1922, Kentwood, Michigan.

November 12, 2005.


Son of a pastor, Van Halsema attended Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan; Princeton Theological Seminary, New Jersey; and Union Theological Seminary, New York (DD 1956). He served with the U.S. Army in the Pacific in World War II (1943-46). From 1952-82, he was a chaplain in the U.S. Army Reserve, retiring as a colonel.

Van Helsema was ordained in 1949, became Home Missionary-at-Large for the Christian Reformed Church (CRC) in 1957, and its first denominational minister of evangelism in 1959. From 1963-6 he pastored the Central Avenue CRC, Holland, Michigan; he then served as president of the Reformed Bible College, Grand Rapids, Michigan (1966-87). Van Helsema was also known for developing and leading missions orientation programs in Mexico, Central America, and the Middle East. He also edited the Missionary Monthly magazine, and was president of the Paul Society for many years.

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