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Gordon Dale Laman attended Hope College and received his degree there in 1956. He continued his studies intermittently at Western Theological Seminary until receiving a B.D. in 1959, a Th.M. in 1970, and a D.Min. in 1983. Laman was licensed and ordained by the Classis of Muskegon in 1959. He began his career as a missionary in Japan in the same year and was a professor at Tokyo Union Theological Seminary. The collection consists of materials associated with Gordon Laman and the Reformed Church in America (RCA) Mission in Japan. It includes personal and business correspondence, articles, a paper, information about RCA land holdings in Japan, maintenance, the North American-Japan Commission on Cooperative Mission, and personnel. Of note is much material written in Japanese, a few items dealing with the situation in Japan during the World War Two era, and blueprints of RCA-owned buildings in Japan. The collection also includes material of Sue Brink, Russell Norden, Glenn Bruggers, Ron Korver, and Albertus Pieters.


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