Beginning with its first issue in October of 1924 through the September 15, 1988 issue The Standard Bearer has been edited by men bearing the name “Hoeksema.” The first editor, the late Rev. Herman Hoeksema, served from 1924 until 1964 when he was succeeded by his son, Prof. Homer C. Hoeksema. These men, by God’s grace, gave able leadership to our paper and wrote literally hundreds of pages, always faithfully bearing the standard of the Reformed faith. Prof. Hoeksema retired as editor at the end of the sixty-fourth volume. We wish him God’s richest blessings in his future labors on behalf of The Standard Bearer and our Protestant Reformed Churches, and we thank him for all his diligent work as editor for the past twenty-four years.
Our new editor is the Rev. David J. Engelsma. Rev. Engelsma is a son of our Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Walker, Michigan. He received the A.B. degree from Calvin College in 1960 and graduated from the Protestant Reformed Seminary in 1963. Rev. Engelsma was called by the Loveland (Colorado) Protestant Reformed Church and ordained a minister of the Word and Sacraments by that church in September of 1963. A little more than ten years later Rev. Engelsma accepted the call to serve the Protestant Reformed Church of South Holland, Illinois. Rev. Engelsma served South Holland from 1974 to 1988. He accepted the appointment of the Synod of the Protestant Reformed Churches (June, 1988) to the chair of Dogmatics in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. Currently Prof. Engelsma is working towards a Master of Theology degree at Calvin Theological Seminary.
Prof. Engelsma brings good experience and expertise in writing to The Standard Bearer. He is the author of several books published by the Reformed Free Publishing Association and numerous pamphlets on a wide variety of subjects. Some of these have enjoyed wide acceptance in the Reformed church world. Through his writing, preaching, and lecturing, Engelsma has made a significant contribution to the cause of the Protestant Reformed Churches and to the cause of the Reformed faith in our day.
May God bless and strengthen Prof. Engelsma as he assumes the difficult task of writing the editorial column of The Standard Bearer.
Assisting the editor and the managing editor, Professor Robert Decker, will be Mr. Donald Doezema. As editorial assistant Mr. Doezema will be proof-reading copy, scheduling articles, and preparing the contents of the magazine for the typesetters. Mr. Doezema is not new to this work, having assisted the former editor from 1975 to 1986. Mr. Doezema, a son of First Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids which he currently serves in the office of Elder, received the A.B. degree from Calvin College in 1962. Six years later he earned a M.A. degree from the University of Michigan. A veteran teacher, Mr. Doezema taught at both Adams Street Christian School and Covenant Christian High School from 1959 to 1987. For a number of those years he was principal at these schools. From 1987 to present Mr. Doezema has been busy writing materials for the Protestant Reformed Sunday School Association. Somehow from 1973 to 1976 Mr. Doezema found time to audit many of the courses taught in our Seminary. Thus he has a solid background in Reformed Theology. Mr. Doezema is a member of the Teacher Educational Development Committee of the Federation of Protestant Reformed School Societies, From 1972 to 1977 he served as executive secretary of the Board of that Federation. Mr. Doezema is editor of Perspectives, an educational journal published by the Protestant Reformed Teachers’ Institute. All of this experience should serve Mr. Doezema well in his work for The Standard Bearer. We wish him God’s blessing in this important work.