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Adriaan Johann Victor Burger

Also Known As: "Attie"
Birthdate: (80)
Birthplace: Middelburg, Stormberg District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Death: May 21, 1981 (80)
Immediate Family:

Son of Ds. Alewyn Petrus Burger and Adriana Petonella Geertruida Burger
Husband of Elizabeth Cornelia Burger
Father of Elisabeth Susanna Korsten and Private
Brother of Jacobus Bossau Burger; Magdalena Maria Rousseau; Alewyn Petrus Burger; David Jacob Burger; Margaretha Elizabeth Burger and 3 others

Managed by: Peter Bruce Knobel
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About Adriaan Johann Victor Burger

Source: Wikipedia

Dr. Adriaan Johan Victor (Attie) Burger (Middelburg, Transvaal, 23 September 1900-1981) was a minister in the Dutch Reformed Church, editor of The counselor and longtime secretary of the Council of the Dutch Reformed Churches and two different synods.

He was born while his father, Reverend. AP Burger was a Commando in the Boer War. His mother was a daughter of treasurer-general JB Boshoff of Pretoria and granddaughter of President JN Boshoff of the Orange Free State. With his mother and five other children, he was sent to the concentration camp in Howick when he was very young. His first education he received at the CNE school he matriculated at Middelburg and later. In 1919 he published a year education, after which he went to the Transvaal University College in Pretoria where he obtained the BA degree. In 1924 he went to the Seminary in Stellenbosch and follow in the footsteps of his father Alewyn. He took a keen interest in student life, was chairman of the Union debating society and vice-president of the Student Council. During his student days he wrote short stories for You and other magazines.

Congregational ministry. In 1927 he was appointed minister legitimized and March 1928 plug. Citizen in his first church Paulpietersburg, ordered and confirmed. It was in Natal, but was with the other Dutch Reformed churches in Northern Natal was then still part of the Transvaal Church. Here he takes an active role in the operations of the Saamwerk Union in Natal and serve a few years as chairman. He set up a Ring Bulletin, The Link. He will remain in the church until he assumed in 1939 when he was called to the Church Pretoria North. Here he proved that he was very competent and he erected a town center for the benefit of the poor, the first of its kind. It was built with borrowed money in 1941. He was elected as chairman of the Christian Social Council (CSC) and submit herself to the care of the poor in the Church. He was chosen as assistant secretary of the Synod of the NH or G Church and then secretary, and a member of so many public and ecclesiastical bodies and commissions that he had but little time to do the writing.

In 1946 he accepted a call to the two-year-old church Johannesburg North, where he was confirmed in January 1947. His predecessor and the church's first minister, the Reverend. JJ Odendaal was gone in June 1946 to Vereeniging. In Rand town lead Burger fundraiser for the building a church that the council already two years later count that building but could begin. Citizen lies the church at Oaklandslaan 17, Norwood,'s cornerstone on June 17, 1950. The construction manager was Cor Korsten, father of the African singer Ge Korsten, who with his family in 1936 emigrated to South Africa from Holland and in the future dwelt parish boundaries of Johannesburg North. That congregation inaugurated his church on February 18, 1951 and on January 5, 1952 Burger married his daughter, Elna, to Ge Korsten in the eleven-month-old church building.

After eight years in Johannesburg North accepts Burger in 1955 to appeal to the large downtown church Johannesburg East (called Irene Church), which is a buurgemeente of Johannesburg North before the congregation Johannesburg Observatory in 1964 of Irene Church seceded it. Stay in Johannesburg East Burger just two years, because in 1955 he became a full-time editor of the Dutch Reformed Church family magazine, The Counsellor.

Church involvement. He had a born knack for secretary work, serving for 13 years as secretary of the Council of Churches, the forerunner of the General Synod, 14 years as secretary of the Transvaal Synod and eight years as secretary of the General Synod. It is the longest of any Synod secretary in the DRC. After the Second World War he strove for the social upliftment of underprivileged Africans lead the Christian Social Council in Pretoria and set up the first community center with a full-time social worker. From an early age he was fond of writing and it was at his insistence that the Transvaal Synod in 1937 The Counsellor erect, whose Burger later became associate editor. From 1948 he was nine years part-time editor of the paper and of 1957 14 years full-time. Although The Counsellor mostly outside the church and national politics stayed over with Kerkbode strong stand against the Cottesloe church summit's decisions. Civil emeriteer in 1967, although he was only made editor in 1970 of The Counsellor retirement. He died in 1981.

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Adriaan Johann Victor Burger's Timeline

September 23, 1900
Middelburg, Stormberg District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
October 9, 1930
Age 30
May 21, 1981
Age 80