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Tymen E. Hofman Collection, 1950-2008 | Heritage Hall, Hekman Library

By Ed Gerritsen

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Collection Overview

Title: Tymen E. Hofman Collection, 1950-2008

ID: COLL/492

Primary Creator: Hofman, Tymen E. (1922-2006)

Extent: 3.0 Cubic Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description

Date Acquired: 00/00/2008


Minister of the Christian Reformed Church. The collection includes book manuscripts; articles; papers; correspondence; photographs; reports; sermons; and materials detailing various synodical committees, church-related issues, pastorates, and Canadian churches' history, particularly the churches at Monarch and Nobleford, Alberta. [See also the Campus Titles Database.]

Biographical Note

Tymen Edward Hofman was born in Nobleford, AB on August 24, 1922. Hofman grew up on the family farm, and eventually attended University of Alberta to study agriculture. However, he felt the calling to pursue a career in ministry, so Hofman enrolled at Calvin Theological Seminary. He earned his B.D. in 1951 and eventually earned his M.Div. in 1977. While attending Calvin, he met and married Jacoba "Cobi" Jorritsma.

After graduation, Hofman accepted the call from Bozeman, MT. Hofman was the first Canadian-born preacher in the CRC, and he was ordained on October 10, 1951. He served the Bozeman congregation until 1955. He went on to serve the congregations of Calgary, AB (1955-62); Los Angeles, CA (1962-68); Allen Av., Muskegon, MI (1968-72); Neland, Av. Grand Rapids, MI (1972-81); and lastly Faith, Tinley Park, IL (1981-87). Rev. Hofman retired from active ministry in October of 1987.

Rev. Hofman participated in many denominational boards including Board of Home Missions, Board of Trustees of Calvin College and Seminary, and Interchurch Relations Committee. He also found time to write articles in periodicals like the Banner and Calvinist Contact. He even published a book, The Strength of Their Years: The Story of a Pioneer Community, about Dutch history in Alberta, Canada.

Rev. Hofman was known for his powerful preaching and singing voice, as well as his bluntness and good heart. Later in life, he was diagnosed with cancer which required him to go through throat surgery. On January 6, 2006 Tymen Hofman passed away due to complications from a throat inflammation. He was survived by his wife and their 3 sons.

Administrative Information

Repository: Heritage Hall, Hekman Library

Alternate Extent Statement: 6 Boxes

Acquisition Source: Cobi Hofman, 2008 and 2011

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Correspondence, 1950-2003],
[Series 2: Subject Correspondence, 1955-2002],
[Series 3: Ministerial Materials, 1951-1998],
[Series 4: Publications and Research Materials, 1950-2004],
[Series 5: Biographical Information, 1979-2008],
[Series 6: Photographs, 1951-1969],

Series 3: Ministerial Materials --- 1951-1998
Box 3
Folder 1: Call Letters and correspondence --- 1951-1981
Folder 2: Materials re: pastorate at Bozeman, MT --- 1951-1955
Folder 3: Back to God Hour sermons --- 1957
Folder 4: Records of funerals conducted --- 1961-1967
Folder 5: Address re: 25th Anniversary of First CRC, Calgary, AB --- 1962
Folder 6: Program: Installation Service, First CRC, Los Angeles, CA --- 1962
Folder 7: Sermon preached after the riots in Watts, Los Angeles, CA --- [1965?]
Folder 8: Materials re: Committee on the Church and the Film Arts --- 1965-1967
Folder 9: Materials re: SWIM Team at First CRC Los Angeles, CA --- 1966
Folder 10: Program: Installation Service, Allen Avenue CRC, Muskegon, MI --- 1968
Folder 11
Item 1: Installation Service, Neland Avenue CRC, Grand Rapids, MI --- 1972
Item 2: Issues of Neland Church News --- 1972 and 1981
Folder 12: Recognition of 25 years in the ministry --- 1976
Folder 13: Material re: trip to South Africa --- 1980
Folder 14: Material re: Faith CRC, Tinley Park, IL --- 1981-1987
Box 4
Folder 1: Interchurch Relations Committee (IRC) materials re: World Alliance of Reformed Churches (WARC) --- 1974-1988
Folder 2: Materials re: CRC-RCA relations --- 1975-1987
Folder 3: Reports: IRC Delegation to the Netherlands: 1977; and Netherlands Delegation --- 1982
Folder 4: IRC materials --- 1983-1987
Folder 5: IRC materials re: Die Gereformeerde Kerk in Suid Afrika (GKSA) --- 1983-1988
Folder 6: IRC materials re: Gereformeerde Kerken in Nederland --- 1984-1986
Folder 7: Material re: Hofman/Bakker dialogue on creation --- 1986
Folder 8: Materials re: restoration of the first CRC building in Canada (Monarch, AB) --- 1989-1992
Folder 9: Materials re: Denominational Concerns, i.e., Reformed Witness, Alliance of Reformed Church, Christian Renewal --- 1990-1998

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Correspondence, 1950-2003],
[Series 2: Subject Correspondence, 1955-2002],
[Series 3: Ministerial Materials, 1951-1998],
[Series 4: Publications and Research Materials, 1950-2004],
[Series 5: Biographical Information, 1979-2008],
[Series 6: Photographs, 1951-1969],

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