W11-1325.9. Moerdyk, Peter (1845-1923). Papers, 1891-1923. 0.25 linear ft.
Native of Biervliet, the Netherlands. Hope College class of 1866 graduate. Western Theological Seminary class of 1869 graduate (D.D.). Licensed by the Classis of Holland and ordained by the Classis of Michigan in 1869. He served as a pastor in Reformed Church in America congregations at both Macon, Michigan, and South Macon, Michigan (1869-1971); First Reformed Church of Grand Rapids (1873-1892); Trinity Reformed Church of Chicago, Illinois (1892-1907); and South Bend, Indiana (1908-1914). He also served Hope College, Holland, Michigan, as a professor from 1871-1873. He received two honorary Doctor of Divinity degrees, one from Hope College in 1897 and the other from Heidelberg University. The collection includes the “Autobiography of Jacobus Moerdyke, Sr. and Notes on the Life and Work of Dr. William Moerdyk,” biographical material, correspondence with Hope College president Dr. Edward Dimnent, and Moerdyk's "Chicago Letters" which were a regular feature of The Christian Intelligencer, the weekly church periodical of the Reformed Church in America from November 1891 to 1907. The columns are only available in digital form as transcribed upon request.
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