Central College (Pella, Iowa) class of 1934; B.D. and Masters of Divinity degree from New Brunswick Theological Seminary in 1937; Honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Central College in 1949; Honorary Doctor of Divinity from Hope College in 1977; licensed for the ministry by the Classis of New Brunswick in 1937; ordained by the Classis of Philadelphia, 1937; student pastor at the Griggstown Reformed Church (Griggstown, New Jersey) 1935-1937; pastor for North and Southampton Reformed Church (Churchville, Pennsylvania), 1937-1939; Hope Reformed Church (Holland, Michigan), 1939-1951, 1952-1959, 1981; associate minister at First Reformed Church (Albany, New York), 1951-1952; pastor for Central Reformed Church (Grand Rapids, Michigan), 1959-1961; Vice President of the General Synod, 1957-1958 and President, 1958-1959; Stated Clerk for the General Synod, 1961-1968; General Secretary of the RCA, 1968-1977; Chairman, Commission on a United Approach to Church, 1949-1952; member of the RCA Board of Education, 1954-1961 (president, 1959-1961); trustee for Central College, 1954-1961 (Mr. & Mrs. Alumni Award, 2000); member of the Holland Rotary Club, 1939-2004; and membership on many other worthy organizations; wrote a weekly inspirational newspaper column for the Holland Sentinel “that reflected attributes that his friends and colleagues associated with him through his wit and wisdom that he wove into his writings, lectures and conversations with others,” 1981-present. Collection includes biographical information, a transcript created by the Hope College Living Heritage Oral History Project (1979); correspondence concerning the writing of William Scudder’s Arabian Mission Story book and general topics; and general publications appearing in magazines, as well as the Hope Church Pulpit 1944-1945, and his book Person to Person, 1997 (book of his Holland Sentinel articles).
Repository citation: Western Theological Seminary, "W99-1244. de Velder, Marion “Mert” (1912-2004). Papers, 1949-2004. 6.00 linear ft." (2012). Collection Registers and Abstracts. Paper 142.
June 18, 2012.