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Title: Peter Ekster Collection, 1880-1918

ID: COLL/081

Primary Creator: Ekster, Peter (1855-1918)

Extent: 2.0 Boxes. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description

Subjects: Alpine Christian Reformed Church (Grand Rapids, Mich.), Westend Christian Reformed Church (Grand Rapids, Mich.)

Forms of Material: Sermons

Abstract

Minister of the Christian Reformed Church. Sermons with topical files, and a paper concerning the Alpine Avenue Christian Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Biographical Note

When Rev. Peter Ekster passed away unexpectedly on July 24, 1918 he left a large congregation, the First Christian Reformed Church of Grand Rapids, Michigan. During his ministry the congregation went through the trying experience of moving from Commerce Avenue near the city center to Bates Street in the southeast sector of the city. It was there that a large new church building was erected. The congregation was in the midst of the "language question." The language question was not an easy one to solve in any given church. However, Peter Ekster was the kind of pastor who guided the church with a high degree of sanctified common sense. He served his congregations with love and gentle strength.

Peter Ekster was born in Baflo, Province of Groningen, the Netherlands, November 30, 1855. In 1867 the Ekster family moved to Kalamazoo, Michigan. The ministry of Rev. J. Noordewier was used to bring about a spiritual change in young Peter that set him on a course toward the Christian ministry. Peter enrolled in the Theological School in Grand Rapids in 1878; five years later he graduated and entered the active ministry. Ekster married Nellie De Jong and together they had five daughters.

Peter Ekster served in the following churches: Spring Lake, Michigan, September 1883 to September 1886; Alpine Avenue, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1886-1905; Midland Park, New Jersey, 1905 to August 1908; and First Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan, September 1908 to July 18, 1918.

His wider ministry covered classical and synodical service.

His writing included articles in De Gereformeerde Americaan and published sermons. He served as president of the Christian Psychopathic Hospital Association.

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Alpine Christian Reformed Church (Grand Rapids, Mich.)
Westend Christian Reformed Church (Grand Rapids, Mich.)


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Series 1: Sermonic Material
Box 1
Folder 1: Ekster, Jeanette - correspondence --- 1913
Folder 2: Sermons, handwritten in Dutch --- 1880-1885
Folder 3: Sermons in notebooks: Exodus 2:23-25; Psalm 85:7; John 15:2; Luke 15:2
Folder 4: Sermons on Genesis, outlined with pertinent press clippings
Folder 5: Sermons on Exodus, outlined, with pertinent press clippings
Folder 6: Sermons on Numbers and Deuteronomy, outlined, with pertinent press clippings
Folder 7: Sermons on Judges and Ruth, outlined, with pertinent press clippings
Folder 8: Sermons on I and II Samuel, outline, with pertinent press clippings
Folder 9: Sermons on I and II Chronicles, some with pertinent press clippings
Folder 10: Sermons on Psalms and Jonah, some with press clippings
Box 2
Folder 1: Sermons on Ezekiel to Malachi, outlined, with pertinent press clippings
Folder 2: Sermons on Matthew to John, outlined, with pertinent press clippings
Folder 3: Sermons on Romans to II Corinthians, outlined, with pertinent press clippings
Folder 4: Sermons on Galatians and Ephesians, outlined, with pertinent press clippings
Folder 5: Sermons on Philippians to Jude, outlined, with pertinent press clippings
Folder 6: Sermons, Funeral messages, outlined, with pertinent press clippings
Folder 7: Sermons, Ascension Day and Lent, outlined, with pertinent press clippings
Folder 8: Sermons on the Heidelberg Catechism, outlined, with pertinent press clippings, incomplete

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