Campus Ministry Records, 1954-1995  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Campus Ministry
Title
Campus Ministry Records
Dates
1954-1995 (inclusive)
Quantity
10 boxes (15 lin.ft), 1 scrapbook, 85 photographs
Collection Number
OPVARCH1_20
Summary
Records documenting the founding, organization, management and running of Campus Ministry from the years 1955 to 1995.
Repository
Pacific Lutheran University, Archives and Special Collections
Archives and Special Collections
Pacific Lutheran University
12180 Park Avenue South
Tacoma, Washington
98447
Telephone: 253-535-7586
Fax: 253-535-7315
archives@plu.edu
Access Restrictions

The local histories are available for research

Languages
Englisg
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Student Congregation of Pacific Lutheran College (PLC) was formed in 1955 through the combined efforts of President Eastvold, the PLC faculty and the student body. It was created with the intent to be a congregation made up of and run by the students of PLC, functioning under the Evangelical Lutheran Church (ELC). It functioned the same as any ELC congregation of the time, with a Church Council and its officers, a Board of Trustees to handle material matters, and a Board of Deacons of handle spiritual matters. The recently constructed Chapel-Music-Speech Building was to function as its place of worship, and the first pastor called to minister to the Student Congregation was Reverend Robert W. Lutnes.

Pastor Lutnes served as Pastor to the Student Congregation during its formative years, at first only overseeing the congregation and its needs, but by his final year (1958) acting as official advisor to all of the religious clubs on campus. Also in 1958, he was officially asked to assist the Dean of students in arranging speakers for the required Chapel services that took place four days a week in the Chapel-Music-Speech Building--a task that had previously been the responsibility of the Dean and the President.

Reverend John Larsgaard was called to be the second pastor to the Student Congregation in 1959. In 1960, Pacific Lutheran College became Pacific Lutheran University (PLU), and in 1962 President Eastvold resigned, to be replaced by Dr. Mortvedt. With the steady growth of the Student Congregation, the workload quickly became too heavy for one pastor to handle everything. Thus, a number of different Associate Pastors--many of them housefathers--were hired part-time to help ease the burden. They included Pastor "Pops" Malmin (housefather of Old Main (Harstad)), Pastor S.M. Moe (housefather in Ivy Hall), Pastor Alf Kraabel (housefather in Pflueger), and Joseph Shefveland (Foss Hall). By 1966 the work load became heavy enough that a second full-time pastor became necessary and Reverend Morris Dalton was called to be Associate Pastor to the Student Congregation.

In addition to his duties as Pastor to the University Congregation, Pastor Larsgaard was also University Chaplain, and therefore in charge of organizing Chapel. Ever since the Chapel-Music-Speech Building was built in 1952, all students had been required to attend Chapel four days a week. In 1966, though, the student body began to argue against mandatory Chapel attendance. Pastor Larsgaard agreed with the students, supporting voluntary Chapel for everyone, and the school year of 1967-1968 was the first year that students were not required to attend Chapel.

Both Pastor Larsgaard and President Mortvedt left PLU in 1969. President Mortvedt was replaced by Dr. Wiegman, and Pastor Larsgaard by Reverend Don Taylor. This was a time of upheaval and change at PLU. It was generally considered that the Student Congregation was not meeting the needs of the students on campus, and President Weigman felt that it was important to find alternate worship possibilities and a different form of organization for religious groups on campus. In response to this, the Religious Life Council was formed as a governing body for all religious groups on campus. Additionally, the Religious Life Council was given the authority to appoint ministers to the university. Thus, the ministers called to the University were no longer Pastors to the Student Congregation, but Ministers to the University at large, with the Student Congregation being only one of their responsibilities.

Following this change in structure, Pastor Dalton's contract was not renewed, and Pastor Taylor's was only renewed for one year. In 1971, Reverend Gordon Lathrop was called to be University Minister. He worked as the only pastor on campus for two years, though he had interns to help him with his duties. In 1973, the Student Congregation revised its constitution and changed its name to the University Congregation. In that same year, the workload again became too heavy for one pastor, even with the help of interns, and Reverend James Beckman was called to minister alongside Pastor Lathrop. During their two years together, the PLU administration reached a point of upheaval. President Wiegman took a leave of absence for his final year as University President, and Provost Jungkuntz took over for him. In 1975, Dr. William Rieke was chosen as PLU's next president.

