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Peter Ipema Collection, 1942-2009 | Heritage Hall, Hekman Library

By Ed Gerritsen, 2015

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Title: Peter Ipema Collection, 1942-2009

ID: COLL/561

Primary Creator: Ipema, Peter

Extent: 4.2 Cubic Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description


Details Peter Ipema work among the Tiv People in Nigeria, including his work on their history, language and translation of English into the Tiv language.  Ipema also became a recognized scholar in the cross-cultural contact between Islam and Christianity, as well as Islamic though and philosophy in Africa, and worked to bring the two cultures together. Includes his work with the Samuel Zwemer Institute and the Middle East Fellowship Center.

Biographical Note

Peter Ipema was born 16 September 1922 in Chicago, Illinois to William B. and Gladys E. (Buterbaugh) Ipema. He graduated from Calvin College in 1944 and Calvin Theological Seminary in 1948 and began his career in missions to the Tiv People of Nigeria. From 1951-1963 he served the Church of Christ in the Sudan among the Tiv which became the fastest growing Christian mission effort in the world. He returned to the United States in 1981 to serve as the director of the Middle East Fellowship Center in Chicago, and from 1987-1987 served as a parish minister in Terra Haute, Indiana.

During his time in Nigeria he became a scholar of Islam, earning a Ph.D. in Islamic Thought from Hartford Seminary in 1971.  Internationally he came to be recognized as an authority on Islamic thought. In addition, he was a scholar of Tiv People history and language.  His facility in language also enabled him to teach foreign languages to others.

Ipema married Alice Jean Steenmeyer (1924-1989) in 1942, they had three children: William B., Philip D., and Loretta A.  In 1990 he married Martina Van Staalduinen, a fellow missionary in Nigeria since 1962.

Administrative Information

Repository: Heritage Hall, Hekman Library

Alternate Extent Statement: 5 Boxes

Acquisition Source: Martina Ipema

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Series 1: [General Materials]
Box 1
Folder 1: Analysis of The Golden Stool by P. Ipema --- 1945
Folder 2: Correspondence to Churches and Supporters --- 1946-1967
Folder 3: Rules and Regulations of the CRC Mission in Nigeria --- 1946-1947
Folder 4: Work in Wukari, Benue Province --- 1948-1949
Folder 5: Wukani and Tivland, Nigeria - Correspondence and Reports --- 1950-1963
Folder 6: Tribal Map of Africa --- 1963-1964
Folder 7: Preparatory Studies in Islam Correspondence --- 1963-1970
Folder 8: Notes on Muslim History Course at TCNM --- 1965
Folder 9: CRC Sudan United Mission Statistics for 1966
Folder 10: Sermons and Lecture Notes on Islam --- 1967-1971
Folder 11: Correspondence to Churches, Supporters, Friends, and Family --- 1968-2001
Folder 12: Thesis for MA Degree - "Muhammad as Intercessor" --- 1969
Folder 13: Liberia and Kenya Correspondence --- 1970-1978
Folder 14: History of The TIV Bible Translation - Dedications --- 1964
Box 2
Folder 1: Islam in Africa Project Reports, Newsletters, etc. --- 1970-2008
Folder 2: Islam in Africa Project Correspondence --- 1970-2008
Folder 3: Teaching Notes on Islam --- 1972-1975
Folder 4: Conferences and Training Sessions --- 1977-1979
Folder 5: Correspondence RE: Possible Employment Opportunities --- 1978-1980
Folder 6: Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws of the Samuel Zwemer Institute --- 1979
Folder 7: General Correspondence --- 1979
Folder 8: Lectures and Presentations Given in USA and Nigeria --- 1979-1989
Folder 9: NCCC Task Force on Christian/Muslim Relations - Newsletters and Bulletins --- 1979-1984
Box 3
Folder 1: Correspondence with Home Missions Committee --- 1980
Folder 2: Banner Articles --- January 4-February 29, 1980
Folder 3: Notes for Talks on Islam --- 1980s
Folder 4: Report: "Significance of Muslim Presence Among Christians in North America" --- 1980
Folder 5: Cross Cultural Resource Center - Correspondence --- 1980-1981
Folder 6: Correspondence RE: Start Up of Middle East Fellowship Center --- 1981
Folder 7: United Evangelical Arab Churches (Chicago) - Correspondence --- 1981-1983
Folder 8: Course at Westminster Seminary - "Evangelism in a Muslim Context" --- 1981
Folder 9: Correspondence and Related Material on Muslim Outreach in Chicago --- 1982
Folder 10: Lecture Notes and Correspondence - Covenant Seminary --- 1983
Folder 11: Correspondence and Related Material on Muslim Outreach in Chicago --- 1983
Folder 12: Middle East Fellowship Center - Correspondence and Related Material --- 1984
Folder 13: Middle East Fellowship Center - Reports, Minutes, etc. --- 1984-1985
Folder 14: Middle East Fellowship Center - Correspondence --- 1985
Box 4
Folder 1: Correspondence RE: Closing of the Middle East Fellowship Center --- 1986
Folder 2: Sermon Plan Book --- 1987
Folder 3: Correspondence RE: Retirement --- 1987
Folder 4: Teaching Notes at R.T.C.N. Nigeria --- 1988
Folder 5: R.T.C.N. Building Supply Matter --- 1990s
Folder 6: Teaching Notes for O.T. Biblical Theology Course - R.T.C.N. Nigeria --- 1990
Folder 7: Teaching Notes for Islamics Course - R.T.C.N. Nigeria --- 1990-1991
Folder 8: Correspondence RE: Women in Ecclesiastical Office --- 1995-1997
Folder 9: Correspondence RE: D.W. Shenk Book The Holy Book of God --- 1996
Folder 10: Zwemer Institute - Board of Directors' Minutes and Related Material --- 1999-2000
Folder 11: Zwemer Institute - Correspondence --- 2002-2004
Folder 12: Material from Retirement Years and Obituary --- 2009
Folder 13: The Land Will Yield Its Fruit (50 Years of Mission Work in Sudan) by Enrico Casaleggio
Folder 14: Articles and Papers by P. Ipema
Folder 15: Reference Material for Lectures on Islam
Folder 16: Teaching Notes on Islam
Box 5
Folder 1: Slides of Nigeria

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