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Glenn W. Whitaker Papers, 1936-1981

By Colleen McFarland

Collection Overview

Title: Glenn W. Whitaker Papers, 1936-1981

Predominant Dates:1936-1972

ID: HM1/929

Creator: Whitaker, Glenn W. (1909-1979)

Extent: 5.7 Linear Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: By series

Date Acquired: 03/24/2001

Languages: English [eng]

Scope and Contents of the Materials

These papers document the ministry of Glenn W. Whitaker and are divided into four series:

Series 1: Early Ministry and Service, 1936-1981 Series 2: Photographs, 1936-1951 Series 3: Sermon Ministry, 1950-1972 Series 4: Phonograph Records, 1943-1950

Biographical Note

1909    Born January 3, Beaver Crossing, Nebraska.  Parents were John and Lydia (Steckley) Whitaker, who lived at Kalispell, Montana; Albany, Oregon; and La Habra, California, where they had an avocado and orange grove.

1935   Received diploma for Missionary Course of Study, Bible Institute of Los Angeles (later known as Biola College).  He had started his course work in 1931.  Later he also attended Goshen College.  Met future spouse, Ferne Zimmerman, who was living with her aunt and uncle, and working in Los Angeles.  They both would have attended Los Angeles Mission Church, on 73rd Street, Los Angeles.

1936   Married July 28, to Ferne Zimmerman, who was born May 13, 1908, near Crystal Springs, Kansas.  The larger town near by was Harper, Kansas.  Parents were Jacob J. and Lizzie (Troyer) Zimmerman. Father was minister at Crystal Springs Mennonite Church, and married them.

1936   Ordained minister.

1936      In October went to Portland, Oregon, to work at the Portland Mission until March 1939.  They also revived summer camps in 1937 and 1938, and also worked with boys and girls clubs.

1938    Glenn Whitaker attended Goshen College

1938     Son, Warren born, August 3

1939     March 6, left Portland and went to Los Angeles, California, to work at Los Angeles Mission.  Pastor of Los Angeles Mission Churches on 73rd Street and also on Normandie Ave.  They also worked with boys and girls clubs that included Caucasian on 73rd Street, and included African-American and Japanese on Normandie Ave.  Also held camps each summer in the area, 1939-45.

1942      Helped write and publish a Constitution of the Calvary Mennonite Church, at which point the church name then changed from the Los Angeles Mission.  Churches at both locations were called Calvary Mennonite.

1942   Fall, was director at Civilian Public Service (CPS) Camp #45, Luray, Virginia.

1943    Spring, went back to pastor Calvary Mennonite Church, Los Angeles, California

1945    Glenn's health broke during summer church camp, and which led to him having to give up his pastoral work. Never fully recovered from earlier surgeries, and suffered from ill health the rest of his life.

1946    Moved to La Habra, Orange County, California, to live with Glenn’s parents

1947   April 23, left California to live with Ferne's parents near Crystal Springs in Kansas.  Glenn Whitaker did some preaching at Crystal Springs Mennonite and Pleasant Valley Mennonite near Harper, Kansas, and sat on a stool behind the pulpit for delivering the sermon.

1948     Offered pastorate at Woodland Mennonite Church, Wichita, Kansas, and served there until 1951.  Began radio ministry here, and worked with a small popular music radio station, and then later moved to a larger radio station in the city.  Also worked with an integrated boys and girls club, and also began a plaque ministry.  Also held evangelistic meetings in other churches in Kansas, and during the summer at Colorado Springs, Limon, Thurman, and later at Denver, in Colorado.  During summers he also preached at Filer, Hammett (Indian Cove) and Nampa, in Idaho, and at Bloomfield, Montana, and at Sweet Home and Albany, Oregon, as well as at Western Mennonite School and Church, near Salem, Oregon.

1951    Moved to Thurman, Colorado, where Ferne taught school.  Glenn received some help from La Junta Mennonite Hospital

1952      Moved to La Junta, Colorado, where Ferne taught school at Cheraw, and later at North La Junta school.  Glenn did some preaching at Colorado Springs, where Jess Kauffman was pastor, in summer 1954, and at other Mennonite churches in Colorado.  Here he began his tape-recorded sermon ministry, with mimeographed study guides.

1959    Moved to Pueblo, Colorado where Ferne taught school.  Whitaker added illustrated slides to go along with his taped sermons.  Also wrote a book manuscript “Traveling through Ephesians” in the last years of his life.

1979     Glenn Whitaker died in Pueblo, Colorado

1999      Ferne Whitaker died in Pueblo, Colorado

Administrative Information

Alternate Extent Statement: 2 records cartons, 2 archives boxes, 1 half archives box, and 1 oversize box

Access Restrictions: These materials are open for public research.