Pastor Lathrop left PLU in 1975, and Reverend Donald Jerke was called to take his place. Pastor Jerke worked alongside Pastor Beckman until 1976, when Pastor Beckman died of cancer. That year Reverend Ronald Tellefson was called to be Campus Minister alongside Pastor Jerke. In 1978, the Religious Life Council revised its constitution and changed its name to the Campus Ministry Council. One year later, Pastor Jerke resigned his post as University Minister and accepted a position as Vice President for Student Life.

Pastor Tellefson stayed as University Minister for ten years. During that time the Beckman Memorial Lectureship Series was initiated in Memory of Pastor Beckman, the first being held in 1978. In 1980, Reverend Ron Pierre Vignec was called to be Associate Pastor. Together he and Tellefson saw the establishment of ties between PLU and Africa, the creation of the Chicago Folk Services, the 1982 Peacemaking Conference, and another revision of the Campus Ministry Council's constitution. Pastor Vignec left PLU in 1985, the same year that the University Congregation celebrated its 30th Anniversary. Pastor Tellefson stayed as Campus Minister until 1987, when he accepted the appointment as Director of Church and University Support at PLU.

In 1987, three University Ministers were called simultaneously to serve PLU. Reverends Daniel Erlander, Susan Briehl and Martin Wells ministered to PLU until 1994.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Records documenting the history of Campus ministry at Pacific Lutheran University. Collection includes sermons, backgrounds of pastors, chapel papers and bulletins, religious life council records, student congregation records and university congregation records including papers and bulletins.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Property rights reside with Archives and Special Collections and copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts or records must be submitted to the University Archivist. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder

Preferred Citation

[identification of item]Campus Ministry Records, Archives and Special Collections, Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Washington, 98447

