John Wimber (1934-1997) was a principal founder of the Vineyard church movement. Before his radical conversion to Christ in 1963, he was a rock musician with the Righteous Brothers. His ministry brought new expression to the work of the Holy Spirit as witnessed in the more than 1,500 Vineyard churches that exist today worldwide. The Library’s Wimber Collection includes journals, conference materials, course syllabi, Vineyard publications, brochures, newspaper articles, correspondence, and memorabilia.
On Monday, March 12, the Library will host a special event to celebrate the legacy of this man of God. The featured speaker will be the Rev. Christy Wimber, daughter-in-law of John Wimber. The event will take place at 2:00 in the Library auditorium, followed by refreshments on the Library Balcony and an exhibition in Special Collections.
For more information, including a list of speakers and a link to RSVP, see the Wimber Collection Event homepage.
What is Special Collections? (And why is it locked up?)
by Jason Stuart, Reference Librarian
In 2013, Special Collections hosted the Living Word exhibition of ancient Biblical manuscripts.
The University Library’s Special Collections & Archives are a treasure trove of unique primary source materials and artifacts. Researchers have travelled from all over the United States and Great Britain to unlock the secrets of our vault.
Although the Library’s Special Collections is becoming an important destination for 20th Century Christian history research, the 2014 Customer Satisfaction Survey suggests that most students are unaware of Special Collections. Here are two of the comments we received:
- “I have not used this service.”
- “What is Special Collections? Isn’t that the area that’s always closed off and unavailable?”
Written by Robert Sivigny, Special Collections Librarian
With a dissertation to write on the distinctiveness of John Wimber’s signs and wonders theology, Dr. Joseph Zichterman knew he had to use Regent University Library’s John Wimber Collection to complete his work. The Wimber Collection, donated by the Wimber family for the purpose of scholarly research, is filled with articles by and about Vineyard founder and pastor, John Wimber, who died in 1997.
Dr. Zichterman is a professor of Biblical studies at Multnomah University in Portland, Oregon, and is completing his second doctorate degree. About his visit to Regent Library, he remarked, “the Special Collections at Regent are an outstanding aid for scholars to tap into primary resources. The staff went above and beyond the call of duty to assist me in my research regarding the personal collection of John Wimber.” Dr. Zichterman also singled out for special thanks Library volunteer Fran McGowan and the InterLibrary Loan department for their assistance with scanning documents.
The Library prays God’s blessing on Dr. Zichterman as he completes his dissertation and hopes that his work will be an important contribution to scholarship about this significant Church leader of the late twentieth century.