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William H. Rutgers Collection, 1927-1979

Collection Overview

Title: William H. Rutgers Collection, 1927-1979

ID: COLL/216

Creator: William H. Rutgers (1898-1980)

Extent: 23.0 Boxes

Arrangement: Folder level description

Abstract

Minister of the Christian Reformed Church, President of Grundy College, and professor of dogmatics at the Calvin Theological Seminary. The papers include biographical files; sermons; addresses; articles; correspondence; lectures; radio messages; book reviews; Seminary situation files, 1950-1953; Grundy College file, 1930; and student notes.

Biographical Note

In 1978, Dr. W. Rutgers took part in the installation service of Rev. L. Kerkstra at Kelloggsville Christian Reformed Church. He recalled the crisis time when he had accepted a call and the same congregation – in the fall of 1952. In June of that year Dr. Rutgers was one of the members of the Calvin Theological Seminary Staff involved in the “seminary situation”. Synod did not reappoint him to the chair of dogmatics. The Grand Rapids Press headlined an article reporting the action of Synod as follows: “Synod Action Ousts Four of Calvin Seminary Faculty”. Rutgers had served in the Seminary since 1944. In the brief message to the congregation of Kelloggsville he said, “Permit me to relate an experience I had with the call to this congregation several years ago, 26 to be exact. It was at a time that I had passed through a shattering Waterloo sort of experience. I guess most people, if we live long enough, will have some such low-valley experience in life. Seemingly, for me, the rug had been pulled from under my foot; for a moment, everything seemed to lie in ruins. However, God was so merciful. I say this not to be boastful, but as an experience of fact, within a month or so He provided me with eight calls. I cannot tell you how ashamed or embarrassed I was for my valley experience and the sinking of heart experience. But now where to go? But do you know, after much though and prayer before the three weeks ended, all the others were cancelled out and this call, the first to be cancelled, was the very one I accepted.”

The Seminary situation experience, although a spirit and mind shattering one, did not leave him embittered. He testified that God’s grace was all-sufficient in his bitter disappointment. He was a man with a forgiving and forgetting spirit.

William H. Rutgers began his life in Firth, Nebraska on October 26, 1898. His parents, John and Sena Rutgers moved to Lynden, Washington where William received his elementary and high school education. For a few years, he worked on the farm, in a grocery store, at a lumbermill, and served in the U.S. Navy.

When he made profession of faith at twenty-one, he was constrained to enter the ministry. His preparation included studies at Calvin College and Seminary, Princeton Theological Seminary and the Free University in Amsterdam where he received his doctor’s degree with a thesis on Premillennialism in America.

After graduation from the Free University, he became president of Grundy College and pastor or the Grundy Center and Holland, Iowa Churches. In 1933, he moved to Cicero, Illinois to serve the First Cicero congregation. He remained there for ten years. A farewell program gave thanks “for capable and effective leadership, for consecrated service, for nobility of character, for diligence and patience, for comradely fellowship in joy and sorrow.”

The Synod of 1943 elected Dr. W.H. Rutgers as alternate to the chair of Dogmatic Theology at Calvin Theological Seminary. When Dr. Cornelius Van Til declined to occupy the chair, William Rutgers accepted this call of the denomination and served from 1943 until 1952, when his teaching was terminated.

From 1952-1958 Dr. Rutgers served as pastor of Kelloggsville, Michigan CRC; from 1958-1964 he was minister if Bethany CRC in Bell Flower, CA; and from 1964-1969 his ministry was at 2nd Highland CRC in Illinois. During his retirement years, delegates at various classes heard William Rutgers enthusiastically speak about the work of the American Bible Society and the Evangelical Literature League. He wore the two hats capably.

Dr. W. Rutgers’ wider ministry included delegation to seven Synods, member of the Board of Trustees of Calvin College and Seminary and of the Board of home Missions, and synodical representative to the National Association of Evangelicals.

A heart attack laid him low, and after being hospitalized, he died on July 31, 1980. He was survived by his wife of 53 years, Johanna (Bloemendaal), 1 son, and 2 daughters.


