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Title: Edward Johann Masselink Collection, 1918-1988

ID: COLL/360

Primary Creator: Masselink, Edward Johann (1901-1999)

Extent: 3.65 Cubic Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description


Minister of the Christian Reformed Church. The collection includes articles; civil war materials; sermons; seminary course notes; letters of call; thesis; material on the Heidelberg Catechism; doctorate diploma; and writings by Vollenhoven, Waterink, and Davis.

Biographical Note

Edward Johann Masselink was born on May 1, 1901 in Meservey, Iowa. Masselink earned his B.A. from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1925. He went on to earn his M.A. from the University of Chicago in 1926, and attended a year at Calvin Theological Seminary. In 1927 Masselink accepted his first charge at Trinity Reformed in Grand Rapids, Michigan. During this time Rev. Masselink was also furthering his education at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. In 1928 he received his Th.D. from the Seminary.  By 1929 Rev. Masselink went to his second charge at Burton Heights, Grand Rapids which he would remain at until 1940.

Rev. Masselink served several other congregations including Lagrave Avenue, Grand Rapids (1940-1944); First Cicero, Illinois (1944-1950); Twelfth Street, Grand Rapids (1950-1955); Central Avenue, Holland, Michigan (1955-1962); and Thirty-sixth St., Grand Rapids (1962-1966). In 1966 Rev. Masselink retired from active ministry. During his career he was known to have a powerful presence on the pulpit, as well as being a kind and faithful person. Throughout World War II, Rev. Masselink wrote a monthly personal letter to each of the 120 serviceman in his congregation. While serving in Cicero, Masselink and Sid Youngsma had a half hour radio program every Sunday afternoon. In honor of the Heidleberg Catechism's centennial, Masselink wrote a history of the writing called, The Heidelberg Story, in 1963.

Masselink kept busy in retirement by serving as the editor in chief of Christian Cynosure from 1976 to 1982. Over course of his life, he served as a delegate to Synod four times, and was a member on the Home Missions Board and Korean Relief Committee. In 1999 Rev. Masselink was attacked with pneumonia and congestive heart failure causing to pass away on July 5. He was married to Clazina Baker on July 10, 1939 and together they had four daughters.

Box and Folder Listing

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[Series 1: Course Notes, 1920-1988],
[Series 2: Photographs],

Series 1: Course Notes --- 1920-1988
Box 1
Folder 1: The Dutch Boys and Morgan's Raiders:  The Battle of Tebb's Bend --- 1961
Folder 2: Civil War materials: Newspaper clippings, listings, and pamphlet entitled The Dutch Churches in Michigan During the Civil War --- 1961-1988
Folder 3: D. H. Th. Vollenhoven, Isagoge, Philosophiae --- 1941
Folder 4: D. H. Th. Vollenhoven, Kort Overzicht over de Geschiedenis der wijs begeerte, Part 1 --- 1949-1950
Folder 5: D. H. Th. Vollenhoven, Kort Overzicht over de Geschiedenis der wijs begeerte," Part 2 --- 1949-1950
Folder 6: John D. Davis.  "Institutions of Israel in the Light of Modern Archaeology" --- 1920-1921
Box 2
Folder 1: "Dogmatics and Kingdom of God"
Folder 2: "Biblical Archaeology," Religion and Theology 302
Folder 3: J. Waterink, Catechetiek --- 1931-1932
Folder 4: J. Waterink, Cursus --- 1932-1933
Folder 5: J. Waterink, Het Theoretische Deel Der Catechetiek --- 1932-1933
Folder 6: J. Waterink, Catechetiek --- 1933-1934
Folder 7: J. Waterink, Catechetiek --- 1934-1935
Folder 8: J. Waterink, Religieuse Volkskunde --- 1934
Box 3
Folder 1: Course notes - Grundy College
Folder 2-5: Course notes - Princeton
Folder 6: Course notes - University of Chicago
Folder 7: Course Notes - Calvin Seminary
Box 4
Folder 1: Doctoral thesis, The Angel of Jehovah in the Old Testament
Folder 2: Certificate of ordination --- October 6, 1927
Folder 3: Letters of Call --- 1927-1938
Folder 4: Letters of Call --- 1940-1949
Folder 5: Letters of Call --- 1950-1960
Folder 6: Poster for lecture on trip through Bible lands
Folder 7: Papers --- 1920s
Folder 8: Papers --- undated
Folder 9: The Banner articles on creation and lodge issues
Folder 10: Sermons
Folder 11: Position paper, The Position of Women in the Church
Folder 12: Position paper, Our Dynamic Universe
Folder 13: Notations and comments on Genesis 1 and 2
Folder 14: Pamphlet, A Brief Summary of Reformed Doctrine by William and E. J. Masselink --- undated
Box 5
Folder 1: Manuscript, The Heidelberg Story
Folder 2: Articles on the Heidelberg Catechism in The Banner, Christian Heritage, and Christian Courier
Folder 3: Article, "Cicero Strikes Back"
Folder 4: Speeches given on the Heidelberg Catechism and related materials
Folder 5: Copyright assignment for Banner article and publishing rights transfer for book: The Heidelberg Story
Folder 6: Photo of 1918 Synod
Folder 7: Copies of The Banner with Heidelberg Catechism articles
Folder 8: Copies of The Christian Cynosure --- June 1976-Autumn 1978
Folder 9: Copies of The Christian Cynosure --- Spring 1979-Autumn 1981
Folder 10: Anniversary booklet - Heidelberg University
Folder 11: Script for the play It Happened at Heidelberg
Folder 12: Book, The Heidelberg Story
Box 6: Doctorate diploma from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary --- 1928
Series 2: Photographs
Box 5
Folder 6: Photo of 1918 Synod

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