Groeneboer, Roelof (13 February 1914 - 6 February 1980)

BiographyRoelof Groeneboer (b. February 13, 1914, in Assen, the Netherlands, d. February 6, 1980 in Abbotsford, BC) was a minister in the Netherlands on January 1, 1944, assigned to the village of Barchem in the province of Gelderland until 1946. During the Second World War Groeneboer was an active member of the Dutch resistance, helping to hide Dutch Jews, and attained the rank of major in the resistance. He managed ration food books, required by German occupation authorities, falsifying them and then giving the books to Jews, or using them to donate food for Jews hidden by the resistance.

After the war, Groeneboer served in two other churches in the Netherlands: in Wirdum, in the province of Friesland, from 1946 to 1949 and in Weesp, in the province of North Holland, from 1949 to 1953. From 1953 to 1954 he was chaplain in the Royal Dutch Army. In 1955, Groeneboer moved to Canada with his family. He ministered at Bethel Church, Acton, Ontario, from 1955 to 1959, then moved to Bethel International Church, Vancouver, British Columbia, from 1959 to 1966 and later moved to Penticton, British Columbia, from 1966 to 1969. He retired on January 1, 1969.

Roelof Groeneboer married Willemina B.J. Holtrust. They had four children: Willemina (Willeke), Janny (Jane), Roelof (Rob) and Berja (Brenda).