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

1:  Campus Pastors Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
A: The Lutnes Years
Pastor Robert W. Lutnes was Pastor for the Student Congregation at Pacific Lutheran College (PLC) from the time that it was established in 1955 until 1958. Prior to being pastor at PLC, he taught English there for two years. He is the author of Ever One God (Augsburg Publishing House, 1955). In 1954 he wrote a pageant called "The Eternal Slave" for PLC's Sixtieth Anniversary Celebration. Events that took place during his time as pastor were Mission Emphasis Week, Spiritual Emphasis Week, Family Life Conference, and the founding of the Student Congregation.
1955-1958
Box/Folder
1.1
Mission Emphasis Week
1954
1.2
Eternal Slave
1954
1.3
Pilgrim
date unknown
1.4
Spiritual Emphasis Week
1955-1958
1.5
Seedtime
1958
1.6
Correspondence
1983-1984
B: The Larsgaard Years
Pastor Larsgaard was Pastor of Student Congregation and University Chaplain at Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) from 1959 to 1969. During Larsgaard's time, PLU hosted Spiritual Emphasis Week, Mission Emphasis Week, and Faith in Life Week, as well as the Family Life Conference. In 1967, chapel attendance was changed from mandatory to voluntary. Associate Pastors during Larsgaard's time were Malmin (1960-1962), Moe (1961-1967), Kraabel (1962-1967), Shefveland (1965-1967) and Dalton (1967-1969).
1959-1969
Box/Folder
1.7
Spiritual Emphasis Week
1959-1962
1.8
Larsgaard Correspondence
1958-1959
1.9
Larsgaard Correspondence
1959-1960
1.10
Larsgaard Correspondence
1960-1961
1.11
Larsgaard Correspondence
1961-1962
1.12
Larsgaard Correspondence
1962-1963
1.13
Larsgaard Correspondence
1964-1965
1.14
Larsgaard Correspondence
1965-1966
1.15
Larsgaard Correspondence
1966-1967
1.16
Larsgaard Correspondence
1967-1968
1.17
Larsgaard Correspondence
1968-1969
2.1
Pastor's Inquirers' Class
n.d.
2.2
Family Life Conference
1959
2.3
LSA
1960-1961
2.4
Reformation Festival
1960-1961
2.5
Faith in Life Week
1963-1966
2.6
League Interest Fellowship Team
1965-1967
2.7
Listening Witness
1965-1968
2.8
Lutheran World Federation
1967-1968
2.9
CALL committee
1968-1969
2.10
Chapel Attendance
1967-1968
C: The Taylor/Dalton Years
Donald W. Taylor was Pastor for the Student Congregation and University Chaplain for Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) from 1969 to 1971. During his time at PLU, the Religious Life committee was formed to address the religious needs of the students (1971). Though the Student Congregation continued to be the dominant worship community at PLU, other religious groups gained popularity and attendance. Efforts were made to give students the opportunity to worship with off-campus congregations. Student Congregation services were moved to the Chris Knudsen Hall in the University Center. Morris Dalton was his Associate Pastor from 1969-1970.
1969-1971
Box/Folder
2.11
Dalton Correspondence
1969-1970
2.12
Taylor Correspondence
1969-1970
2.13
Taylor Correspondence
1970-1971
D: The Lathrop/Beckman /Jerke Years
Gordon Lathrop was University Minister for Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) from 1971 to 1975. James Beckman served as University Minister at Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) from 1973 until his death in 1976. He spent one year as an intern at PLU before he was called to be University Minister. Don Jerke served as University Minister of Pacific Lutheran University from 1975 to 1978. He became vice president of student life in 1978 and retained the position until his death in 1981. Events during Lathrop's time as Pastor at PLU include the Staley Distinguished Christian Lectureship Series, "The Church and Social Change" symposium, "The Celebration of the Gospel with Herb Brokering," the first All Campus Fast, Student Congregation's name change to University Congregation, and the renovation of Tower Chapel. In 1973, the need for two full time pastors was expressed and Beckman was hired as a second University Minister. Bread for the World was founded, PLU was host to Madelyn Murray O'Hare in 1974 and Dr. Helmut Thielicke in 1975. Pastor Jerke took over for Pastor Lathrop in 1975. Notable events to happen during Jerke's time include the tragic death of Pastor James Beckman and the installation of Pastor Ron Tellefson; the revision of the Religious Life Council's constitution in which the council's name was changed to Campus Ministry Council, additions made to Tower Chapel, and the Faith in Life forum.
1971-1978
Box/Folder
2.14
Lathrop Correspondence
1971-1972
2.15
Lathrop Correspondence
1972-1973
2.16
Lathrop Correspondence
1973-1974
2.17
Lathrop Correspondence
1974-1975
2.18
Lutheran Youth Alive
1974-1975
3.1
Staley Distinguished Scholar Lectureship
1972-1976
3.2
Lutheran Student Movement
1974-1975
3.3
Beckman correspondence
1973-1976
3.4
Beckman Sermons
1970-1973
3.5
Beckman Sermons
1974
3.6
Beckman Sermons
1975-1976
3.7
The Beckman Files, Index
3.8
The Beckman Files, B
3.9
The Beckman Files, C
3.10
The Beckman Files, D
3.11
The Beckman Files, E
3.12
The Beckman Files, F
3.13
The Beckman Files, G
3.14
The Beckman Files, H
3.15
The Beckman Files, I
4.1
The Beckman Files, J
4.2
The Beckman Files, L
4.3
The Beckman Files, M
4.4
The Beckman Files, N
4.5
The Beckman Files, O
4.6
The Beckman Files, P
4.7
The Beckman Files, Q R
4.8
The Beckman Files, S
4.9
The Beckman Files, T
4.10
The Beckman Files, U V
4.11
The Beckman Files, W X Y Z
4.12
The Beckman Files, Worship and Liturgy
4.13
The Beckman Files, Christmas
4.14
The Beckman Files, Lent
4.15
The Beckman Files, Easter
4.16
The Beckman Files, Offertory
4.17
The Beckman Files, Sermons
5.1
The Beckman Files, Day of Pentecost
5.2
The Beckman Files, Santa Lucia
5.3
The Beckman Files, Third Sunday in Advent
5.4
The Beckman Files, Christmas Day
5.5
The Beckman Files, First Sunday after Christmas
5.6
The Beckman Files, Second Sunday after Christmas
5.7
The Beckman Files, Topical Outlines
5.8
The Beckman Files, Saints Days/Feast Days
5.9
The Beckman Files, Pentecost
5.10
The Beckman Files, Church Year
5.11
The Beckman Files, Epiphany
5.12
The Beckman Files, Luke
5.13
The Beckman Files, Matthew
5.14
The Beckman Files, Mark
5.15
The Beckman Files, John
5.16
The Beckman Files, Acts
5.17
The Beckman Files, Romans
5.18
The Beckman Files, I Corinthians
5.19
The Beckman Files, II Corinthians
5.20
The Beckman Files, Galatians
5.21
The Beckman Files, Ephesians
5.22
The Beckman Files, Philippians
5.23
The Beckman Files, Philemon
5.24
The Beckman Files, Hebrews
5.25
The Beckman Files, James
5.26
The Beckman Files, Revelations
5.27
The Beckman Files, The Disciples
5.28
The Beckman Files, "James Beckman"
5.29
The Beckman Files, Synoptic Parallels
5.30
The Beckman Worship Handbook
6.1
Beckman Death and Memorial
1976
6.2
Jerke Correspondence
1975-1976
6.3
Jerke Sermons
1976-1978
6.4
Jerke Notes and Correspondence
1976-1978
6.5
Jerke Publication
1984
E: The Tellefson/Vignec/Rieke Years
Ronald Tellefson was University Pastor at Pacific Lutheran University from 1977 until 1987. Significant events during his time include the Faith in Life Forum, Beckman Memorial Lectureship, the creation of Chicago Folk Services, the Peacemaking Conference, the PLU for Africa Week, the establishment of ties with Namibia, and the University Congregation's 30th Anniversary Celebration. After leaving his post as University Pastor, Tellefson was appointed Director of Church and University Support at PLU. Associate Pastors to Tellefson were Ron Pierre Vignec (1980-1985) and Stephen Rieke (1985-1986).
1977-1987
Box/Folder
6.1
Beckman Memorial Lectureship
1978-1984
6.2
Religious Emphasis Student Questionnaire
1977
6.3
Religious Emphasis Student Questionnaire
1979
7.1
Religious Emphasis Student Questionnaire
1979
7.2
Religious Emphasis Student Questionnaire
1980
7.3
Religious Emphasis Student Survey
n.d.
7.4
Banners and Vestments
1975-1979
7.5
Sermons
n.d.
7.6
Ronald Tellefson
1976-1985
7.7
Vicar Larson
1978-1979
7.8
Vicar Briehl
1979
7.9
Vignec Call
1979-1980
7.10
Peace Literature/Nuclear Papers
1981
7.11
World Hunger Week
1981-1983
7.12
Ron Pierre Vignec
1984
7.13
News Clippings
1981-1984
7.14
Thirtieth Anniversary
1985
7.15
Rieke, Stephen
1985
F: The Erlander/Wells/Briehl Years
Daniel Erlander, Martin Wells, and Susan Briehl were University Pastors at Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) from 1986 to 1994.
1987-1994
Box/Folder
7.16
Briehl/Erlander/Wells
1986-1994
7.17
Erlander--Agnes and Donna
7.18
Erlander Publications
1981