Box and Folder Listing

Series 1: VariaAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Papers on Student DaysAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Biographical Material: Birth Certificate from First CRC in Lynden, WashingtonAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Biographical Material: Call Letters and correspondenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Biographical Material: Correspondence - Rev E to Dr Rutgers --- 1943Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Biographical Material: Correspondence with family - MarilynAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Biographical Material: Family roots, correspondence --- 1930Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Biographical Material: Passports --- 1927 and 1929Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Biographical Material: Pictorial memento of visit of Dr. H. Ridderbos to US --- 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Biographical Material: Officer of Synod Press clipping --- 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Biographical Material: Rutger's reception at Grundy College, Clipping from Grundy College Messenger --- December 15, 1930Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Biographical Material: Testimonial Dinner at Classis --- May 14, 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 12: The Candidate: Classical sermon for Classis Ostvreisland --- 1930Add to your cart.
Folder 13: The Ecumenist: Relationship with National Association of EvangelicalsAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: The Ecumenist: Speaker in behalf of TELL and American Bible Society --- 1970sAdd to your cart.
Folder 15Add to your cart.
Item 1: The Pastor: Addresses - Calvinism Club --- 1947Add to your cart.
Item 2: The Pastor:  Jubilee at First Lynden --- 1950Add to your cart.
Item 3: The Pastor: Mission Challenge --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: The Pastor: Addresses at Mount Hermon for Young People --- 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 17Add to your cart.
Item 1: The Pastor: Anniversary and Dedication Booklets of Holland, IA --- 1945Add to your cart.
Item 2: The Pastor: Anniversary and Dedication Booklets of Kelloggsville, MI --- 1954Add to your cart.
Folder 18: The Pastor: Arcadia CRC vs E Kappe, communications --- 1954Add to your cart.
Folder 19: The Pastor: Correspondence and articles --- 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 20: The Pastor: Farewell sermon at First Cicero CRC --- 1943Add to your cart.
Folder 21: The Pastor: Fundamental Truths of Christianity and Five Points of Calvinism Kelloggsville --- 1955/1956Add to your cart.
Folder 22: The Pastor: Seven Words from the Cross --- 1939-1972Add to your cart.
Folder 23: The Pastor: Los Angeles CRC and Wm I Buiten Case --- 1959-1961Add to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: The Pastor: Marriage forms and wedding notes Also see under Wedding MessagesAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: The Pastor: Membership of 2nd Highland CRC, Comment on members --- 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Reviewer of books: Karl Barth, Prolegomena zur Christlichen Dogmatik --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Reviewer of books: MR De Hann's The Blunders of Paul --- 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Reviewer of books: The New Pentecostalism, reprint from Eternity - notesAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Reviewer of books: TF Torrence on the New Modernism of C Van Til --- 1947Add to your cart.
Folder 7: The Student: Collected PoemsAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: The Student: Doctrinal issues Papers on the Faith of our Fathers and Common GraceAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: The Student: History of Jonah Paper --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: The Student: Paper for Dr S Mathew of U of Chicago --- 1932Add to your cart.
Folder 11: The Student: Referaat Gehouden door Den Heer D Langedijk, on Christian Education --- 1932Add to your cart.
Folder 12: The Student: Princeton University graduate school record book --- 1926Add to your cart.
Folder 13: The Teacher: Commencement address to Seminary graduates --- 1952Add to your cart.
Folder 14: The Teacher: Dogmatic notes and examinations --- 1949Add to your cart.
Folder 15: The Teacher: Introduction and outline of the Book of GalatiansAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: The Teacher: Possible post-graduate coursesAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: The Teacher: Seminary Situation Papers --- 1950-1952Add to your cart.
Folder 18: The Teacher: Student papers: F Handlogten, AW Hoogstrate, John Malestein, L Sweetman, A Veltkamp --- 1945-1951Add to your cart.
Folder 19: The Writer: in Christian School News --- 1960/1961Add to your cart.
Folder 20: The Writer: On Kindness, A Pertinent and Personal Question and Crusaders of the FaithAdd to your cart.
Series 2: Sermons in BookletsAdd to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Item 1: Sermons in the Heidelberg Catechism --- 1931-1932/1933-1934Add to your cart.
Item 2: Sermons on texts in Genesis to Romans --- 1926-1934Add to your cart.
Series 3: Sermons in Booklets and on Half-SheetsAdd to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Sermons in booklets: ? Corinthians to Hebrews --- 1926-1934Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Sermons in booklets: ? Peter to Revelation --- 1932-1934Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Genesis --- 1935-1976Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Exodus --- 1934-1968Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Numbers to Judges --- 1933-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 6: I Samuel --- 1934-1953Add to your cart.
Folder 7: I Kings to II Chronicles --- 1939-1972Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Ezra to Job --- 1936-1957Add to your cart.
Series 4: Sermons: Old TestamentAdd to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Psalms --- 1934-1972Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Proverbs - Ecclesiastes --- 1935-1974Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Isaiah --- 1934-1971Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Jeremiah - Lamentations --- 1935-1941Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Ezekiel - Daniel --- 1936-1959Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Minor Prophets --- 1933-1960Add to your cart.
