
Item 4: Bound copy: Souvenir Christian Psychopathic Hospital --- 1929
Item 5: Report of Committee of Ten, Synod --- 1940
Item 6: Worldly Amusements in the Light of Scripture, Synod --- 1928
Item 7: Studies in Missions-Japan, by H. Bruinooge and E. A. Van Baak

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