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John Masselink Collection, 1934-1964

Collection Overview

Title: John Masselink Collection, 1934-1964

ID: COLL/446

Creator: Masselink, John (1891-1964)

Extent: 1.0 Cubic Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description


Minister of the Christian Reformed Church. The collection includes family genealogy, personal notebooks, letters written to servicemen, ministerial credentials, correspondence regarding the seminary situation, Reformed doctrine course materials, photographs, and a funeral remembrance book.

Biographical Note

John Masselink was born near Reeman, Michigan on September 23, 1891.  At a young age Masselink made his confession of faith. Growing up Masselink knew he wanted to pursue a career in serving God as a minister. He attended Calvin College and then furthered his education at Grundy College and Seminary. He graduated from the Seminary with a diploma in 1918. He eventually earned his Th.D. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1938.

Masselink first charge was in Ridott, Illinois where he was ordained on November 17, 1918. He served the Ridott congregation until 1920. Masselink's other charges include Fulton, IL (1920-24); Second, Muskegon, MI (1924-27); Third, Kalamazoo, MI (1927-43); First, Grand Haven, MI (1943-49); Second, Orange City, IA (1949-58).  Rev. Masselink had the unique talent of being able to preach in three languages: English, Dutch, and German. In 1958 Rev. Masselink retired from active ministry.

Masselink was deeply concerned with unconverted. He especially focused on Christian education and missionary work. While in Fulton, Illinois he transformed the basement of his church into a full Christian school. He also often would preach at State Mental Hospitals. He also taught catechism classes and held chapel services in nearby schools.

John Masselink passed away at Butterworth hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan on March 21, 1964.  Three days before his passing he was diagnosed with acute leukemia. He was survived by his wife, Katheryn (Neessen), 2 children, and 7 grandchildren.

Box and Folder Listing

Series 1: [General Materials]Add to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Masselink Family Genealogy --- 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Miscellaneous correspondence --- 1936-1958Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Personal notebooksAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: NotebookAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: NotebooksAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: NotebooksAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Physical examination results --- 1934Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Ministerial credential --- 1943Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Samples of Rev. Masselink's prayersAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Correspondence re: Call to Second CRC, Orange City, IA --- 1949Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Letters Written to Servicemen --- 1953, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Letters from William Masselink re: Seminary Situation --- 1953, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Letter of Call from Second CRC, Byron Center, MI --- 1953Add to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Reformed Doctrine course written by J. MasselinkAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Letter written to consistory re: his doctrinal viewsAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Red Cross certificate --- 1940Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Remembrance book from J. Masselink's funeral, pen with holder, First Christian Reformed Church --- 1964Add to your cart.
Oversized OS16: Oversized Items (located with oversized photographs)Add to your cart.
Item 1: Photo: 8th Graduating Class Chaplains School, Harvard University --- March 1943Add to your cart.
Item 2: Unidentified group photoAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Diplomas, Grundy College --- 1918Add to your cart.
Item 4: Calvin diploma --- 1915Add to your cart.