Hope College class of 1942; served as an enlisted man in the US Army Signal Corps, 1942-1945 (Europe from 1943-1945); Western Theological Seminary class of 1949; licensed in Classis Wisconsin, 1949; ordained by Classis Rochester, 1949; pastorates included Palmyra, New York, 1949-1951; Fourth Kalamazoo, Michigan, 1951-1955; first pastor of Zion Grandville, Michigan, 1955-1961; Hingham Wisconsin, 1961-1965; and founding pastor of Calvary, Des Moines, Iowa, 1965-1970; Field Secretary of the Regional Synod of Mid-America, 1970-1985; member of the staff of the Crystal Cathedral, Garden Grove, California, 1985-1993, where Maassen and his wife, Harriet, initially served as co-directors of the Adult Education Department. Maassen later served as dean of the chapel, teacher of the very large Home Builders Class, minister to senior citizens and organizer and director of the Safari Club, which planned and conducted tours to various parts of the world; served in various denominational and community capacities including the Board of Trustees of Hope College, and as a volunteer at the Joint Archives of Holland since 1993. Collection includes materials dealing with his work as teacher and staff member at the Crystal Cathedral; lectures and courses; correspondence and papers that relate to the educational and adult programs of the Cathedral; extensive biographical materials, and letters from his time of service during World War II.
Repository citation: Western Theological Seminary, "W00-1255. Maassen, John H. (1920-2009). Papers, 1942-1999, 2009. 1.50 linear ft." (2014). Collection Registers and Abstracts. Paper 882.
March 14, 2014.