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Title: Dirk De Beer Collection, 1907-1951

ID: COLL/381

Primary Creator: De Beer, Dirk (1877-1960)

Extent: 0.25 Cubic Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description


Minister of the Christian Reformed Church. The collection includes a centennial anniversary booklet, clippings detailing the Passaic, New Jersey, churches, agendum and memos of the Theological School of Calvin College.

Biographical Note

Dirk De Beer was born on March 17, 1877 in Holland, Michigan. At the age of 7, he moved with his family to New Holland, South Dakota.  At the age of 13, he made his confession of faith at New Holland CRC, under the preaching of Rev. Arend W. Meyer. From this point on, De Beer had a desire to pursue a career in ministry. As a young adult, De Beer taught at local schools, but by the age of 22 he enrolled at Calvin College.  He earned his diploma from Calvin Theological Seminary in 1908, and was ordained October of that year.

De Beer first call to service came from Jenison, Michigan in 1908. He served the congregation until 1913, when he accepted the call from Prospect St. in Passaic, New Jersey.  Rev. De Beer remained at Prospect St. until his retirement in 1946. During his 33-year tenure at Prospect St., he saw the congregation double in attendance as well as oversaw the construction of a new, larger parsonage. He celebrated with his congregation the church's 100th year anniversary in 1925.

After he retired, De Beer settled in Grand Rapids. He became a member of the Neland Ave. CRC, and would assist the church's pastor, Rev. John O. Schuring.  Rev. De Beer was also committed time to serve the denomination.  He served as a delegate to the Synod at least 13 times. He was a member of the Board of Trustees of Calvin College and General Committee for Home Missions.  De Beer was also involved as a member of Church Help Committee and the Christian Seamen's Home.

After a brief illness, Dirk De Beer passed away on January 19, 1960 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He was survived by his wife, Cora (Hazenberg), and their two children.

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[Series 1: [General Materials]],

Series 1: [General Materials]
Box 1
Folder 1: Agendum van de vergadering der curatoren van de Theologische School --- 1907
Folder 2: Alumni Association of the Theological School and Calvin College --- 1910
Folder 3: Commencement of the Theological School and Calvin College --- 1924
Folder 4: Clippings, Prospect Street CRC --- 1924
Folder 5: Centennial anniversary booklet, Prospect Street CRC --- 1925
Folder 6: Clippings, Prospect Street CRC --- 1925
Folder 7: Clippings, Prospect Street CRC --- 1926
Folder 8: Clippings, Prospect Street CRC --- 1928
Folder 9: Clippings, Missionary Union --- 1951
Folder 10: Sermon Books

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