Series II:  Chapel Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
A: Chapel Papers
Includes bulletins for Convocations, Chapel Schedules, papers pertaining directly to Chapel at Pacific Lutheran University, and advertisements for chapel from 1966 to 2005.
Box/Folder
8.1
Convocations
1950-1976
8.2
Chapel Schedules
1966-1975
8.3
Chapel Papers
1962-1992
8.4
Chapel Advertisements and Announcements
1966-1995
8.5
Chapel Advertisements and Announcements
1996-2005
B: Chapel Bulletins
Box/Folder
8.6
Chapel Bulletins
1962-1963
8.7
Chapel Bulletins
1963-1964
8.8
Chapel Bulletins
1964-1965
9.1
Chapel Bulletins
1965-1966
9.2
Chapel Bulletins
1966-1967
9.3
Chapel Bulletins
1967-1968
9.4
Chapel Bulletins
1968-1969
9.5
Chapel Bulletins
1969-1970
9.6
Chapel Bulletins
1970-1971
9.7
Chapel Bulletins
1971-1972
9.8
Chapel Bulletins
1972-1973
9.9
Chapel Bulletins
1972-1973
10.1
Chapel Bulletins
1973-1974
10.2
Chapel Bulletins
1973-1974
10.3
Chapel Bulletins
1974-1975
10.4
Chapel Bulletins
1975-1976
10.5
Chapel Bulletins
1975-1976
10.6
Chapel Bulletins
1976-1977
10.7
Chapel Bulletins
1976-1977
10.8
Chapel Bulletins
1977-1978
10.9
Chapel Bulletins
1977-1978
10.10
Chapel Bulletins
1978-1979
10.11
Chapel Bulletins
1979-1980
10.12
Chapel Bulletins
1980-1981
10.13
Chapel Bulletins
1981-1982
10.14
Chapel Bulletins
1982-1983
10.15
Chapel Bulletins
1983-1984

Series III:  Religious Life Council/Campus Ministry Council , 1969-1994Return to Top

