Rienk Kuiper

Rienk B. Kuiper
Born 1886
Garrelsweer, Groningen
Died 1966
Occupation Calvin College
Title President
Term 1930-1933
Predecessor Johannes Broene
Successor Ralph Stob
Spouse(s) Marie Janssen
Children Marietta Rolena Heerema; Dr. Klaudius Kuiper; Kathryn Junia Kuiper

Rienk Bouke Kuiper (January 31, 1886 – April 22, 1966)[1] was born in Garrelsweer, in the municipality of Loppersum, in the Netherlands.[2] His family moved to Grand Haven, Michigan in 1891 when his father accepted a call to be minister of the Christian Reformed congregation there. Kuiper graduated from the University of Chicago (A.B., 1907); Indiana University (A.M., 1908); Calvin Theological Seminary (diploma, 1911); and Princeton Seminary (B.D., 1912). He served as the pastor of several congregations in West Michigan, including one in the Reformed Church in America.

In 1928 he accepted a one-year appointment to Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, as Professor of Systematic Theology. The Synod of the Christian Reformed Church persuaded Kuiper to accept the presidency of Calvin College in 1930. During his tenure the economic impacts of the Great Depression began to be keenly felt. Although enrollment did not decline, partly because a lack of jobs meant young people pursued education, the downturn forced the college to cut costs and expenses. Faculty voluntarily took pay cuts, as high as 40 percent. Kuiper also found it difficult to mediate the growing differences of opinion among faculty and between faculty and the Board of Trustees over the school's direction.[2] In 1933 he took up the position of Professor of Practical Theology at Westminster Seminary. Retiring in 1952, he returned to Grand Rapids and then accepted the presidency of Calvin Theological Seminary for four years.

Kuiper married Marie Janssen in 1911. They had three children: Marietta Rolena Heerema, Dr. Klaudius Kuiper and Kathryn Junia Kuiper, who died at age two.

Kuiper's books include: As to Being Reformed, Not of the World, For Whom Did Christ Die?, God Centered Evangelism and The Glorious Body of Christ.


  1. Rienk Bouke Kuiper at Westminster Theological Seminary
  2. 1 2 Rienk B. Kuiper at Calvin College
Academic offices
Preceded by
Johannes Broene
President of Calvin College
Succeeded by
Ralph Stob
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