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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 2: Miscellaneous --- 1921-1980Add to your cart.
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Folder 1: Seminary student reports with regard to the Janssen Case. --- 1921Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Minutes of meetings for "general discussion" with regard to the Seminary and Janssen Case --- April 27, 1921 - May 31, 1921Add to your cart.
Folder 3: "The Offices of Deacon and Elder Conference in Woodstock, Ontario," paper --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Correspondence while home missionary in Canada --- 1948-1954Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Drie Formulieren van Eenigheid outlineAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Committee on Order of Worship for Canada, report --- 1953Add to your cart.
Folder 7: "Evangelism and Immigration," paper --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: "Sociale Voorzieningen in Canada," by A. S. Tuinman, Nederlands Landbouw en Emigratie Attache --- January 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Reports of C. Spoelhof to the Home Mission Board --- October 1957, February 1958, May to November 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Biographical notes --- 1968-1980Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Sermons on Psalm 8, Genesis 32, Habakkuk 3, and Hosea 1-3 --- 1928-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Twelve radio sermons given on WPAT, Paterson, NJ --- 1944-1947Add to your cart.

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