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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 PentecostalCharismatic 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.

Archives Dedication: Celebrating two leaders in the Charismatic movement

Written by Sara Baron, Ed.D., Dean of the University LibraryRev. Dr. Dennis J. Bennett

You may have read about the Charismatic movement in your classes or heard about it in your church. Perhaps you have even been blessed with the gifts of the Holy Spirit. But there was a time in America when people did not celebrate these gifts or talk about them. The Charismatic movement in mainstream Christian churches began in the late 1950s and consisted of people manifesting the gifts of the Holy Spirit out in the open. Two great leaders of the movement are being honored by Regent University on October 24, 2013.

Dr. William Standish ReedRev. Dr. Dennis J. Bennett is considered by many the “first Charismatic.” His brother-in-law, Dr. William Standish Reed, is considered by many the “first medical evangelist.” The archives of both men reside at the Regent University Library. The Rev. Dennis J. Bennett Papers and the William Standish Reed, M.D. Collection will be dedicated and celebrated on this day with a number of speakers, video tributes, remarks from their spouses, Dr. Rita Bennett and Mrs. Jo Ann “Coppi” Reed, and an exhibit of artifacts from their archives. Speakers include Dr. Vinson Synan, Visiting professor of Church History, who will discuss the history of the Charismatic movement and the importance of Rev. Bennett in its earliest days. Dr. Kimberly Alexander, Associate Professor of the History of Christianity, will discuss the Charismatic movement’s emphasis on healing and the Holy Spirit and how Dr. William Standish Reed was instrumental in spreading the Word as a prominent medical doctor. Video clips of both men during the heights of their ministries will be shared along with video tributes from Stephen Strang, founder and editor of Charisma magazine; John and Elizabeth “Tib” Sherrill, writers and historians from the Charismatic movement; and Kenneth Copeland, Pentecostal leader and friend of both men.

Regent University Founder and Chancellor Dr. M.G. “Pat” Robertson will offer remarks and formally dedicate the archival collections. As the Charismatic movement receives more and more attention from historians of Christianity, this event is a wonderful opportunity to hear about and from people who lived during the origins of the movement, people who shaped the movement, and people who, above all, shared the Good News of Christ with others. We hope you can join us for this wonderful event!

Event Details:

Thursday, October 24, 2013 from 5:00 to 6:30 pm
Regent University Library Gallery
RSVP Stephanie Lowell, 757-352-4185 or
For more information, visit the
Archives Dedication webpage.

Visiting scholar researches in Library Special Collections

On January 30th the Library hosted a visiting scholar from Duke Divinity School. Dr. Lester Ruth came to the Library to examine documents in the John Wimber Collection for two research projects. The first is a book he is writing with fellow-scholars Andy Park and Cindy Rethmeier, Loving God Intimately: Worship with John Wimber at Anaheim Vineyard Fellowship. The second project is a broad history of contemporary worship. The Library is pleased to have been able to assist Dr. Ruth in his research.

John V. Lawing Collection Display in the Library

Written by Robert Sivigny, Special Collections Librarian

“Jesus a Joker? Certainly!” Such is the title of an article by columnist William Willoughby in a Washington Evening Star article about cartoonist John Lawing. Willoughby goes on to say, “…John Lawing was a born cartoonist. Little did he realize that when Christianity Today magazine started carrying his cartoons in November 1964 he would start a trend that would be copied in numerous Christian thought publications.” Regent University Library Special Collections & Archives is honored to have recently received an extensive collection of original cartoons by John Lawing, long-time professor at Regent University’s School of Communication & the Arts and one of the University’s founding professors.

The display, located on the first floor close to the Library gallery area, is only the tip of the iceberg of what is included in this marvelous collection. Besides a complete set of the series “What if…” that appeared in Christianity Today for seventeen years, there are cartoons from the Virginia Beach Beacon, Chesapeake Clipper, Time magazine, the National Courier, Christian Herald, The Fundamentalist Journal, CBN’s 700 Club, and many personal cartoons John did for colleagues wherever he was. My favorite in the display? A fellow is standing beside a church sign board that announces, “Closed Because of the Founder’s Death, Reopening soon under new management,” a biting commentary on the 1960s’ “God is dead” movement.

The Library is planning a reception in the near future to honor master of Christian wit John Lawing and his incredible artistic production. The display will run through June 2012.

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.