Use Restrictions: <span style="color: rgb(16, 55, 93); font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; ">Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. Copyright not owned by the Mennonite Church USA Archives.</span>

Acquisition Source: Warren Whitaker, Acc. 2001-13

Separated Materials: Plaque, block print of Oregon Mennonite Mission building by Ferne Z. Whitaker, Wooden Guest Book, and "Foxes," a print of an original ink drawing by J. C. Swartzendruber transfered to the Mennonite Historical Library (Goshen, Indiana).

Preferred Citation: Glenn W. Whitaker Papers, 1936-1981.  HM1-929.  Mennonite Church USA Archives - Goshen. Goshen, Indiana.


Box and Folder Listing

Series 1: Early Ministry and Service, 1936-1981Add to your cart.
This small series documents Whitaker's early work in ministry, including his work in Orengon and California as a missionary, and later a mission superintendent.  Also includes information on his Civilian Public Service work in Virginia and a clipping about his plaque ministry in Kansas.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Biographical Information, 1943-1979Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Mission News (Portland, Oregon), 1936-1939Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Los Angeles Mission Reports, 1939-1943Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Calvary Mennonite Church Constitution, 1942Add to your cart.
Folder 5: CPS Camp 45, Luray, Virginia, Reports, 1942-1943Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Camping History, 1937-1944, by Ferne Whitaker, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Hidden Valley Summer Camp Materials, 1942-1944Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Plaques for the Lord Clipping, 1950Add to your cart.
Box 2 OVAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Floral Plaque, circa 1950Add to your cart.
Item 2: Picture Frame Plaque, circa 1950Add to your cart.
Series 2: Photographs, 1936-1951Add to your cart.
Black and white photographic prints and slides depicting the Mennonite missions in Oregon and California, Mennonite churches in Los Angeles, and mission camps in California, and the Whitaker family.  Includes a handmade photograph album featuring images of Whitaker's Los Angeles ministry.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Mennonite Oregon Mission Prints and Slides, circa 1936-1939Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Mennonite Mission Building, Portland, Oregon Print, circa 1936Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Los Angeles, California Slides, circa 1940-1944Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Normandie Ave. / Calvary Mennonite Church (Los Angeles, California) Prints, circa 1943-1945Add to your cart.
Folder 13: 73rd St. Church (Los Angeles, California) and Family Prints, circa 1939-1945Add to your cart.
Folder 14: CPS Camp 45, Luray, Virginia Prints and Slides, 1942-1943Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Arroyo Seco Camp Prints and Slides, circa 1939-1941Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Hidden Valley Camp Prints and Slides, circa 1942-1944Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Wichita, Kansas Prints, circa 1948-1951Add to your cart.
Box 2 OVAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Photograph Album, circa 1939 - 1945Add to your cart.
Series 3: Sermon Ministry, 1950-1972Add to your cart.
After his mission work, Whitaker began a sermon ministry, first broadcasting sermons on the radio, and later creating sets of audiotapes and slides or filmstrips to send to individuals and congregations.  This series contains sudiotapes of sermons, slides and filmstrips (and the cards from which these slides and filmstrips were generated), and miscellaneous handouts and documents associated with the sermon ministry.  It also contains an unpublished manuscript on Ephesians.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Cards for "Illustrated Sermons on Ephesians", undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Cards for "Illustrated Sermons on Ephesians", undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Slides  for "Illustrated Sermons on Ephesians", 1966?Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Cards for "Christ in the Tabernacle", undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Cards for "Christ in the Tabernacle", undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Slides for "Christ in the Tabernacle", 1966?Add to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Cards for "Prophecies" Lessons, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Cards for "Prophecies" Lessons, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Cards for "Prophecies" Lessons, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Slides for "Prophecies" Lessons, 1966?Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Handouts for "Christ in the Tabernacle" Lessons, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Handouts for "Illustrated Sermons for Ephesians", undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Tabernacle Lessons, 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Illustrated Messages on Prophecy, 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 9: "Traveling Through Ephesians" Manuscript, 1978Add to your cart.
Box 5: Sound Recordings of Sermons and Lessons, circa 1950-1970Add to your cart.
21 radio sermons recorded from 1950 to 1953; "Illustrated Lectures on Ephesians" Lessons 1 and 2, "Christ in the Tabernacle" Lessons 1, 2, 3, and 4, and Prophecy 1 and 2.  This box also includes filmstrips for Lessons 1 and 2 for "Christ in the Tabernacle."  All tapes are open reel, except for an access copy of the Ephesians sermons copied on cassette tape.
Series 4: Phonograph Records, 1943-1950Add to your cart.
This set of phonograph records consists of recordings Whitaker made of groups that performed at the CPS camp he admininsterered and sermons.  Some of the sermons appear to be from his early sermon ministry.
Box 6: Phonograph Records, 1943-1950Add to your cart.

