Memorials -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society
Volume: JETS 42:1 (Mar 1999)
Article: Memorials
Author: Anonymous


Harold Van Broekhoven

Harold Van Broekhoven was born on February 10, 1913 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. His mother died when he was a child, so he was adopted by his step-sister. He grew up in the Dutch Reformed Church, but was saved at a Baptist church. Upon finishing high school, Harold attended Wheaton College, and received his A.B. degree in 1935. At Dallas Theological Seminary Harold finished his Th.M. degree in 1939, then took an additional twenty-two hours of postgraduate work.

From 1940ā€“1956 Harold was a missionary with CAM International, serving primarily as a professor at the Central American Bible Institute in Guatemala. He was also the founder and director of Radio Cultural TGNA, Guatemala City. From 1956ā€“1964 Harold worked with WRMF, Inc., and has since served as the executive director of Outreach, Inc., and the Institute of Theological Studies, both in Grand Rapids, Michigan. A Doctor of Divinity was conferred on Harold by Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Harold was affiliated with the General Association of Regular Baptist Churches.

After a bout with pancreatic cancer, Harold suffered a stroke and died on June 30, 1997. He lived eighty-four years four months and twenty days. He is survived by his son Rollin of Washington; daughter Cora Lou of Grand Rapids; son Harold of Delaware, Ohio and daughter Lois of Grand Rapids; along with nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Harold had been a member of the Evangelical Theological Society for seventeen years.

John Alexander Burns

John Alexander Burns, both in Philadelphia on October 9, 1927, was the first of the three sons of Jackie and Peggie Burns, immigrants from Scotland. John quit high school to serve with the United States Navy in the Pacific during the last years of World War II. John became a Christian after attending a Bible study while working as a courier for Liberty Life Insurance. He then studied for full time Christian service at Philadelphia College of Bible and Temple University before heading for Africa to work with the Sudan Interior Mission in 1954.

John was united in marriage with Marian Neal, daughter of Hal E. Neal and Hazel Stauffer, on February 22, 1955 in Fada nā€™ Gourma, Upper Volta, now known as Birkin Fasa in West Africa. Their wedding was conducted in three ceremonies in three different languages that day. John taught elementary school in the French and Gourma languages, while Marian, a registered nurse, did medical work. They teamed up for evangelization as well.

Returning to the United States in 1957, John completed his B.A. degree at Barrington College in 1958, followed by a Th.M. degree from Dallas T...

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