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Kromminga, Carl G. (1925-) | Heritage Hall, Hekman Library

Name: Kromminga, Carl G. (1925-)

Historical Note:

Carl Gerhard Kromminga was born on February 12, 1925 in Peoria, Iowa. Like his father, Rev. Diedrich H. Kromminga, Carl decided to pursue a career in ministry. He enrolled in Calvin College and Seminary earning his Th.B. in 1948. That same year Kromminga married Margaret Luteyn. Together they had three children. When Margaret passed away in 1986, Kromminga got remarried to Joan Jellema Bulthuis.

Kromminga was ordained on October 1, 1948 at Lodi, New Jersey. He remained in Lodi until 1951 when he accepted the call from Harderwyk Christian Reformed Church of Holland MI. The 1953 Synod appointed Kromminga to the Calvin Seminary faculty. Before beginning his career at Calvin, Kromminga was granted a stipend to advance his studies at the Free University of Amsterdam, where he would eventually earn his Th.D. in 1964.  Kromminga began teaching at Calvin Seminary in 1954 and remain on faculty until his retirement in 1990.  During his time at the Seminary he began as Chair of Practical Theology (1954-57) then became Associate Professor of Practical Theology (1957-65) and ended his career as Professor of Practical Theology (1965-90). He also earned his M.Div. in 1981 from Calvin Theological Seminary.

Kromminga also served on several denominational boards and committee such as the Evangelism Principles Study Committee, Task of Deacons, and Interchurch Relations. He also found time to write articles for a number of journals like Missionary Monthly, The Banner, and Calvin Theological Journal. He even wrote a book entitled, Bringing God's News to Neighbors.

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