Set # 1, Phonograph Record Albums, 1943, 12 Original recordings; 9 1/2" disks

1/1-4    E. M. Yost, May 17, 1943, Record 1-4, Sermon, Harrisonburg, Virginia

1/5-7    A. C. Good, May 18, 1943, Record 1-3, Sermon, Harrisonburg, Virginia

1/8       Blank (unmarked side of phonograph record)

1/9-12  Maurice O' Connell, May 18, 1943, Record 1-4, Sermon, Harrisonburg, Virginia.

1/13     Ivan Moon, Record 1

1/14     James Clemens, Record 1

1/15     Lowell, Nissley, First Talk; George Largo, Second Talk, Record 1

1/16     Marvin Hartman, Fred Augsburger, Record 1

1/17     Martin Hartzler, Chester Graybill, May 1, 1943, CPS Camp #45, Record 1

1/18     Amos Groff, Kenneth Burkholder, David High, May 4, 1943, Luray, Virginia, Record 1

1/19     David Graybill, James Lehman, May 5, 1943 (Do not play and talk), Record 1

1/20     Edward Miller, Raymond Kramer, Isaac Helfrick, Record 1

1/21     Jesse Stoner, Kenneth Fisher, John Lauver, May 7, 1943, CPS Camp 45, Record 1

1/22     Miss Blosser, Miss Yoder, May 8, 1943, Record 1

1/23     Samuel Weaver, Norman Benner, Roy Brubaker, May 11, 1943, CPS Camp 45, Record 1

1/24     Delbert Gratz, Elvin Hege, Glenn Rupp, Record 1

Set #2, Phonograph Record Albums, 1943, 4 Original recordings; 9 1/2" disks

2/1       Ernest and Ida Borntrager, May 18, 1943, Songs, Take up thy cross

2/2       Ernest and Ida Borntrager, May 18, 1943, Songs

2/3       Ernest and Ida Borntrager, Songs

2/4       Quartet: Roy Brubaker; James Clemens; Kenneth Fisher; Isaac Helfrick

2/5       Male Quartet

2/6       (Blank)

2/7       Story of Baby Moses, April 21, 1943

2/8       Story of Daniel, April 21, 1943

Set #3, Phonograph Record Albums, 1948-49, 12 Original recordings; 9 1/2" disks

3/1       Romans: Sermon 1, Side A, October 16, 1948

3/2       Romans: Sermon 1, Side B, October 16, 1948

3/3       Romans: Sermon 1, Side C.

3/4       Romans: Sermon 2, Side A, October 24, 1948

3/5       Romans: Sermon 2, Side B.

3/6       (This side spoiled)

3/7       Romans: Sermon 2, Side C.

3/8       (Blank)

3/9       Chickens Come Home to Roost, Side 1, Feb. 13, 1949          

3/10     Chickens Come Home to Roost, Side 2, Feb. 13, 1949

3/11     Chickens Come Home to Roost, Side 3

3/12     Roll Ye Away The Stone, Side 1, Feb. 19, 1949

3/13     Roll Ye Away The Stone, Side 2

3/14     Roll Ye Away The Stone, Side 3

3/15     The Christian As A Witness (flaw), Side 1, Feb. 26, 1949

3/16     The Christian As A Witness, Side 2, Feb. 26, 1949

3/17     The Christian As A Witness, Side 3, Feb. 26, 1949 (flaw)

3/18     The Needed Revival,  Side 1, March 4 (6 ?), 1949

3/19     The Needed Revival, Side 2, March 6, 1949

3/20     The Needed Revival, Side 3, March 6, 1949

3/21     The Second Coming of Christ, Side 1, March 12, 1949

3/22     The Second Coming of Christ, Side 2, March 12, 1949

3/23     The Second Coming of Christ, Side 3, March 12, 1949

3/24     (Blank)

Set #4, Phonograph Record Albums, 1948-50, 9 Original recordings; 9 1/2" disks

4/1       Old Fashioned Revival Hour

4/2       (Blank)

4/3       Triumphant in Life and Death, Side 1

4/4       Triumphant in Life and Death, Side 2

4/5       Triumphant in Life and Death, Side 3

4/6       (Blank)

