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Library receives donation of The Remnant Newspaper Collection

by Rev. Yabbeju (Jabez) Rapaka, Ph.D., Special Collections Assistant

Library Archivist Don Gantz receives The Remnant Newspaper Collection from Jerrell Miller.

Library Archivist Don Gantz receives The Remnant Newspaper Collection from Rev. Jerrell H. Miller.

Regent University Library recently received a donation of primary source materials chronicling an American revival in the 1990s. Rev. Jerrell H. Miller, editor of The Remnant, a monthly revival newspaper, presented copies of twelve years of his publication to the Library’s Special Collections. The newspaper reflects a prophetic stream of the Pentecostal movement, and features many articles on the Brownsville Revival that began in June 1995 at Brownsville Assemblies of God Church near Pensacola, Florida.

The Brownsville Revival lasted for nearly 10 years, touched the lives of thousands of individuals, and had a global impact, spreading revival flames to many churches throughout the world. During the peak of the revival more than 4 million people attended the meetings. In addition to the United States, they came from more than 34 countries, including Japan, England, India, South Africa, France, Canada, Australia, and the Philippines. According to Rev. Miller, many Methodists, Pentecostals, Anglicans, Presbyterians, and even Mormons came to Brownsville to encounter God. Several luminaries in modern Pentecostal/Charismatic circles, including Paul Yongi Cho, Reinhard Bonke, and Thomas Trask (then General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God) graced the pulpit at Brownsville and addressed worshipers hungry for the touch of God.

In addition to having a detailed chronicle of the Brownsville Revival, The Remnant newspaper covers other revivals occurring during the same period that will be of interest to those doing research in the history of the Pentecostal, Charismatic, and other renewal movements. These include Hardeeville, Ramona, and Mobile in the United States, as well as revivals in England, Japan, and Nigeria.

Regent University has a strong collection of resources related to global renewal movements, including the Pentecostal Research Collection. The Remnant Newspaper Collection has ties to other collections in the Library, such as the John Wimber Collection and the North American Renewal Service Committee Papers (NARSC). Once the newspapers are processed, a research guide with more information will be available on the Library website.

What do they do? — Don Gantz

Don Gantz
Special Collections and Archives Assistant Supervisor

I have been at Regent University Library since 1994. I was a student here in the School of Biblical Studies in the mid-1980s.

The mission of Special Collections and Archives is to collect, preserve, provide access to, and interpret resources relevant to Regent University’s history, culture, curriculum, and special interests. Although items in Special Collections may not be checked out, most of our collections are available to access by appointment.

The Archives portion of the department is limited to the history of Regent. My position at the Library is sometimes known as “archivist,” which should not to be confused with “anarchist,” especially since anarchists are generally not much interested in preserving old documents and institutional memory! Preserving the documents that chronicle Regent’s history is important, since, as someone has wisely observed, if we don’t write our own history, someone else will. Because work in the archives keeps me out of sight for much of the day, faculty and students have occasionally seen fit to give me other titles, e.g. “Quasimodo” (from The Hunchback of Notre-Dame) and “The Wizard of Oz.”

The Special Collections are distinct from the Archives in that they extend beyond the history of Regent. For example, we have extensive collections related to the history of the Pentecostal and Charismatic renewal movements. The Special Collections and Archives department also creates most of the displays that you see on the first floor of the library throughout the year.

My favorite pastime is being delighted and tormented by my granddaughters Abigail, age 8, and Caitlyn, age 5.