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John W. Brink Collection



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John W. Brink Collection, 1904-1920 | Heritage Hall, Hekman Library

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Title: John W. Brink Collection, 1904-1920

ID: COLL/378

Primary Creator: Brink, John W. (1865-1948)

Extent: 0.25 Cubic Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description


Minister of the Christian Reformed Church and missionary. The collection includes: pamphlets, diaries and financial records written while J. W. Brink served as a missionary to the Navajo.

Biographical Note

John W. Brink was born in the village of De Leek in  Groningen, the Netherlands on  December 14, 1865. In his early youth, Brink and his family immigrated to the United States, settling in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  After working at his father's grocery for some time, Brink felt the call to pursue ministry. He graduated from Calvin Theological Seminary in 1895. Brink entered the field as a home missionary for a year.  Together with his new bride, Bertha Vonk, they travelled west of the Mississippi for missionary work.

After a year of missionary work, Brink accepted the call from congregation of Allendale, Michigan.  Brink's other charges include, Grandville Ave., Grand Rapids (1900-1904); Bethany, Muskegon, MI (1904-1909); and Broadway Ave. Grand Rapids (1909-1912). By 1912 Rev. Brink returned to home missionary work. From 1912 to 1938, with the brief intermission of serving Zillah, WA (1925-1930); Rev. Brink brought the gospel to the Native Americans of New Mexico for the remainder of his career. He served the areas of Rehoboth, NM (1912-1925); Two Wells, NM (1930-1931); and Zuni, NM (1931-1938). He retired in 1938. On April 8, 1948 Rev, John W. Brink passed away.

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[Series 1: [General Materials]],

Series 1: [General Materials]
Box 1
Folder 1: Financial records in back of unknown diary
Folder 2: Diary --- 1912
Folder 3: Diary --- 1913-1920
Folder 4: Welke is de School voor Onze Kinderen? 1904 [HERH BX6812.B756 --- 1904]
Folder 5: Dyksterhuis' Compendium of the Christian Religion --- 1910

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