W14-1423. Broek Family. Papers, 1845-1963. 0.50 linear ft.
Dirk/Derk Broek was born on February 5, 1835, to Harm and Mrs. Broek of Nieuw Leuzen, the Netherlands. He received an A.B. degree from Rutgers College in 1861. In 1864, he graduated from New Brunswick Theological Seminary, and was licensed and ordained by the Classis of Holland, Michigan, in 1865. He served as a pastor in the Reformed Church in America (RCA) congregations at Graafschap, Michigan (1865-1870), Saugatuck, Michigan (1870-1875), Cleveland, Ohio (1875-1876), Polkton, Michigan (1876-1880), Third Reformed Church of Holland, Michigan (1880-1888), Detroit, Michigan (1888-1892), and Grandville, Michigan (1892-1903). He passed away in Grandville, Michigan, on November 11, 1903. His son, Albertus Theodore Broek, was born in Coopersville, Michigan, on January 7, 1878. He graduated from Hope College in 1900. In 1903, he graduated from New Brunswick Theological Seminary. He received an honorary Doctorate of Divinity degree from Central College in 1912. He was licensed by the Classis of Grand River. He served as a pastor in RCA congregations at Newburgh, New York (1903-1908), Clinton Avenue Reformed Church in Newark, New Jersey (1908-1922), and Mt. Vernon, New York (1922-1930). He was dismissed from the denomination in 1930. The second son of Dirk Broek, John Yonker Broek, was born in Coopersville, Michigan, on September 13, 1880. He received an A.B. degree from Alma College in 1903. He received a graduate degree from New Brunswick Theological Seminary in 1906 and later honorary Doctorate of Divinity degrees from Central College in 1925 and Alma College in 1933. He was licensed by the Classis of Grand River and ordained by the Classis of Monmouth in 1906. He served as a pastor in RCA congregations at Grand Avenue in Asbury Park, New Jersey (1906-1908), Trinity Reformed Church in Plainfield, New Jersey (1908-1958). He served as vice president of the General Synod; president of the Board of Domestic Missions; and trustee of Central College in Pella, Iowa. He passed away in Plainfield, New Jersey, on April 16, 1963. The collection includes biographical materials concerning the families of Dirk Broek and his wife Anna Jonkers Broek, Albertus Theodore Broek, and John Yonker Broek, articles and correspondence by John Yonker Broek, Dutch language Bible (1887), Psalms in Hebrew book (1845), and a Dutch language book about the Heidelberg Catechism, n.d.
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