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Hulst, John B. (1868-1948) | Heritage Hall, Hekman Library

Name: Hulst, John B. (1868-1948)

Historical Note:

Son of Rev. Frederikus Hulst, John B. Hulst was born on way to Holland, Michigan near the town of Vriesland, Michigan on April 6, 1868. Like his father before him, Hulst wanted to pursue a career in ministry. Hulst enrolled in Calvin Theological Seminary, however due to being overworked, he suffered from a severe nervous breakdown. The nervous breakdown made it impossible for Hulst to finish his education at the Seminary.

Despite not graduating, Hulst still became a prominent layman for the Christian Reformed Church. He was a member of the Spring Street Church in Grand Rapids. Hulst was very involved in his church as he was the president of his church's Young People's Society. Many recall him leaving an invaluable impression on the youth of that group. He also served as an elder in many of the local congregations as well. Additionally, he also served the denomination in many capacities. He served on a great number of boards and committees, however the Publication Committee of the Christian Reformed Church was a particular favorite of Hulst. He was an avid reader of religious books, and an advocate for the printed word as a way to spread divine truth. He participated as a member of the committee for thirty-two years, and for sixteen years as the president.

Although, at an older age than originally anticipated, Hulst did received a license to preach at several Classis.  Hulst very much enjoyed to preach, and the congregations enjoyed listening to him as he was an impressive speaker. Hulst retired from his post at the Publication Committee in 1946, and became too feeble to continue preaching. On February 20, 1948 John B. Hulst passed away at his home in Grand Rapids. He was preceded in death by his wife, Wilhelmina Smitter. He was survived by his son Arnold, and daughter Dora, and grandchildren.

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