INTRODUCTION AND BIOGRAPHY OF - REV. PIETER KOOP KEIZER


Rev. P.K. KeizerA marvellously gifted preacher and teacher. That is what he is most remembered for: a man blessed with great talent for pulpit and classroom.

Born on September 19, 1906 he entered the ministry as pastor of the Reformed Church in the three villages of Vrijhoeve, 's Grevelduin and Capelle in 1932. He served only two other congregations: he accepted a call to Voorburg in 1937 and from 1942 he served the church at Groningen until his retirement 30 years later in 1972.

In 1944 and while minister at Groningen he was disposed from office by decree of classis and he, with several other deposed colleagues and elders sadly decided to form local congregations which would become known as the Liberated Reformed Churches.

All his life he worked for the unity of all true believers and gave evidence of this deep longing by serving for many years as deputy for contact with the Free Reformed (Christelijk Gereformeerde) Churches and as board member for the Dutch foundation for evangelical broadcasting (E.O.).

Rev. Keizer became known as a man who knew how to preach to and reach the young people. For 18 years he taught church history at a local highschool but he received special recognition for the manner of his catechism teaching and his open style of engaging the youth of the church in their particular circumstances.

For many years he prepared a bi-monthly question and answer column for a Reformed youth periodical and contributed to a series of Bible commentaries, but also wrote extensively on a range of practical and popular issues.

The articles which are re-published here are typical of the unique way in which Rev.Keizer spoke and wrote: simple, straight forward and compelling.

In his volume on church history Rev. Keizer wrote: "The only hope of the genuine believers in Christ is the fulfilment of His last prayer before His suffering, in which he did not pray for unity between the Sanhedrin and His disciples, nor between Judaizers and the followers of Paul, or between the followers of John and his opponents, but for unity among those who will believe in him through their message (i.e. the apostles') that all of them may be one, just as the Father is in him and He is in the Father, that they may also be in us." (John 17,20-21)

With this prayer SpindleWorks remembers and honours the life and work of Rev. Keizer, who passed away into his Saviour's glory on December 12, 1985.

 

The editors

December 1999

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