4/7       The Story of Samuel, Ferne

4/8       A Robin for a Day, Ferne

4/9       Thanksgiving Prayer Service, 1948

4/10     (Blank)

4/11     First part of broadcast, April 16, 1950 (taken from radio) 33 1/3 rpm

4/12     (Blank)

4/13     Pastor's announcement for April 23    33 1/3 rpm

4/14     (Used)

4/15     Pastor's announcement #2, May 14, 33 1/3 rpm

4/16     (Used)

4/17     Pastor's announcements, use one nearest center. 33 1/3 rpm

4/18     (Void)

Set #5, Phonograph Record Albums, 1950, 9 Original recordings; 9 1/2" disks

5/1       Something out of nothing and order out of confusion, Valentine     Swartzendruber, June 14, 1950  Side 1

5/2       Something our of nothing and order out of confusion, Valentine     Swartzendruber, June 14, 1950  Side 2

5/3       Gideon (not for radio) Side 1

5/4       Gideon (not for radio)  Side 2

5/5       Gideon Side 1

5/6       (Used)

5/7       Gideon, Side 2

5/8       (Used)

5/9       Phil 1:21, Side 1 (marked "used")

5/10     Phil 1:21, Side 3  (marked "used")

5/11     Phil. 1:21, Side 4 (marked "used")

5/12     Phil. 1:21, Side 2 (marked "used")

5/13     Wonderful, Side 1,

5/14     Wonderful, Side 3, (marked "used)

5/15     Wonderful, Side 2,

5/16     Wonderful, Side 4,  (marked "used")

5/17     Joseph, Side 1,

5/18     Moses, Side 1,

5/19     Joseph, Side 2,

5/20     Moses, Side 2,

5/21     God Hath Spoken, Side 1

5/22     Greater Than Angels, Side 1

5/23     God Hath Spoken, Side 2

5/24     Greater Than Angels, Side 2

Set #6, Phonograph Record Albums, no date, 9 Original recordings; 9 1/2" disks

6/1       Heb. 2:1-8, Side 1

6/2       The Great Salvation, Side 1

6/3       Heb. 2:1-8, Side 2

6/4       The Great Salvation, Side 2

6/5       Heb. 2:1-8, Side 1 (for L. A.)

6/6       Heb. 2:1-8, Side 2 (for L. A.)

6/7       The Great Salvation, Side 1 (for L. A.)

6/8       The Great Salvation, Side 2 (for L. A.)

6/9       The Great Salvation, Side 1 (for Wichita)

6/10     The Great Salvation, Side 2 (for Wichita)

6/11     The Great Salvation, Side 1 (for Wichita)

6/12     (Poor)

6/13     God Is Love, Side 1 (marked "void")

6/14     (Blank)

6/15     God Is Love, Side 2

6/16     (Blank)

6/17     God Is Love, Side 1, (for Wichita) Radio message by Glenn W. Whitaker

6/18     God Is Love, Side 2, (for Wichita) Radio message by Glenn W. Whitaker

Set #7, Phonograph Record Albums, 1950, 8 Original recordings; 11 3/4" disks

7/1       1. (no label)

7/2       3. (no label)

7/3       2. (no label)

7/4       (blank)

7/5       Come Thou Fount: Yield Not To Temptation (C)

7/6       Come Thou Fount:  His Own  (D)

7/7       1. Tis Midnight, 2. When I Survey the Wondrous Cross, 3.  He Arose,                    4. What Did He Do?  -6

7/8       1.  Praise to God Immortal Praise, 2. Oh love will not let me go, 3. There's no Friend to me like Jesus, 4. Hallelujah, What a Savior

7/9       The Crusader Quartet:  1. He Lives; 2. It Is Well;  3. There Is A Balm: 4. Softly and Tenderly,  Side 2

7/10     The Crusader Quartet:  1.  Stand Up:  2.  The Haven of Rest:  3.  Am I A   Soldier:  4.  Sound The Battle Cry:  5.  There Is A Fountain   Side 1

7/11     The Crusader Quartet:  Walking in Sunlight;  What A Friend.  5/31/50

7/12     The Crusader Quartet:  Ye Must Be Born Again:  Do You Know That        You've Been Born Again   5/31/50

7/13     Crusader Male Quartet:  We Shall Rise;  Lord, I'm Coming Home  5/31/50

7/14     Crusader Male Quarter:  He's A Wonderful Saviour To Me;  God Is Love  5/31/50

7/15     Holy, Holy is What the Angels Sing:  Ship Ahoy,  Rev. E. M. Yost

7/16     The Ninety and Nine:  Stranger of Galilee , Rev. E. M. Yost