Series 5: Sermons: New TestamentAdd to your cart.
Box 6Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Matthew 1-13 --- 1931-1961Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Matthew 13-28 --- 1933-1979Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Mark --- 1936-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Luke 1-21 --- 1934-1975Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Luke 21 - John 9 --- 1934-1971Add to your cart.
Box 7Add to your cart.
Folder 1: John 9 - John 21 --- 1934-1979Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Acts --- 1934-1967Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Romans --- 1935-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 4: I and II Corinthians --- 1934-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Galatians --- 1940-1962Add to your cart.
Box 8Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Ephesians --- 1934-1966Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Philippians --- 1933-1968Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Colossians --- 1934-1968Add to your cart.
Folder 4: I Thessalonians - II Timothy --- 1934-1980Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Titus - Philemon --- 1935-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Hebrews --- 1939-1963Add to your cart.
Series 6: Sermons: New Testament and Heidelberg CatechismAdd to your cart.
Box 9Add to your cart.
Folder 1: James - II Peter --- 1934-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 2: I John --- 1935-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 3: James to Revelations --- 1934-1952Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Sermons in the Dutch language --- 1943-1973Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Heidelberg Catechism sermons, LD 26-52 --- 1934-1935Add to your cart.
(See box with booklets for LD 1-25)
Folder 6: Heidelberg Catechism Sermons, LD 1-7 --- 1935-1936Add to your cart.
Box 10Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Heidelberg Catechism, LD 7-20 --- 1936-1937Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Heidelberg Catechism, LD 22-40 --- 1937-1938Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Heidelberg Catechism, LD 40-52 --- 1938-1939Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Heidelberg Catechism, LD 1-14 --- 1939-1940Add to your cart.
Box 11Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Heidelberg Catechism, LD 16-25 --- 1940-1941Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Heidelberg Catechism, LD 26-45 --- 1941-1942Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Heidelberg Catechism, LD 45-52 --- 1942Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Heidelberg Catechism, LD 1-7 --- 1943Add to your cart.
(incomplete)
Folder 5: Heidelberg Catechism, LD 1-12 --- 1952-1953Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Heidelberg Catechism, LD 12-19 --- 1953-1954Add to your cart.
Box 12Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Heidelberg Catechism, LD 1-8 --- 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Heidelberg Catechism, LD 9-20 --- 1956-1957Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Heidelberg Catechism, LD 21-32 --- 1957-1958Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Heidelberg Catechism, selected LD's --- 1961-1979Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Advent Sermons --- 1934-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Ascension Day Sermons --- 1934-1968Add to your cart.
Box 13Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Christmas Sermons --- 1930-1975Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Easter Sermons --- 1934-1970Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Good Friday Sermons --- 1934-1967Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Lenten Sermons --- 1936-1967 (?)Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Lenten Sermons --- 1960-1976 (??)Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Pentecost Sermons --- 1934-1964Add to your cart.
Series 7: Preparatory and Communion SermonsAdd to your cart.
Box 14Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Preparatory --- 1930sAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Preparatory --- 1940sAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Preparatory --- 1950sAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Preparatory --- 1960sAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Communion --- 1930sAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Communion --- 1940sAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Communion --- 1950sAdd to your cart.
Series 8: Communion Sermons and Series SermonsAdd to your cart.
Box 15Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Communion --- 1960sAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Post-Communion Sermons --- 1934-1941Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Post- Communion Sermons --- 1942-1969Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Series Sermons: Beatitudes --- 1943 and 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Series Sermons: Christian Armor, Ephesians 6 --- 1934Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Series on Elijah --- 1955Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Series on Colossians 1 --- 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Series on I Peter 1 and 2 --- 1954Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Series on James --- 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Series on Mountain Top ExperiencesAdd to your cart.
Series 9: Series Sermons and Special Day SermonsAdd to your cart.
Box 16Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Series on Revelations 4-8 --- 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Series on Ruth --- 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Series on II Peter --- 1942Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Series on Seven Churches --- 1957-1958Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Series on Twelve Apostles --- 1936-1937Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Series on What Shall I Do With Jesus? --- 1935Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Mother's Day Sermons --- 1953,  1956, and 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 8: New Years Day Sermons --- 1935-1963Add to your cart.
(incomplete)
Folder 9: Old Years Day Sermons --- 1934-1976Add to your cart.
(incomplete)
Folder 10: Prayer Day Sermons --- 1935-1972Add to your cart.
(incomplete)
Series 10: Addresses and MessagesAdd to your cart.