Includes minutes from Religious Life Council meetings, includes Religious life Council Constitution and Religious Clubs.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
11.1
Religious Life Council
1969-1970
11.2
Religious Life Council
1970-1071
11.3
Religious Life Council
1971-1972
11.4
Religious Life Council
1972-1973
11.5
Religious Life Council
1973-1974
11.6
Religious Life Council
1974-1975
11.7
Religious Life Council
1975-1976
11.8
Religious Life Council
1976-1977
11.9
Religious Life Council
1977-1978
11.10
Religious Life Council
1978-1979
11.11
Religious Life Council
1979-1980
11.12
Religious Life Council
1980-1981
11.13
Religious Life Council
1981-1982
11.14
Religious Life Council
1982-1983
11.15
Religious Life Council
1983-1984
11.16
Religious Life Council
1984-1985
11.17
Religious Life Council
1985-1986
11.18
Religious Life Council
1986-1987
11.19
Religious Life Council
1987-1988
11.20
Religious Life Council
1988-1989
11.21
Religious Life Council
1989-1990
11.22
Religious Life Council
1990-1991
11.23
Religious Life Council
1991-1992
11.24
Religious Life Council
1993-1994
11.25
Religious Life Council Constitutions
11.26
Religious Life Council Clubs

Series IV:  Student Congregation/University Congregation , 1955-1994Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
A: Student Congregation Papers
Includes minutes of Student Congregation meetings, minutes of Board of Trustees for the Student Congregation , minutes of the Board of Deacons, Constitutions of the Student Congregation, limited correspondence directly related to Student Congregation, Budgets., Treasurers' log books, ballots and congratulatory letters for the election of officers.
1955-1994
Box/Folder
12.1
Student Congregation
1955-1956
12.2
Student Congregation
1956-1957
12.3
Student Congregation
1957-1958
12.4
Treasurer's Book
1955-1958
12.5
Student Congregation
1958-1959
12.6
Student Congregation
1959-1960
12.7
Student Congregation
1960-1961
12.8
Student Congregation
1961-1962
12.9
Student Congregation
1962-1963
12.10
Student Congregation
1963-1964
12.11
Student Congregation
1964-1965
12.12
Student Congregation
1965-1966
12.13
Treasurer's Log
1965-1966
12.14
Treasurer's Book
1964-1966
12.15
Student Congregation
1966-1967
12.16
Treasurer's Log
1966-1967
12.17
Treasurer's Log
1967-1968
12.18
Student Congregation
1967-1969
13.1
Student Congregation
1969-1970
13.2
Student Congregation
1970-1978
13.3
Student Congregation
1979-1980
13.4
Student Congregation
1981-1985
13.5
Student Congregation
1986-1994
B: Student Congregation Bulletins
Box/Folder
13.6
Student Congregation Bulletins
1955-1956
13.7
Student Congregation Bulletins
1956-1957
13.8
Student Congregation Bulletins
1957-1958
13.9
Student Congregation Bulletins
1958-1959
13.10
Student Congregation Bulletins
1959-1960
13.11
Student Congregation Bulletins
1960-1961
13.12
Student Congregation Bulletins
1961-1962
13.13
Student Congregation Bulletins
1962-1963
14.1
Student Congregation Bulletins
1963-1964
14.2
Student Congregation Bulletins
1964-1965
14.3
Student Congregation Bulletins
1965-1966
14.4
Student Congregation Bulletins
1966-1967
14.5
Student Congregation Bulletins
1967-1968
14.6
Student Congregation Bulletins
1968-1969
14.7
Student Congregation Bulletins
1969-1970
14.8
Student Congregation Bulletins
1970-1971
14.9
Student Congregation Bulletins
1974-1975
14.10
Student Congregation Bulletins
1978-1979
14.11
Student Congregation Bulletins
1979-1980
14.12
Student Congregation Bulletins
1980-1981
14.13
Student Congregation Bulletins
1981-1982
14.14
Student Congregation Bulletins
1982-1983
14.15
Student Congregation Bulletins
1983-1989
14.16
Student Congregation Bulletins
1989-2001

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Chapel
  • Peace
  • Sermons
  • Personal Names :
  • Beckman, James
  • Dalton, Morris
  • Jerke, Donald
  • Kraabel, Alf M.
  • Larsgaard, John
  • Lathrop, Gordon
  • Lutnes, Robert W.
  • Rieke, Stephen
  • Taylor, Donald
  • Tellefson, Ronald
  • Vignec, Ron Pierre
  • Corporate Names :
  • Bread for the World (Organization)
  • Campus Ministry Council
  • Chapel-Music-Speech Building
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • Religious Life Council
  • Student Congregation
  • University Congregation
  • Geographical Names :
  • Africa
  • Namibia
  • Occupations :
  • Campus Minister
  • University and college chaplains
  • University minister
  • Other Creators :
    • Corporate Names :
    • Campus Ministry (creator)