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Bernard Kok Collection

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Title: Bernard Kok Collection, 1937-1985

ID: COLL/470

Primary Creator: Kok, Bernard (1903-1997)

Extent: 1.5 Cubic Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description

Abstract

Minister of the Christian Reformed Church. The collection includes correspondence; reports; a speech; plus catechism, preparatory, and radio sermons. Of special note is a folder regarding his work in Ontario, Canada.

Biographical Note

Bernard Kok was born on November 23, 1903 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The Kok family immigrated to the United States, settling in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Kok's personal faith motivated him to pursue a career in ministry. Kok entered the Protestant Reformed Seminary and was ordained in 1929 at Roosevelt Park Church in Grand Rapids. From 1937 to 1942 Kok served the denomination as a home missionary. In 1942 he received the call from the congregation of Hudsonville, MI. He served the church until 1948, Kok's other charges included Holland, MI (1948-58) and Lansing, IL (1958-61).

In 1961 Kok became a pastor of the Christian Reformed Church serving Cochrane, ON (1961-64) and Dutton, MI (1964-69). Rev. Kok entered retirement on October 1, 1969. Despite being retired, he continued to visit the sick and elderly. On September 22, 1997 Rev. Bernard Kok passed away due to pneumonia.  He was survived by his wife Katherine (Bos) and their children.


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Series 1: [General Materials]
Box 1
Folder 1: Sermons on Catechism Lord's Day 1 to 4
Folder 2: Sermons on Catechism Lord's Day 5 to 8
Folder 3: Sermons on Catechism Lord's Day 9 to 12
Folder 4: Sermons on Catechism Lord's Day 13 to 16
Folder 5: Sermons on Catechism Lord's Day 17 to 20
Folder 6: Sermons on Catechism Lord's Day 21 to 24 (23 missing)
Folder 7: Sermons on Catechism Lord's Day 25 to 29
Box 2
Folder 1: Sermons on Catechism Lord's Day 30 to 34
Folder 2: Sermons on Catechism Lord's Day 35 to 39
Folder 3: Sermons on Catechism Lord's Day 40 to 43
Folder 4: Sermons on Catechism Lord's Day 45 to 48
Folder 5: Sermons on Catechism Lord's Day 49 to 52
Folder 6: Preparatory sermons
Folder 7: Speech: The Place of the Mother in the Sphere of the Covenant
Box 3
Folder 1: Radio sermons --- 1940s & 1950s
Folder 2: General correspondence --- 1943-1958
Folder 3: Letters from his wife --- 1940s and 1950s
Folder 4: Letters from son --- 1968-1975
Folder 5: Letters from son in the air force --- 1951-1953
Folder 6: Pastor of Visitation Report --- 1967
Folder 7: Family correspondence --- 1947
Folder 8: Letters from grandchildren --- 1983-1985
Folder 9: Report/correspondence regarding work in Canada --- 1948
Folder 10: Correspondence --- 1937-1940

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