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Charles Spoelhof Collection

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Title: Charles Spoelhof Collection, 1919-1989Add to your cart.

ID: COLL/350

Primary Creator: Spoelhof, Charles (1897-1989)

Extent: 1.5 Cubic Feet. More info below.

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Abstract

Minister of the Christian Reformed Church. Collection includes correspondence and reports to the Home Mission Board, 1948-1958; papers on evangelism and immigration, and office of deacon and elder; minutes and reports regarding the Ralph Janssen case, 1921; radio, catechism, special occasion, and Old and New Testament sermons.

Biographical Note

Charles Spoelhof graduated from Calvin Theological Seminary in 1921. After spending a year of post-graduate study at Princeton Seminary, he accepted a call to the Oskaloosa, Iowa, CRC. In 1922 Spoelhof married Elizabeth Keegstra. Also around this time, Spoelhof's ordination to the ministry took place September 17, 1922. The Oskaloosa ministry called for preaching in the Dutch language, but carrying on youth work in English. During his fourth year at the church he introduced English at one service a month.

His ministry in Lodi, New Jersey, involved a return to the area of his birth, Paterson, New Jersey. Twenty-one of the twenty-two years in Lodi, Charles served as stated clerk of Classis Hudson. Pastor Spoelhof was a sympathetic and tender shepherd during the years of the Depression and the Second World War.

When Chatham, Ontario, called him to serve as a home missionary in the Ontario area, Charles began a ministry in Canada among the immigrants of the post-war period which extended from 1948 until his retirement in 1962. His home mission activity covered immigrant churches in the Ontario and British Columbia areas.

After forty years of full-time service in the Christian Reformed Church, Charles Spoelhof retired. He continued to minister, however, as assistant to the pastor at Neland Avenue CRC in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He served in this capacity until 1980. His wife, Elizabeth, passed away in 1964. He married Theresa Bergsma Keegstra, and she passed in 1987. Charles Spoelhof passed away on March 21, 1989 in Rochester, New York.


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Series 1: Sermonic MaterialAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: In memoriam --- 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 2-4: Heidelberg Catechism, Lord's Day 1-52 --- 1924-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Anniversaries --- 1951-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Ascension --- 1927-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 7: "Bileam" series --- 1930-1980Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Christmas --- 1922-1961Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Communion --- 1923-1961Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Easter --- 1920-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Elijah --- 1931-1937Add to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Funeral addresses --- 1928-1980Add to your cart.
Folder 2: General text --- 1926-1960Add to your cart.
Folder 3: "Great Dreams" series --- 1928-1946Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Good Friday --- 1926-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Hebrews 11 --- 1919-1934Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Installation, Confessions of Faith --- 1923-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Jonah --- 1934Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Mother's Day messages --- 1939-1947Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Old and New Year's --- 1926-1966Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Post-communion --- 1926-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Prayer Day --- 1923-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Radio messages --- 1944, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Reformation Day --- 1934-1959Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Words from the Cross --- 1927-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Thanksgiving Day --- 1926-1961Add to your cart.

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