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Collection Albert T. Ronk Manuscript Collection
Accession number BCA001
Admin/Biographical History Dr. Albert T. Ronk, (1886-1972), pastor, engineer, teacher, historian was born in Albia, lowa. He was the son of David William and Susan Elizabeth Teller Ronk. In 1887 the family moved to Turlock, California, and later to San Jose, California. From early childhood Ronk possessed an insatiable interest in machinery. His intuitive understanding of mechanical devices resulted in several inventions later in life. At twelve years of age he was baptized by Martin Shively in 1900. In 1906 he enrolled as a student at Ashland College. In 1909 he became pastor of the Brethren churches in Mexico and Sydney, Indiana. He began fulltime evangelistic work in 1914 and continued until 1920. Later he entered business as superintendent of the Peabody School Furniture Factory in North Manchester, Indiana. During world War II he was an industrial engineer for Barnard and Leas, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, a factory owned by his brother, George. Later, he designed a portable barley mill, a rice mill and personally supervised the construction of the world's largest rice mill in Ciudad Obergone, Mexico.
Dr. Ronk was ordained in 1910 by Dr. J. Allen Miller.

From 1914 to 1920 Ronk engaged in evangelism, after which he became more involved in mechanical inventions and industry. He purchased the Interstate Specialty Co., in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. From 1928 to 1955 he gave up preaching and was involved completely in industry. A renewal of concern for the church prompted him to return to the ministry in 1955 as pastor at Waterloo, Iowa, and Tucson, Arizona.

Ronk returned to Ashland in 1964 to research and write about Brethren history and beliefs and to teach church history at Ashland Theological Seminary. In addition to several articles in the Brethren Evangelist, he authored five books. Along with two brothers, he was honored by naming of the Ronk Memorial Chapel at the Ashland Seminary. He died October 15, 1972.

He was married April 16, 1912 to Goldie Fouts. Their children were Mary Louise (Bohr) and Albert Jr. (d. 1931).

Caption Dr. Albert T. Ronk
Catalog Number BCA001
Creator Albert T. Ronk
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Notes The following items are part of this collection.

Biographical file
Correspondence file on history research project
The exclusiveness of faith by Dr. Lloyd J. Averill
Licensing ministers application for ordination
Notes
Service for spiritual help
Abortion notes
Foreign mission
[the following are writings by Dr. Ronk]
Basic and functional church polity
The believer and his inner conflicts September 15, 1962
The Brethren Church
The Brethren Church in faith and order
Central District Udell, Iowa September 21, 1961 moderators address
Challenge of change to the church
Community vs freedom
Confirmation
Disappointments in prayer
The dynamic of history
Elder Willis E. Ronk
Elders, Bishops and their duties November 29, 1958
The elements of mysticism in the faith September 9, 1961
The elements of mysticism in the faith September 16, 1961
Elders, Bishops and their duties December 13, 1958
Epilogue
The eternity of the Lord Jesus Christ
Family life
Future of the Brethren Church
The genius of Brethrenism
God's plan for the ages: a bible study
Gospel ministry Vol. 2 & Vol. 3 1961, 1962
Greetings to the Church of the Brethren annual conference in Des Moines, Iowa 1958
The historical view of the Brethren Church 1708-1970 on the ordinance of baptism
A holy communion
The holy spirit part one
The holy spirit part two
The honeycomb Proverbs 24:13-14
Inherent theology in Brethren rites
Inherent theology in Brethren rites: confirmation
Inherent theology in Brethren rites: the theology of baptism part 1
Inherent theology in Brethren rites: public confession
Inherent theology in Brethren rites: the theology of baptism
Israel's cusesedness, blessedness, endlessness
Israel's timetable
Mother's day
The nature of A. T. S.
Our Brethren heritage
A philosophy of Brethren church history
A prophetic forward look
Prophetic purposes and covenants
Rays from the light of day
The romance of the ministry October 14, 1961
The romance of the ministry October 21, 1961
Roots of a family feud
Seminary sweethearts
A series of lectures by Revered Albert T. Ronk
Thanksgiving meditation
This is my task
The unfolding of spiritual life part one
The unfolding of spiritual life part two
The universal church
What seest thou?
What's right and what's wrong?
[manuscript] The history of missionary programs
[manuscript] History of Brethren missions

[box of sermons notes]
notebook-sermon notes
notebook-sermon notes
notebook-sermon notes
notebook-sermon notes
Albert T. Ronk diary 1943-1965
Albert T. Ronk ledger book listing sermons preached, confessions received, communions, funerals, weddings, revivals






Object Name Manuscript
People Ronk, Albert T.
Related Publications AUTHOR Ronk, Albert T., 1886-1972.
TITLE God's plan for the ages : a Bible study : typescript / Albert T.
Ronk.
IMPRINT [195-?]
CALL # Ronk.

Record 2 of 4
AUTHOR Ronk, Albert T., 1886-1972.
TITLE History of the Brethren Church : its life, thought, mission :
typescript / by Albert T. Ronk.
IMPRINT 1968.
CALL # Ronk.

Record 3 of 4
AUTHOR Ronk, Albert T., 1886-1972.
TITLE History of Brethren missions : typescript / Albert T. Ronk.
IMPRINT 1969.
CALL # Ronk.

Record 4 of 4
AUTHOR Ronk, Albert T., 1886-1972.
TITLE A search for truth : a chronicle of one man's 80-year search and
what he discovered : typescript / by Albert T. Ronk.
IMPRINT 1973.
CALL # Ronk.

Scope & Content The following collection is a compliation of Dr. Ronk's writings.
Search Terms Brethren Church