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Paul G. Schrotenboer Collection

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Collection Overview

Title: Paul G. Schrotenboer Collection, 1939-1998

ID: COLL/451

Primary Creator: Schrotenboer, Paul G. (1922-1998)

Extent: 18.25 Cubic Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description

Abstract

Minister of the Christian Reformed Church, executive director for Association for the Advancement of Christian Scholarship (AACS), general secretary of the Reformed Ecumenical Synod (later called Reformed Ecumenical Council), editor of RES News Exchange, RES Theological Forum, RES Mission Bulletin, and International Reformed Bulletin. The collection includes: extensive AACS and Institute for Christian Studies (ICS), RES materials; speeches, lectures, reports, papers, notes, and reference materials on a wide range of topics including ecumenism, church unity, Calvinism, Christian Labour Association, Catholicism, Christian education, Canadian immigration, apartheid, theology, H. Evan Runner, Karl Barth, etc.; conference materials; sermons; and correspondence.

Biographical Note

Paul Gerard Schrotenboer was born in East Saugatuck, Michigan on May 10, 1922. As a high school senior, Schrotenboer felt the call to become a minister. Schrotenboer pursued his dream by entering Calvin Theological Seminary where he earned his Th.B. in 1947. He earned his Th.M. from Westminster Seminary in 1949 and travelled aboard to earn his Th.D. in 1955 from Free University in Amsterdam. Schrotenboer first call from the congregation of Ottawa, Ontario. He served there until 1960 when he accepted the call from the congregation of St. Catharines, Ontario.  For a few years Schrotenboer also worked part-time as the development director for the Association for the Advancement of Christian Scholarship (AACS), now the Institute for Christian Studies (ICS).

During the 1963 meeting of the Reformed Ecumenical Synod (RES) in Grand Rapids, Schrotenboer was offered a staff position of General Secretary for RES.  Hiring Schrotenboer resulted in RES having a greater world presence. He visited other world gatherings as a RES representative. He made connections with the World Alliance of Reformed Churches, the World Council of Churches, and World Evangelical Fellowship. He also held close connections with the churches in South Africa. He greatly opposed apartheid, and played a significant role in helping end it. Despite having a busy work schedule, Schrotenboer still found time to write.  He had written a great number of books, pamphlets, and essays. He remained with the Reformed Ecumenical Synod until he retired in 1988. Although retired, he still worked part-time for the International Association for the Promotion of Christian Higher Education.

After a long fight with cancer, Paul Gerard Schrotenboer passed away on July 16, 1998 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He was survived by his wife of 52 years, Bernice Oatmen. He was also survived by his 3 sons and their families.


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[Series 1: AACS Material, 1964-1982],
[Series 2: Papers and Class Notes, 1930-1970, n.d.],
[Series 3: Reference Material, 1940-1988],
[Series 4: Correspondence, 1965-1998],
[Series 5: WEF Material, 1980-1998],
[Series 6: Speeches and Lectures, 1956-1988],
[Series 7: Papers, 1969-1997],
[Series 8: OMSC and Missions Conference Material, 1982-1987],
[Series 9: Miscellaneous, 1952-1998],
[Series 10: Photographs],
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Series 6: Speeches and Lectures --- 1956-1988
Box 31
Folder 1: Speeches Representing the RES --- 1964-1972
Folder 2: Speeches
Item 1: "How to Improve my Devotional Life"
Item 2: "Horizons Unlimited"
Item 3: "The Relevancy of Christian Faith"
Item 4: "Open my Eyes"
Item 5: "Fellowship with the Word of God"
Folder 3: Speech, "Switching to an Evangelical School"
Folder 4: Speech, "Youth and Jesus Christ", "Thine is my Heart" (John Calvin)
Folder 5: Speeches
Item 1: "The Witnessing Church of Jesus Christ"
Item 2: "Why Westminster?"
Folder 6: Speech on Missions (in Dutch) --- 1956
Folder 7: Speech on our Christian Calling in Canada
Folder 8: Speech on W.D. Jonker
Folder 9: Speeches
Item 1: "The Christian Grad in a World Adrift"
Item 2: "Convey the Word in Deed"
Item 3: "The Hope of Christ's Coming"
Item 4: "The History of Christian Education"
Folder 10: Banner Articles --- 1968
Folder 11: Reformed Journal Articles
Folder 12: Lectures on the Authority of Scripture
Folder 13: Lectures on Man's Need of God and the Escapism of Agnosticism
Folder 14: Lectures on the Mystery of the Trinity, Our Proof of God and The Impasse of Atheism
Folder 15: Lectures on the Love of God, the Providence of God and the Wrath of God
Folder 16: Reformation Lectures at Dordt College --- 1988
Folder 17
Item 1: Devotions written for the "Daily Manna" Calendar
Item 2: Correspondence re Daily Manna Devotions
Folder 18: Lesson Outline for the Young Calvinist
Folder 19: Address to CRC Synod, 1985/Comments to Synod --- 1984
Folder 20: Documents re Writing Meditations for the "Family Altar" --- 1959
Folder 21: Youth Bible Study Material
Folder 22: Study Guide on the Book of Amos
Folder 23: Lessons on Hosea

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: AACS Material, 1964-1982],
[Series 2: Papers and Class Notes, 1930-1970, n.d.],
[Series 3: Reference Material, 1940-1988],
[Series 4: Correspondence, 1965-1998],
[Series 5: WEF Material, 1980-1998],
[Series 6: Speeches and Lectures, 1956-1988],
[Series 7: Papers, 1969-1997],
[Series 8: OMSC and Missions Conference Material, 1982-1987],
[Series 9: Miscellaneous, 1952-1998],
[Series 10: Photographs],
[All]


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