A native of Bozeman, Montana, Van Dyken was born in 1917, the eighth child in the family. After a move to California, Van Dyken grew up, married, and worked as an electrician. Changing his life's direction, he graduated from Calvin Seminary in 1954 and served in Orthodox Christian Reformed churches in California, Washington, and Canada. He loved the Heidelberg Catechism, preaching it and teaching numerous classes. This instruction led him to pen his own catechism books in a series entitled To You Is the Promise
. Though Van Dyken passed away in 1985, he had founded several churches and developed their congregations. His son Rev. Donald Van Dyken has followed in his father's steps by leading a church, and he has revised his father's books.
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