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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.


Box and Folder Listing


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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],
[All]

Series 9: Miscellaneous --- 1952-1998
Box 35
Folder 1: RES/South Africa Issues --- 1986
Folder 2: RES General Secretary Reports --- 1984, 1988
Folder 3: Reformed Ecumenical Synod Profile --- 1987
Folder 4: Reformed Ecumenical Council Report: Facing the Challenge of Secularism
Folder 5: World Evangelical Conference Material-Wheaton College --- 1983
Folder 6: World Evangelical Conference Material-Singapore --- 1986
Folder 7: Report on Trip to Singapore --- 1967
Folder 8: Trip to Mexico --- 1989
Folder 9: Reformed Churches in Australia Material --- 1991
Folder 10: Tantur Ecumenical Institute Material --- 1997-1998
Folder 11: Canadian Centennial Celebration Committee Material --- 1964-1967
Folder 12: International Assignment for Reformed Faith and Action Material --- 1980-1985
Box 36
Folder 1: Material, 3rd Conference of Institutions for Christian Higher Education --- 1968-1981
Folder 2: Minutes of Steering Committee-3rd Conference of Institutions for Christian Higher Education --- 1978-1981
Folder 3: BEM Task Force Material --- 1988
Folder 4: Redeemer College Conference on Orthodoxy and Orthopraxis-1985
Folder 5: Princeton CRC Material --- 1972-1979
Folder 6: H Evan Runner Festschrift Project --- 1975-1987
Folder 7: Synodical Report 36/44 Material --- 1971
Folder 8: Religious Training/Study Centre Material --- 1980
Folder 9: Documents Relating to Fulbright Scholarship --- 1952
Folder 10: Christian School Promotional Material
Folder 11: Belgic Confession Study Committee Material --- 1957-1958
Folder 12: International Assignment for Faith and Action Material --- 1958
Box 37
Folder 1: Pattaya, Thailand Conference Material --- 1980
Folder 2: Newsletters of the Committee for Justice and Liberty --- 1964-1967
Folder 3: Immigration Committee of Canada Documents --- 1958
Folder 4: Canadian Immigration Material --- 1955-1958
Folder 5: Photographs: personal photo, Bert Beach, Pope Paul VI
Folder 6: Class Papers (High School)
Folder 7: Poetry
Folder 8: Articles on Fasting
Folder 9: Report on the Book, The Finality of the Christian Religion
Folder 10: Resume
Folder 11: High School Compositions --- 1980
Folder 12: Research Notes: Library Holds, International Reformed Bulletin, BX9401.I6
Folder 13: Sermons on Lords Day 1-6
Folder 14: Sermons on Lords Day 7-10
Folder 15: Sermons on Lords Day 11-20
Folder 16: Sermons on Lords Day 21-25
Folder 17: Sermons on Lords Day 26-35
Folder 18: Sermons on Lords Day 36-45
Folder 19: Sermons on Lords Day 46-52

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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