Rev. Dr. Allan J. Weenink
Rev. Dr. Allan J. Weenink of Holland, born in Kalamazoo MI July 6, 1921 entered the church triumphant on February 4, 2006. He was preceded in death by his son, James B. Weenink. He is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Virginia. His children, John A. Weenink and Mary Ann Stygstra of Holland, Judith and Scott Schoonover of VA. and Rev. Dr. Jeffrey D. and Jeanne Weenink of Bay City, his grandchildren, Scott A.and Sara J. Schoonover, Jenneke E., Justyne J., and Jaime B. Weenink, his brother and sister-in-law, Phillip J. and Margaret Weenink of FL. Sisters-in-law Phyllis Huff, and Delores Heidanus, and nephews and nieces. A life-long scholar, Dr. Weenink received his A. B. Degree from Hope College and his Master of Divinity from New Brunswick Theological Seminary. He attended Teachers College, Columbia University, New York where he obtained an M.A. in Counseling and Guidance. He did additional graduate study at the University of Michigan and Wayne State University. Dr. Weenink received a D.D. from Alma College and an L.H.D. from Angeles University (Philippines). Ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament in 1946, through his 60 years of ministry he served as Pastor for Christ Reformed Church in Newark, NJ, Associate Minister of Westminster Church, Detroit, the Director of Camp Westminster, Senior Pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Battle Creek, MI for 24 years, the Associate Executive for Stewardship/Mission for Lake Michigan Presbytery, and Interim Pastorates in Grand Haven, Holt, Jackson, Marshall, Hastings, Spring Lake, MI. He was the initiating minister for Parkwood Presbyterian Church of Jenison, MI and the visionary behind many new church developments. He served the Presbyterian Church at the Presbytery, Synod, and General Assembly levels. Dr. Weenink was the author of 5 books as well as numerous sermons and articles. Passionate about mission, he and his wife traveled extensively and involved themselves in God’s work throughout the world. As a civic-minded individual, he was past President of the Battle Creek Rotary Club, a Director for the “Y” Center, Trustee for Community Hospital, a Trustee for Kellogg Community College and Alma College. Weenink treasured the beauty of human life and reveled in the wonders of God’s creation on the bluffs of his haven “Pinecrest” above Lake Michigan. Ever the ardent and faithful steward he served on the staff of Westminister Presbyterian Church of Grand Rapids until his death.