In memory of

  Rev. John Stek

    1925 - 2009


Rev. John H. Stek, went to be with his Lord on June 6, 2009 at the age of 84. Having dedicated his life to understanding and teaching God's word, he found comfort in Psalm 103, "Praise the Lord, my soul...who forgives all your sins and heals all your that your youth is renewed like the eagle's." Born in Oskaloosa, Iowa, March 7, 1925, he was nurtured in a strong community of faith. He began his studies at Calvin College in 1942. In 1944 he was called to serve in the US Army in the Pacific Theater. After the war he returned and graduated from the Calvin Theological Seminary in 1952. He was ordained and pastored the Christian Reformed Church in Raymond, Minnesota. In 1961 he began teaching at Calvin Seminary in the biblical languages and Old Testament continuing until retirement in 1990. In 1965 he began his work with the Committee on Bible Translation and later served as Chairman for 15 years. This work resulted in the publication of the New International Version in 1978 with subsequent revisions and the Today's NIV in 2003. He was an editor of NIV Study Bible which was published in 1985 and fully revised in 2002. He took special interest in studying the unique poetic structure of the Psalms. Millions around the world continue to be blessed by his work. John is survived by his wife of 61 years, Nadine R. (DeBruin) Stek; four children, Ruth and Douglas Paauwe, Douglas and Lisa Stek, Stanley and Cyndy Stek, David and Janice Stek; and 16 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Also surviving are three sisters, Clarissa and Gerald Rozenboom, Harriet and Raymond Brand, Kathryn VanGilst and their families. Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Zaagman Memorial Chapel. The funeral service will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Fuller Avenue Christian Reformed Church. A memorial service will be held at Calvin Seminary Chapel at a later date to be announced. Memorial contributions may be made to the John H. Stek Doctoral Chair in Biblical Studies of Calvin Theological Seminary or a charity of your choice.

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