Born: December 5, 1855, near Dundee, Michigan.
Died: July 17, 1939, Temple Terrace, Tampa, Florida.
Buried: Maple Grove Cemetery, Dundee, Michigan.
Van DeVenter attended Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, Michigan.
He then taught in the public schools for 15 years; served as Supervisor of Drawing in Sharon, Pennsylvania; and five years in Braddock, Pennsylvania.
He switched to a career in evangelism around 1896, working with Wilbur Chapman and others in America and England.
Toward the end of his life, he lived in St. Petersburg, Florida, then moved to Tampa, Florida, around 1923. He was professor of hymnology at the Florida Bible Institute (now Trinity Bible College) for four years.