Box 17Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Anniversary Messages (churches and schools) --- 1937-1978Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Christian Education Messages (Commencements, etc) --- 1930-1959Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Christian Education Messages (Commencements, etc) --- 1960-1973Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Church Special Events addresses (farewells, etc)Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Funeral Addresses --- 1930sAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Funeral Addresses --- 1940sAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Funeral Addresses --- 1950sAdd to your cart.
Box 18Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Funeral Addresses --- 1960sAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Funeral Addresses --- 1970sAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Funeral Address for Dr S Volbeda --- May 1953Add to your cart.
Series 11: Addresses and MessagesAdd to your cart.
Box 18Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Installation Messages --- 1939-1969Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Mission Rally Addresses --- 1935-1968Add to your cart.
Folder 6: National Holiday Messages --- 1943-1976Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Reformation Day Addresses --- 1941-1974Add to your cart.
Box 19Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Society (Men's and Women's) Messages --- 1935-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Special Speaking engagements, (Kiwanis, etc)Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Sunday School Rallies --- 1932-1958 and undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Thanksgiving Day messages --- 1934-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Wedding messages --- 1945-1969Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Youth Rally addresses --- 1937-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Papers: various occasionsAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Papers relating to the Belgic ConfessionAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: PrayersAdd to your cart.
Series 12: MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Box 20Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Syllabus: Evidence of Christianity Princeton --- 1925-1926Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Press clipping: Rutgers, Pres Of Grundy College --- 1930Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Paper: “Premillennialistic Conception Concerning Israel and the Church” --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Theology: NT Biblical Theology by G Vos Princeton Notes addedAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Radio Messages, WHFC, Genesis-Nehemiah --- 1939-1943Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Radio Messages, Psalms-Proverbs --- 1939-1943Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Radio Messages, Isaiah-Habukkuk --- 1939-1943Add to your cart.
Series 13: Radio Messages --- 1939-1943Add to your cart.
Box 21Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Radio Messages, Matthew-JohnAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Radio Messages, Acts-GalatiansAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Radio Messages, Ephesians-II TimothyAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Radio Messages, Titus-RevelationAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Radio Messages, Calvin's Institutes  Seminary class notesAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Dogmatics: Theology Proper ?Add to your cart.
Series 14: Seminary Courses --- 1944-1952Add to your cart.
Box 22Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Dogmatics: Theology Proper ?? Outlines and notesAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Dogmatics: Anthropology Outlines and notesAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Dogmatics: Christology Outlines and notesAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Dogmatics: Soteriology ? Outlines and notesAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Dogmatics: Soteriology ?? Outlines and notesAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Dogmatics: Soteriology ??? Outlines and notesAdd to your cart.
Box 23Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Dogmatics: Ecclesiology Outlines and notesAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Dogmatics: Eschatology Outlines and notesAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Introduction to Dogmatics Outlines and notesAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: History of Dogmatics Outlines and notesAdd to your cart.
Series 15: Seminary Courses --- 1944-1952Add to your cart.
Box 23Add to your cart.
Folder 5: The Kingdom of God in Modern Thought and Life --- 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 6: The Knowledge Man can have of God PaperAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Symbolics Mimeographed copy --- Sept 1948-Jan 1949Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Symbolics Mimeographed copy undatedAdd to your cart.
Series 16: OversizeAdd to your cart.
Box 24Add to your cart.
Item 1: Calvin Theological Seminary diploma --- 1926Add to your cart.
Item 2: Calvin College Diploma --- 1926Add to your cart.
Item 3: Princeton University diploma --- 1927Add to your cart.
Item 4: Free University of Amsterdam admission --- 1927Add to your cart.
Item 5: Free University of Amsterdam lecture schedule --- 1928-1929Add to your cart.
Item 6: Free University of Amsterdam Drs diploma --- 1929Add to your cart.
Item 7: Classis Ostfriesland doloma --- 1930Add to your cart.
Item 8: Gundy College promissory notes --- 1932-1934Add to your cart.
Series 17: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Box OS 33Add to your cart.
Item 1: Princeton University Students --- c 1927Add to your cart.
Item 2: Synod --- 1943Add to your cart.
Item 3: Synod --- 1948Add to your cart.
Box 24Add to your cart.
Item 9: Synod --- 1936Add to your cart.
Item 10: Synod --- 1960Add to your cart.
Item 11: Synod --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 12: National Association of Evangelicals --- 1946Add to your cart.
Item 13: Group of young men --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 14: Calvin College Preseminarians --- 1914Add to your cart.
Item 15: Calvin College Drama Club --- 1918Add to your cart.
Item 16: Calvin College, Glee Club --- 1920Add to your cart.