Miner Stegenga was a native of North Holland, Michigan. He attended the Hope College Preparatory School from 1907-1911 before entering Hope College. He received an A.B. degree from Hope College in 1915, graduate education from New Brunswick Theological Seminary from 1916-1917, and a Master of Divinity degree from Western Theological Seminary in 1918. He later received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Central College in 1938. He was licensed by the Classis of Holland in 1918 and ordained by the Classis of Rochester that same year. Stegenga served as a minister in the Reformed Church in America in several churches. Those churches included Palmyra Reformed Church, New York, 1918-1919; Calvary Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1919-1924; First Reformed Church of Walden, New York, 1924-1930; Grove Reformed Church, North Bergen, New Jersey, 1930-1953; First Reformed Church of Poughkeepsie, New York, 1954-1955; Trinity Reformed Church, Holland, Michigan, 1955-1956. During World War II, he served as a chaplain in the United States Army. He also served as president of the Particular Synod of New York and the Particular Synod of New Jersey during his career. The collection includes biographical information about Miner Stegenga and his wife Dureth M. Bouma Stegenga, and funeral and service manuals and notes used by Stegenga during his service as a minister. The collection also includes genealogies for the Popke Stegenga and Duiker, Joldersma, Bouma, and Hospers families, photographs of the Stegenga family, and a photograph album kept by Miner Stegenga while at the Hope College Preparatory School (1907-1911) and Hope College (1911-1915).
Repository citation: Western Theological Seminary, "W10-1380.30. Stegenga, Miner (1891-1976). Papers, 1910-2001. 0.50 linear ft." (2018). Collection Registers and Abstracts. Paper 1578.
October 26, 2018.