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William D. Buursma Collection, 1941-2000

By Ed Gerritsen

Collection Overview

Title: William D. Buursma Collection, 1941-2000

ID: COLL/553

Creator: Buursma, William D. (1925-2013)

Extent: 1.0 Cubic Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description


Minister of the Christian Reformed Church (1952-1991).

Biographical Note

William D. Buursma (8/16/1925 - 7/6/2013) found his life's highest purpose at the foot of the cross, eloquently proclaiming the truth and beauty of the Christian message as a minister of the Christian Reformed Church. He was an exemplary churchman, committed to the Reformed expression of Christianity yet warmly ecumenical in spirit. His parishioners appreciated his crisply reasoned, biblically rooted, and imaginatively crafted sermons that sought to inspire deep thought and abiding faith. Born in a small village in northern Friesland, he emigrated to Holland, Michigan, with his parents at the dawn of the Great Depression. After enlisting in the U.S. Army's 100th Infantry during WWII, he was educated at Calvin College and Calvin Seminary. He pastored churches in Strathroy, Ontario; Munster, Indiana; Bethel in Grand Rapids; and Third Kalamazoo. In his retirement, he returned to Grand Rapids and served at Ridgewood CRC in Jenison and Ada CRC, as well as at the VanRaalte Institute at Hope College. He deeply loved languages and etymology and was fluent in Frisian, Dutch, English, and German until dementia cruelly robbed him of his ability to speak. He was a faithful fan of Calvin College basketball teams, classical music, British poetry, antique furnishings, vegetable gardening, the Heidelberg Catechism, and his family. He was a frequent contributor to the CRC's magazine, The Banner, and hosted weekly television shows in Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids focusing on the interplay of faith and culture.


Box and Folder Listing

Series 1: [General Materials]
Box 1
Folder 1-21: Correspondence --- 1955-2000
Folder 22: Account of Trip to Israel --- Aug 1968
Folder 23: Paper - Remembrances of a Christmas Past
Folder 24: Federation Messenger Article --- undated
Folder 25: Sermon: Untroubled Hearts - JFK Memorial Service --- Nov 26, 1963
Folder 26: Young Calvinist Convention Program Booklet (W.D.B. Speaker) --- 1955
Folder 27: DeKoster vs. Boer Debate Booklet and Newsclippings --- Mar 1979
Folder 28: Memoirs of Albert Burrsma (Uncle of W.D.B.) --- 1968 and 1978
Folder 29: Complaint: William Buursma vs. Jack B. Dick --- Mar 1986
Box 2
Folder 1: Scrapbook of World War II Servicemen Photos and Newsclippings --- 1941-1945