Author:Nicholas M. Steffens

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Nicholas M. Steffens
(1839–1912)
Minister of the Reformed Church in America and Professor of Theology at Western Theological Seminary.[1]

Biography[edit]

Biography quoted verbatim from The Joint Archives of Holland: [1]

Nicholas Steffens was born in Embden, Germany, on March 13, 1839. He attended school there and, at seventeen, became a teacher at a female seminary in Oldenburg. Two years later, he was in Constantinople with the Free Church of Scotland as a missionary to the Jews. It was there he met Jane Graham, whom he married on April 14, 1862. They had eight children, seven of whom survived him.

In 1863, Steffens went to the Theological School of the Christian Reformed Church at Kampen, the Netherlands. He served the church of Newmoor two years and the Veldhuizen Church in Bentheim four years. He returned to Embden in 1870 to pastor.

Coming to America in 1872, he first pastured the Reformed Church of Silver Creek in German Valley, Illinois, until 1876, when he worked for eight months at the Avenue B German Church, New York City, before returning to Silver Creek until 1878. From 1878-1882, he was pastor of the First Reformed Church of Zeeland, Michigan, and then the First Reformed Church of Holland, Michigan, from 1883-1884. He then became Professor of Systematic and Polemic Theology at the Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan) from 1884-1895 and then held the same position at the Presbyterian Theological Seminary (Dubuque, Iowa) from 1895-1898. From 1898-1900, he was pastor of the First Reformed Church, Orange City, Iowa. He then returned to his position at the Presbyterian Theological Seminary (Dubuque, Iowa) from 1900-1903. From 1903-1910, he served as Professor of Historical Theology at the Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan) and then Professor of Systematic and Polemic Theology from 1910 until his death on July 24, 1912, in Holland, Michigan.

Some Works[edit]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Joint Archives of Holland, W05-1295.5. Steffens, Nicholas M.
  2. Amazon: Christianity as a remedial scheme
  3. Princeton Theological Seminary, The Presbyterian and Reformed Review Vol. 7 No. 26 (1896), The Interrelation between the Doctrine of Total Depravity and Soteriology (Direct link to PDF)
  4. Princeton Theological Seminary, The Presbyterian and Reformed Review Vol. 12 No. 46 (1901), Calvinism and the Theological Crisis (Direct link to PDF)
  5. Wiley Online Library - scan of original (Direct link to PDF)
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